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16 May 2017

Dear colleagues,

We have some interesting profiles of researchers who are looking for a job. Check out ESCMID’s job platform.

ESCMID has a new ECC in Turkey: Clinical Microbiology at Ege University School of Medicine in Izmir.

ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) has changed its name to ESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial stewardshiP.

Your ESCMID communications editors


ESGAP publishes paper on reduced access to older antibiotics in CMI

ESCMID’s study group on antibiotic policies ESGAP published a paper on the access to older antibiotics in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection. The study showed that antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market. ESGAP conducted the study with researchers from Action on Antibiotic Resistance (ReAct), the International Society of Chemotherapy, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the French Infectious Diseases society (SPILF). Have a look at the paper and the press release.

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CMI highlight: Should we screen asymptomatic MSM for urethral gonorrhoea?

Researchers in Australia examined if men who have sex with men (MSM) without urethritis symptoms should be screened for urethral gonorrhoea. They used sensitive nucleic acid amplification testing to assess the rate of asymptomatic urethral gonorrhoea in MSM attending a sexual health centre for sexually transmitted infection screening. The study showed that about one in ten of those with positive urine tests reported no symptoms. The findings support guidelines that recommend screening asymptomatic MSM for urethral gonorrhoea.

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Job opening for professional affairs manager at ESCMID office in Basel

To support the future development of our non-profit society ESCMID is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the position of a Professional Affairs Manager (80%) in Basel, Switzerland. The new person will replace Dianne White, who will be leaving the ESCMID office in the summer. We thank Dianne for 15 years of dedicated work for the society.

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You may now apply for an observership at WHO in Copenhagen

On ESCMID’s website you find more information on the objectives and election criteria for the one-week observership at the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for Europe, Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment (DCE). The deadline for applications is 6 June at 12:00 noon CET.

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EMA 2016 annual report focuses on antimicrobial surveillance, vaccine hesitancy

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) has published its 2016 annual report. EMA recommended a marketing authorisation for 81 medicines for human use, including 27 new active substances. On the veterinary side, 11 medicines were approved, including six new active substances. One in three of these prevent viral or bacterial infections in food-producing animals. EMA’s report also highlights three main topics in 2016 including vaccine hesitancy and surveillance of antimicrobial consumption.

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