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29 March 2016

Dear colleagues,

The ESGBIS study group sent out a press release on the initiation of the European Sepsis Academy, an EU-funded project aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of the life-threatening condition. 

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


ECCMID Pipeline Corner with presentations by early-stage companies

Small innovative pharmaceutical companies with early-stage antimicrobial therapies in development are given a platform at ECCMID to present their R&D pipelines and recent advances in their early-stage programmes to a wider audience. The pipeline corner will take place between 13:00 and 14:00 on Sunday, parallel to the poster sessions.

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ESCMID Research Grants provide funding for successful projects

We would like to highlight two publications in 2015 on excellent projects that were made possible by ESCMID research grants. Rasmus Hare Jansen, Copenhagen, Denmark, co-funded by an ESCMID Research Grant in 2013, published a paper on the examination of mutations in Candida albicans and its adaptation to antifungal exposure. The authors followed the stepwise emergence of multidrug-resistance by analysing Candida in a patient over time and scrutinized the observed changes by susceptibility testing, MLST, gene expression analysis and virulence determination in an insect model.

A second publication worth highlighting was project co-funded by an ESCMID Research Grant 2011 to Thamarai Schneiders, Belfast, United Kingdom. The author describes how microbial immune evasive strategies contribute to the development and persistence of antimicrobial resistance. She showed that RamA plays a role in both protection against antibiotic challenge and also against the innate host immune response thus resulting in Klebsiella that are less susceptible to antibiotics and simultaneously more virulent. As of July, we are looking forward to receiving project submissions focusing on fungal, viral and parasitic infections and diseases for the 2017 research grants.

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Members may apply for an ESCMID Summer School grant until 1 April

The one-week course dedicated to postgraduate and continuing medical education takes place from 2 – 9 July 2016 in Seville, Spain. The summer school’s programme covers a broad range of topics in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases and will interest young MDs at the end of their specialty training as well as biologists, pharmacists, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows working in the infection field.

We also still have a few places left for the postgraduate workshop Application of Molecular Diagnostics in Forensic Microbiology, which takes place from 2 – 3 June in Leuven, Belgium. Leading scientists in forensic and molecular microbiology will present their insights into the most recent breakthroughs and current applications of molecular diagnostics in forensic microbiology.

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