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24 January 2017

Dear colleagues,

The European Dermatology Forum and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology published guidelines on the treatment of herpes zoster.

Your ESCMID communications editors


Record number of abstracts submitted to ECCMID 2017

We have received a record 5,000 abstracts for ECCMID. The ECCMID 2017 Programme Committee has accepted 3,500 abstracts for presentation at the congress. We have informed the abstract submitters.

We want to take the opportunity to thank all abstract submitters, members of the programme committee and reviewers for their commitment to the congress, and we are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna from 22 – 25 April 2017. The final scientific programme will be published in February.

Late-breaking abstracts, which have not been included in the above-mentioned number, may be submitted from 15 February – 1 March 2017.

To benefit from the early-bird registration deadline, please register before 26 January 2017. Make sure you use our official website to book your hotels to get the best rates.

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ESCMID experts assess STROBE tool for antimicrobial stewardship

Several experts active in the ESCMID network contributed to an important paper published in the BMJ Open that aimed at assessing a tool that helps optimise epidemiological studies examining the association between antimicrobial usage and development of resistance. The researchers reviewed and evaluated relevant epidemiological studies according to the items of the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) tool for quality of reporting. The study showed that reporting is currently rather poor. The implementation of the newly developed STROBE for antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) tool should enhance study design and reporting, and therefore contribute to the improvement of evidence to be used for AMS programme development and assessment. The new tool is available on the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research EQUATOR website.

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Grant deadline approaching for bloodstream infection course in Nice

This postgraduate education course from 28 – 31 March targets 20 to 60 microbiologists and infectious disease specialists who want updated knowledge on the theoretical and practical aspects of current and advanced diagnosis and management of bloodstream infection (BSI). Speakers will present advanced technologies to improve disease management in a context of challenges including multi-drug resistant pathogens as well as new approaches such as novel molecular detection tools, or anti-infective lock therapy in catheter-associated BSI. Participants who want to apply for an attendance grant must apply before 27 January. Find out more about the programme, grant application and registration timelines.

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