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23 Feb 2016

Dear colleagues,

Gunnar Kahlmeter explains on behalf of ESCMID and EUCAST the importance of developing antimicrobial breakpoints to fight resistance in an article published in Pharmaceutical Processing online. 

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


EUCAST contributed to ECDC EULabCap assessment report

The ECDC for the first time published the EULabCap report and the corresponding EU capability maps. The tools monitor laboratory capacities and capabilities in the EU/EEA to assess the risk posed by infectious diseases. EUCAST and the affiliated national committees contributed to the tool, which combines 60 indicators for primary diagnostic testing, national microbiology reference laboratory services and laboratory-based surveillance and epidemic response support. EULabCap is designed to help policy makers identify possible areas for action and evaluates the impact of capacity strengthening activities and health system reforms.

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Research projects selected for ESCMID Research Grants

ESCMID congratulates the 15 grant applicants selected to receive Research Grants 2016. You may find more information on the grantees and the funded projects online. We want to take this opportunity to address all the reviewers, who gave their expert advice on 126 research grant applications submitted for 2016! Thank you for your commitment and dedication!

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New entry on parity commission blog on geographic balance

Dan Otelea, the ESCMID Parity Commission’s advocate on geographic balance shares his experience working at a Louis Pasteur laboratory in France as a non-native. He elaborates on how well richer and poorer countries are represented in the scientific world and looks forward to your comments.

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Registration DL for ESCMID AM stewardship course: 1 March

The postgraduate course on antimicrobial stewardship takes place in Ijmuiden Aan Zee near Amsterdam from 7 - 8 April immediately before ECCMID. The objectives of the course are to teach participants the basic principles of antimicrobial resistance, consumption surveillance and antimicrobial stewardship. Participants will also learn how to conduct quality management and how to address barriers to antimicrobial stewardship in various settings.

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