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24 October 2017

Dear colleagues,

Last week, the Council of the Union Européenne des Médicins Spécialistes (UEMS) approved a core training programme for medical microbiology, which was prepared by the UEMS Section of Medical Microbiology and represents a long-awaited document, which is crucial for the harmonization of specialist training in medical/clinical microbiology in Europe. The UEMS Council also approved the implementation of a multidisciplinary joint committee on infection control, whose goal is to define European standards for medical education and training in infection control. Several prominent ESCMID members helped initiate and advance both initiatives.

You may be interested to read an entertaining but serious blog post by Marc Bonten about the potential (and the limitations) of bacteriophages to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is funding 25 investigators with more than $9 million to pilot innovative solutions and explore knowledge gaps about antibiotic resistance related to the human microbiome, healthcare settings, and surface water and soil. You can find a description of the projects, which are part of the agency’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative on the CDC website.


ISF award for top sepsis abstract submitted to ECCMID 2018

The ISF/ESCMID Sepsis Award 2018 recognizes an outstanding sepsis abstract submitted to the 28th ECCMID 2018. All abstract submitters in the sepsis field are eligible for this $500 award. International Sepsis Forum (ISF) will review all sepsis-related abstracts and select a winner. The award jointly given by ISF and ESCMID will be presented during a symposium at ECCMID from 21 – 24 April 2018 in Madrid. The awardee must be present and give a short oral presentation on his/her research after the award ceremony. His/her name and the title of the project will be published in the Final Programme of the 28th ECCMID, the ESCMID Yearbook and on the ESCMID website. More information can be found on our society’s website.

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CMI highlight: review of European AMR surveillance programmes in livestock

Schrijver et al reviewed surveillance programmes reporting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and resistance genes in bacterial isolates from livestock and meat and compared them with those relevant for human health. They identified three types of systems: European Union (EU) programmes, industry-funded supra-national programmes and national surveillance systems. They found that most antibiotics of human interest are included in animal surveillance although results are difficult to compare due to lack of representativeness of animal samples. The authors suggest that EU/EEA countries should better standardise AMR monitoring and reporting in livestock and link them better to surveillance systems in humans. Reducing the delay between data collection and publication is also important to allow prompt identification of new resistance patterns, they conclude.

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Médecins Sans Frontières has opening for a research coordinator

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international humanitarian medical organization established in 1971, is looking for a research coordinator at its headquarters in Paris. The research coordinator supports studies and researches on reagents, consumables, laboratory products and training of the Mini-lab project. Together with the project manager, he ensures the implementation of the technical validations phases of reagents, consumables, laboratory products and training in the laboratory in order to determine whether products selected and developed meet the requirements set by the project specifications. The ideal candidate holds an MSc in microbiology with experience in medical bacteriology and the evaluation of diagnostics. To apply for the research coordinator position please use MSF’s recruitment page. MSF also has other interesting jobs that may be of interest to you, including a position for coordinator on reagent conception.

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Course on NGS integration from 30 October – 1 November in Israel

There are still a few places left in the workshop on the emerging role of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in clinical and public health microbiology, which takes place in Herzliya, Israel from 30 October 1 November 2017. Special focus will be placed on available sequencing technologies, their implementation in the microbiology laboratory settings, the use of various bioinformatics tools for analysing NGS outputs and clinical interpretation. Capacity building will take place using relevant exemplars such as surveillance of infection, outbreak investigation and control, antimicrobial resistance and food and water microbiology. Moreover, the course aims to create new networks between microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, bioinformaticians and other allied professions in the region to facilitate the application of NGS in the European neighbourhood.

The technical workshop on antibiotic therapy in practice organized by the ESCMID study group for antimicrobial stewardship (1 – 4 November 2017, Madrid, Spain) is fully booked.

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