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27 April 2021

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Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ECCMID 2021 Latebreaker abstract submission – Submit your abstract now!

Latebreaker abstract submission is now open, and is open until 7 May 2021 at 16:00 CEST!

The ECCMID Programme Committee will allow, as an exception this year, the submission of regular research abstracts during the late-breaker call, for members of our community who could not prepare and submit their work during the regular call due to involvement in the pandemic response. These abstracts could belong to any of the abstract categories, but abstracts focusing on COVID-19 and the other late-breaker categories are highly encouraged.  

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ESCMID online postgraduate course: Clinical and social dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic: the case of pregnant women and children

The ESCMID online postgraduate education course ‘Clinical and social dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic: the case of pregnant women and children’ is now open for registration. 

The course will take place on 11 – 12 June 2021, and aims to educate current and future healthcare professionals in current practices and state of the art research focusing particularly on pregnant women and children in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The online event is organised by the Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE) and Young ESPID.

Find the programme flyer and link for registration for this and many other ESCMID online courses on the ESCMID online courses website.

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ESCMID Professional Affairs Webinar: Clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases specialists during the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic

ESCMID is pleased to announce another open-access Webinar on 12 May 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST. This webinar is free of charge and places are limited, so register today!

For more than one year now, clinical microbiologists (CM) and Infectious Diseases (ID) specialists have been involved in one of the greatest pandemics of the beginning of the century.

Many colleagues were overwhelmed by patients with COVID-19 and others were exhausted by testing patients and asymptomatic persons for SARS-CoV-2. 

In this webinar, we will focus for the first time on the professionals themselves, and not on the disease nor the microorganism, shifting focus instead onto the colleagues living this turmoil.

You will find more information such as the programme as well as the link to register for free at the link below.

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New ESCMID online postgraduate education courses open for registration

Are you planning your learning journey for 2021?

Be sure to check the ESCMID online postgraduate education programme, where two new courses have been recently added. 

Infections in the elderly - from bench to (beyond) bed

Crash course on invasive fungal infections

Find the programme flyer and link for registration for these and many other courses on the ESCMID online courses website.

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GARDP REVIVE Live Webinar: 29 April 2021

Don’t miss the next GARDP REVIVE Live webinar, taking place on Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 17:00 CEST.

Register now on the GARDP Website!

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CMI highlights: Recommendations for accurate genotyping of SARS-CoV-2 using amplicon-based sequencing of clinical samples

SARS-CoV-2 genotyping has been instrumental to monitor viral evolution and transmission during the pandemic. The quality of the sequence data obtained from these genotyping efforts depends on several factors, including the quantity/integrity of the input material, the technology as well as laboratory-specific implementation. The current lack of guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 genotyping leads to inclusion of error-containing genome sequences in genomic epidemiology studies. The present study aimes at establishing clear and broadly applicable recommendations for reliable virus genotyping.

It was found that at least 1000 viral genomes are necessary to confidently detect variants in the SARS-CoV-2 genome at frequencies of 10% or higher. The applicability of such recommendations was validated in over 200 clinical samples from six independent laboratories. The genotypes we determined for clinical isolates with sufficient quality cluster by sampling location and period. The present analysis also supports the rise in frequency of 20A.EU1 and 20A.EU2, two recently reported European strains whose dissemination was facilitated by travelling during the summer of 2020.

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