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19 June 2018

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,

ESCMID Executive Office.


CMI highlight: Saliva as a diagnostic specimen for testing respiratory virus by a point-of-care molecular assay

The use of saliva as a specimen for the detection of respiratory viruses has been proposed as an alternative to nasopharyngeal aspirate or nasopharyngeal swab: saliva may have the advantage to cause less discomfort in patients and less risk for healthcare workers. In this paper, To and colleagues tested saliva and nasopharyngeal aspirate specimens using an automated multiplex molecular assay approved for point-of-care testing. They concluded that for these patients saliva is a suitable specimen for automated multiplex molecular assays and recommended to implement the use of saliva for respiratory virus testing in the clinical setting.

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ESCMID Grants available for ESCMID AMR course in Havana, Cuba.

This year, ESCMID is offering 10 grants to cover the cost of registration for deserving applicants for the course 'Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance: From Bench to Practice'. To apply, please write 100 words or less describing why it would be beneficial for you to attend the conference with the support of the ESCMID grant. After the selection process has been completed, Applicants showing the ability to be in Havana at the time of the conference will have their registration fee paid for by ESCMID. Entries may be directed to Carla Seiler: cubaconf2018@escmid.org

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Contribute to the International Conference on Migrant Health

Abstract Submissions for the International Conference on Migrant Health, to be held in Rome, Italy, from 1 - 3 October 2018 are closing on June 24. Be sure to have your research considered for this important update on one of the most rapidly changing areas of infectious diseases.

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ECCMID 2019: rating of submitted proposals

The ECCMID Programme Committee and the Education Subcommittee are currently evaluating and rating the 392 session proposals submitted for ECCMID 2019. Proposals were assigned according to session type and category. Programme Committee members review keynote lectures, educational workshops, meet-the-expert and symposia falling in their field of expertise. The Education Subcommittee focuses on educational workshop and meet-the-expert session proposals. Online rating will close on Sunday, 17 June 2018.

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Abstract Deadline for ESCMID/ASM Conference on Drug Development to Meet the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance is June 22.

The joint conference hosted by ESCMID and the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) is being held in Lisbon, Portugal from 4 - 7 September 2018. Don't miss out on your chance to submit your work to be part of the poster viewing program at this exciting event!

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Just 11 more days to submit your application for a funded observership!

Young scientist members (YSM) can still apply via our platform before 30 June. All ESCMID members can apply for unfunded observerships throughout the year on the same platform.

Please note that for funded applications, YSM should start planning their applications as soon as possible to allow enough time to obtain the required documents including the letter of endorsement from the ECC containing agreed objectives and dates. Please note that successful applicants will be notified in August 2018 therefore it is the applicant`s responsibility to ensure that there is enough time to organise their travel and visa (if applicable) before the planned visit.

For further information about the criteria for both funded and unfunded observerships, click here.

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