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22 November 2016

Dear colleagues,

Have a look at ESCMID’s press release or an article on its activities on the European Antibiotic Awareness Day. A summary of the AMR conference jointly organized by ESCMID and ASM was published in European Healthcare.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


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CMI highlight: Low response to pentavalent childhood vaccine in Laos

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Post-doc opening in molecular and cellular microbiology in Brussels

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ESCMID has a new ECC: a fungal research centre in Sari, Iran

The Medical Mycology/ Invasive Fungi Research Center at the School of Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, in Sari, Iran is the one of the country’s largest teaching and training departments specialized on MSc and PhD in fungal infections. The department is fully equipped to undertake molecular identification, antifungal drug resistance and epidemiologic studies of invasive fungal infections. In addition, it runs a specialized clinic for the diagnosis of fungal infections and has a very active research team focusing on the epidemiology of azole-resistant Aspergillus and Candida species.

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