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18 April 2017
WEEKLY NEWS

Dear colleagues,

The opening of ECCMID 2017 is less than a week away, and all last-minute preparations are in full swing at our Executive Office and onsite in Vienna. We hope you will be able to join us for another record-breaking ECCMID later this week.

Your ESCMID communications editors

 

Networking, Affiliated Societies and Pipeline Corner at ECCMID 2017

In the main hall close to the ESCMID booth you will find the Affiliated Societies Corner where affiliated societies present their activities as well as the Networking Corner where study groups, networks and teams present their research projects.

ECCMID will also feature a Pipeline Corner, where small innovative companies will present recent advances in their early-stage programmes to a wider audience. This year, we will have 13 companies participating in the pipeline talks, which are scheduled to take place on Sunday, 23 April from 12:30 – 14:00 in Foyer E.

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CMI highlight: Left ventricular assist device-related infections

Researchers in France assessed the occurrence of infections related to implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which are used in patients with end-stage heart failure. As the use of LVAD is expanding, infectious complications are emerging with limited data available to guide management. According to the study more than one in five patients had at least one infectious complication. The main bacteria isolated were Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Corynebacterium sp. LVAD could be retained in all patients with the use of prolonged antibacterial treatment. The authors concluded that LVAD-related infections are common after implantation, and that they can be controlled with antibiotics.

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Parasitology study group publishes newsletter; conducts VL survey

The ESCMID Study Group for Clinical Parasitology (ESGCP) newsletter contains information on upcoming parasitology conferences, latest papers in parasitology, ongoing research projects and publications as well as sessions co-organized at ECCMID 2017 in Vienna. ESGCP is also conducting a short survey on the diagnosis and the management of visceral leishmaniasis in European countries.

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