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17 May 2016

Dear colleagues,

ESCMID has three new collaborative centres: the department of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Victoria, Australia; the Infectious Diseases department at the Doctor Salvador Bienvenido Gautier Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and the Infectious Diseases department at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion in Mexico City, Mexico.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


Apply by 24 May for a EU-funded PhD position at the Sepsis Academy

The European Sepsis Academy – Innovative Training Network (ESA-ITN) has 15 PhD positions available for early-stage (max. four years post-graduation) researchers wishing to focus on the pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis-induced immune suppression. ESA-ITN is a project supported by universities, research institutions (including ESCMID, International Sepsis Forum, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine) and companies offering an extensive sepsis-oriented joint training program to PhD students, who will benefit from attractive salary and working conditions under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) programme.

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CMI Editor-in-Chief welcomes publication of systematic reviews

Leonard Leibovici, the new Editor-in-Chief of ESCMID’s journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection, welcomes systematic reviews, which address questions that are of interest to patients and clinicians. Other topics that lend themselves for reviews are outcomes that make a difference to patients and/or outcomes of mortality and resistance development frequently not addressed in primary studies. Diagnostic systematic reviews should base their conclusions mainly on studies that included the population of interest (e.g. patients suspected of harbouring a fungal infection) and not on studies that separately tested groups with and without the disease. One of the best sources describing an optimal methodology for systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be found in the Cochrane Handbook. The editorial office is looking forward to receiving your submissions.

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Application for ECDC observership in Stockholm open until 2 June

ESCMID members with a focus on public health may apply for an observership from 5 – 9 September with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm. A group of 10 observers are offered a five-day programme at ECDC where they will learn about the organization’s roles and responsibilities, its outputs, the EU surveillance and epidemic intelligence systems or the ECDC’s Public Health Microbiology Programme.

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