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19 July 2016

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to present a new ESCMID Collaborative Centre: the Infectious Disease Department at the Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Led by Prof. Bijie Hu the department has a strong track record on comprehensive intervention and management of nosocomial infections such as ICU catheter-related infections, operation site infections, multiple drug-resistant bacteria infections and antimicrobial drug use.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


Summer School 2016: another success story

From 2 – 9 July another edition of our yearly Summer School was held in wonderful Seville in Spain. A record-breaking 76 participants from 29 countries enjoyed the excellent lectures by renowned experts in the field and have taken the opportunity to network with their peers in a relaxed setting. The presentations and a picture gallery can be found in our Online Lecture Library.

The Summer School next year will take place in Borstel, Germany, in July 2017. Please keep an eye on the website for more information.

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CMI highlight: R&D in the dark: what does it take to make one drug?

Jennifer Reid and Manica Balasegaram from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) published a paper on the organization’s opinion regarding research and development costs as well as access to medicines. The authors criticize the industry’s lack of cost transparency and the fact that the public contributes to R&D funds twice: through public investments as well as high prices. MSF calls for companies to become more transparent about their R&D costs and to proactively and systematically promote access to their products. The authors also urge governments to promote fair pricing and needs-driven innovation that protects access by supporting complementary R&D models.

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ESCMID-ASM drug development conference: Last chance to register with early-bird fee!

The deadline for registration with the early-bird fee is coming closer! Register until 22 July and benefit from reduced fees:

  • ESCMID/ASM Members: EUR 600
  • All others: EUR 700

Register now online HERE!

ESCMID and the American Society for Microbiology are jointly organizing a conference in Vienna, Austria, from 21 – 23 September 2016 to help researchers accelerate the development of new antimicrobials for drug-resistant infections. The conference will address issues such as the reliance on very robust preclinical studies, innovative clinical trial design, strong academic-industrial partnerships, and a requirement for early engagement with regulatory bodies in order to facilitate the processes for accelerated antimicrobial development.

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