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2 February 2021

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ECCMID Registration now open!

Registration for the 31st ECCMID is now open!

Take advantage of the early bird fees, where a full registration (onsite and online) is the same price as an online-only ticket. This way, you'll be prepared for ECCMID with no financial risk, whether you attend onsite or online!

Early bird fees are valid until 21 April, 2021.

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Share your ESCMID/ECCMID experiences in the ESCMID Yearbook

ESCMID is preparing the 2020/2021 Yearbook, and we want you to share your moments with us and the rest of the ESCMID membership!

If you would like to take part, we would welcome your pictures from any ESCMID-related event or activity, to include in a photo collage on feature pages in the yearbook. This could be from ECCMID, an educational course, observership, anything!

Our goal is to highlight ESCMID members from all over the world, showing their experiences and memories from times together.

If you would like to submit any of your images, please send them to info@escmid.org by 12 February 2021. Please also include your full name, city and country.

By sending pictures, you will become part of the yearbook and agree that ESCMID can use the picture for the above mentioned purpose, without any further consent from your side.

ECCMID Preliminary Programme released

The Preliminary Programme for ECCMID has been published, and can be viewed on the ECCMID website.

View the confirmed keynotes (including highlights from WHO members and Nobel laureates), scientific symposia, meet-the-expert sessions and educational workshops, with many more to be added!

The programme will continue to be updated with new sessions as they are confirmed, including sessions on COVID-19.

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ESCMID COVID-19 Websymposia series – Save the date

ESCMID is proud to announce that a series of 5 open-access websymposia will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, starting on Tuesday, 16 February 2021. 

The first websymposia is titled ‘COVID-19 Diagnostics’, will take place on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 from 16:00-18:00 CET and is now available for registration on the ESCMID Website.

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ESCMID Study Group Elections

On Monday, January 25th, we have opened elections for the Executive Committee of the Study Groups listed below. The election procedure consists of 1) a nomination phase in which members can propose themselves as candidate, nominate other members or support nominations. Each nominee must be supported by two other members; 2) an election phase in which the members are invited to vote. The timeline for most Study Groups is the following:

  • Nomination phase: 25/01/2021 - 08/03/2021
  • Approval of the list of nominees: 09/03/2021 - 25/03/2021
  • Election phase: 26/03/2021 - 09/04/2021
  • Approval of elected members: 10/04/2021 - 20/04/2021
  • Communication of the results: 30/04/2021
  • The new Executive Committee takes office at ECCMID 2021: 09/07/2021 - 12/07/2021

To participate in the election process, log in to my.escmid.org with your ESCMID credentials and click on the “Study Group Elections” icon. Only members with a valid ESCMID membership can take part in the election process. Please be sure to renew immediately your ESCMID membership, should it expire before 10 April 2021

The Study Groups that have opened or will soon open elections are: ESGAI, ESGB, ESGBIES, ESGEM, ESGIAI, ESGICH, ESGMAC, ESGMD, ESGNI, ESGVH, ESGVM.

For any questions, contact science@escmid.org

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25 years of EMA engagement with patients and healthcare professionals

EMA has published a short video to show a timeline of EMA's interactions with patients and healthcare professionals over the past 25 years. The involvement of these key stakeholder groups in EMA activities has evolved with advances in legislation and increased awareness that the voices of patients and healthcare professionals, who are ultimately the groups most affected by regulatory outcomes, contribute significant added value to our decision-making.

Feel free to promote the video by sharing it via your personal social-media channels and read more about patient, healthcare professional and academia engagement in the EMA Stakeholder engagement report 2018-2019 (PDF).

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New Face for Leprosy: Website launched

On World Leprosy Day (31 January), the new website for the ‘New Face for Leprosy’ Project was launched.

The Face for Leprosy project is committed to showing people affected by leprosy experiencing normal life, working and having a family, to reduce the stigma experienced by people affected by leprosy.

You can view the website at newfaceleprosy.com

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CMI highlight: Defining the role of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 transmission – a living systematic review

Reports suggest that asymptomatic individuals (those with no symptoms at all throughout infection) with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are infectious, but the extent of transmission based on symptom status requires further study. 

This living review aims to critically appraise available data about secondary attack rates from people with asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. 

From the analysis of the studies included it emerges that asymptomatic patients can transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others, but such individuals are responsible for fewer secondary infections than people with symptoms.

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