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3 May 2016

Dear colleagues,

ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts ESGICH was responsible for a special issue of the journal Virulence, which was published last week. Most of the articles in the ESGICH-endorsed issue focusing on bloodstream infections are freely accessible on the journal’s website.

Don’t forget: 5 May is WHO’s Hand Hygiene Day 2016!

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


ESCMID endorses epidemiology and infection control course in Bochum

The Aesculap Akademie training course in healthcare epidemiology and infection control (IC) takes place in Bochum, Germany, from 4 – 7 October 2016. ESCMID also provides a number of attendance grants for young scientist members covering the registration fee. The training course consists of a plenary part and three separate practical tracks; how to analyze a high rate of surgical side infections, how to analyze a possible Clostridium difficile outbreak and a third with four interactive master classes. The course targets IC nurses, infectious disease physicians, medical microbiologists and other specialists involved in hospital epidemiology or IC. The cases require some basic knowledge on epidemiology and statistics as well as basic experience with databases.

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Registration deadline for forensics course in Leuven is 16 May

The postgraduate workshop Application of Molecular Diagnostics in Forensic Microbiology 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. Moreover, participants are able to create new networks between microbiologists, forensic pathologists and allied professions and build capacity in order to facilitate the application of molecular microbiology in this multidisciplinary field across Europe.

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Survey on clinical usage of polymyxin antibiotics by University of Illinois

We encourage you to take part in a short (10 minutes) survey on polymyxins by researchers at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The purpose of their survey is to address clinicians’ knowledge and attitudes concerning the use of polymyxin antibiotics and the perceived quality of the available information. The investigators would like to include more information on European clinicians’ attitudes and practices pertaining to these agents to bolster efforts to push for an international guideline.

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Parity Commission's Blog discusses why women reject careers in academic medicine

In a new entry by Angela Huttner in the Parity Commission Blog discusses a review in The Lancet on why women choose or reject careers in academic medicine.

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