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27 February 2018

Dear colleagues,

ESGAP contributed to a commentary on old antibiotics published in the Lancet ID where the authors state that old antibiotics are crucial for the management of common bacterial infections. They warn that shortages and sudden price increases may lead to a deterioration of clinical outcome, accelerated development of resistance and increased healthcare costs.

Mario Mondelli, the chair of ESCMID’s viral hepatitis study group, will receive the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Recognition Award for 2018.

We will soon be accepting funded observership applications. Make sure you make the deadline by collecting all required paperwork beforehand. Click here to see what you need and good luck with your application! You can apply for unfunded places throughout the year.

Your ESCMID communications editors


Late-breaker submission deadline is 1 March 2018

You only have a few days left to submit your abstracts with late-breaking research results. The submission is open until Thursday, 1 March 2018 at 23:59 CET. Late-breaking abstracts are accepted if they are of outstanding scientific quality, adding value to the scientific programme and if they contain novel data, which only became available after the end of November.

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EUCIC Infection Prevention starts this week in Groningen

The two-year training programme started this week with a basic and compulsory module in Groningen. Advanced modules follow in June and October of 2018, and in January, March, May and September of 2019. In addition, trainees will have the opportunity to attend local modules in different countries comprising the topics of the curriculum, follow e-learning modules, and apply for observerships.
With the EUCIC Infection Prevention and Control Certificate, EUCIC aims to provide a unique European perspective on infection prevention and control. It does this by sharing the expertise and competencies within training centres, countries and professions. This collaborative effort will result in the training of a new generation of IPC specialists. The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) has agreed to contribute to the training programme in the areas of surveillance, epidemiology and data analysis. A detailed description of the full programme can be found on the website.

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CMI website: a resource for collections, guidelines, topical material

CMI’s new website is a useful resource for students, training residents and infectious disease specialists who are teaching or mentoring. They may access collections, materials on emerging infections as well as guidelines and position papers. The new page offers better guidance for authors and has a friendlier look.

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EUCAST invites ID, CM colleagues to contribute to proposal

EUCAST invites colleagues in both ID and CM to give their view on the Public Consultation on “The EUCAST proposal to modify definitions of susceptibility categories S, I and R and introducing an Area of Technical Uncertainty (ATU)”. EUCAST proposes to retain susceptibility categories “S, I, and R” but to change the definitions to “Susceptible, standard dosing regimen”, “Susceptible, increased exposure”, and “Resistant”.

EUCAST executive urges ESCMID’s members contribute to the public consultation. It is important that members active in the ESCMID network are in favour of keeping the letters S, I and R but adapting the meanings in the current definitions. As methodological uncertainty of antimicrobial susceptibility testing is now the sole responsibility of the laboratory, clinical colleagues should be expected to trust all three of the categories. You may also find previous consultations on the same website. 

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AMS course in Spain before ECCMID 2018

The course Antimicrobial Stewardship: Implementing the Change organized by the ESCMID study group for antimicrobial stewardship and the Spanish study group on healthcare-associated infections GEIRAS takes place from 19 – 20 April 2018 in San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain – right before ECCMID 2018. The objective of the course is to teach the scientific background of antimicrobial stewardship interventions in various settings: hospital (medicine, surgery, ICU, haematology), primary care, general public, long-term care facilities. Trainees will understand the sociocultural, ethical and behavioural aspects of antimicrobial stewardship and learn about the relevance of the quality management/implementation aspects of antimicrobial stewardship. Experts will point out the barriers to antimicrobial stewardship and how to address them and will outline how to integrate antimicrobial stewardship education in undergraduate and postgraduate curricula of healthcare professionals. The registration deadline is 18 March.

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