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18 June 2019

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,

ESCMID Executive Office.


Abstract and Grant deadline extended for 5th ESCMID Conference on Vaccines

Scientists from all over the world get a last chance to share their work and submit their abstract via our easy-to-use platform until the 1st July 2019 – 23.59h CET. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this great conference. 

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ESCMID call for 2020 international postgraduate course proposals

Upon the direction of the ESCMID Executive Committee, a call is now open for proposals of Postgraduate Educational Courses and Technical Workshops, to be run in 2020. In particular, ESCMID is seeking courses from the following regions:

•Central and South America
•Eastern Europe

Selected courses will have their registrations collected and promotional material supplied by the ESCMID Executive Office, and local organisers will receive a EUR 5000.-contribution towards organisation, as well as a further EUR 5000.-towards attendance grants for ESCMID Young Scientist Members. 

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ESCMID Study Group Research Grants 2019: apply now!

Also in 2019, ESCMID will support Study Group research projects in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. The call to apply for the ESCMID Study Group Research Grants is officially opened and the deadline for submitting your applications is 17 July 2019, 17:00 CEST.

All the info regarding the ESCMID Study Group Research funding are available here.

Please carefully read the updated “What you need to apply” section: important changes have been made compared to the previous call.

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Second ESCMID Course on Precision Medicine (26 – 28 September 2019, Rome, Italy): register now!

Organiser: ESCMID Parity Commission

Course Coordinators:

- Prof. Maurizio Sanguinetti, Rome, Italy
- Dr Alexandra Mailles, Saint-Maurice, France
- Dr Angela Huttner, Geneva, Switzerland
- Dr Giulia De Angelis, Rome, Italy

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

- Understand the pharmacokinetic and epidemiologic heterogeneity in patient populations traditionally excluded from clinical studies such as the critically ill; the elderly; those with renal insufficiency; the obese; and female patients.
- Understand the evidence (or lack thereof) for medical decision-making in these populations.
- Explore both the limits and the strengths of current “one-size-fits-all” guidelines.
- Understand the clinical implications of variations in local epidemiology, microbiota, and regional perceptions regarding antimicrobial use.
- Explore the clinical evidence for recommended durations of antimicrobial therapy.
- Understand the variation in pharmacokinetics across populations.
- Explore the ethical dilemmas in antimicrobial decision-making (the individual versus society).

Please click here to complete your registration
by 15 July 2019!

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ESGFOR postgraduate course on Challenges in the diagnosis of life-threatening infections. 10-12 October 2019, Zagreb, Croatia

On behalf of ESCMID, the ESCMID study group for forensic and post-mortem microbiology (ESGFOR) invites you to the ESGFOR postgraduate course on Challenges in the diagnosis of life-threatening infections, taking place on October 10-12, 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia. The clinical, molecular and forensic diagnosis of life-threatening infections caused by classical and emerging pathogens will be discussed in depth through lectures and case discussions. This course is multidisciplinary joining microbiology and pathology.

Register here!

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WHO biosafety video series

Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are primary containment devices designed to protect laboratory workers and the surrounding environment from potential exposure to infectious agents. This series of video footage is intended to promote proper usage of BSCs, which is no doubt the most critical biocontainment apparatus. Knowing some requests of the participants of the WHO’s basic biosafety Training-of-Trainer course in Africa last year, WHO decided to develop visual aids suitable to facilitate local training efforts.

WHO biosafety video series - Biological safety cabinet (BSC) 1: Introduction

WHO biosafety video series - Biological safety cabinet (BSC) 2: Preparatory steps

WHO biosafety video series - Biological safety cabinet (BSC) 3: Best practices for safe usage

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CMI highlight: CMI: how did we do in 2018?

J. Friedman, L. Leibovici reported on the performance of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (CMI) in 2018 and reaffirmed their goal of involving our readers, authors and reviewers in journal activities and decisions. The 3 figures and 2 tables proposed highlight the increases in submissions, downloads, citations and social visibility of CMI observed during the year 2018.

To help us improve, please write to us (jlubom2@gmail.com): on which topics should CMI reviewers focus in the coming months? How can we make CMI more useful to its readers?

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