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21 July 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ECCVID Abstract Submission now open

Don’t miss the opportunity to submit your abstract for the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease, taking place online from 23–25 September 2020.

The call is now open and will run for 2 weeks, closing on 3 August 2020.

See the ESCMID Website for the abstract submission guidelines and template.

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ESCMID Study Group Research Grants 2020:
the call will close soon, apply now!

Also in 2020, 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 opened and the deadline for submitting your applications is 27 July 2020, 17:00 CEST. Apply now!

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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TAE Steering Committee (SC) Elections 2020 – Only few days left to submit your nomination!

The call is only a few more days open for nominations for new TAE Steering Committee (TAE SC) members with a background in Infectious Diseases. The vacancies are for a three-year term (January 2021- December 2023) will be filled with new members, who will be elected in July/August 2020.

The call for candidates is only open until Thursday, 23 July 2020, 12:00 noon CEST.

We ask all interested ESCMID Young Scientist Members below 35 years of age to submit their documents via the following link, which also describes the complete process and eligibility criteria.

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ESCMID Websymposiums on COVID-19 – Catch the replays

Looking for some summer learning materials on the current
COVID-19 pandemic?

ESCMID has recently conducted a series of websymposiums addressing various aspects of COVID-19, including infection control, diagnostics, international perspectives and public health.

You can watch replays of the websymposiums on the ESCMID E-Academy.

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CMI highlight: Value of lipocalin 2 as a potential biomarker for bacterial meningitis

Central nervous system (CNS) infections are common causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In this study the authors aimed to discover protein biomarkers that could rapidly and accurately identify the likely cause of the infections, essential for clinical management and improving outcome.

Liquid chromatography tandem mass-spectrometry was performed on 45 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from a cohort of adults with/without CNS infections to discover potential diagnostic biomarkers. The diagnostic performance of a selected biomarker candidate was then validated in an independent cohort of 364 consecutively treated adults with CNS infections admitted to a referral hospital in Vietnam.

The authors identified Lipocalin 2 (LCN2) as a potential biomarker of bacterial meningitis (BM) other than tuberculous meningitis. From the analysis of the validation cohort authors could shoe that LCN2 could discriminate BM from a broad spectrum of other CNS infections, including tuberculous meningitis, cryptococcal meningitis and viral/antibody-mediated encephalitis. With a further prospective study it would be needed to assess the diagnostic utility of LCN2 in the diagnosis and management of CNS infections.

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