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4 April 2017

Dear colleagues,

Barry Cookson has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians’ Excellence in Patient Care Awards. Professor Cookson was presented with his award by RCP president Jane Dacre at a dinner at Manchester Town Hall.

Your ESCMID communications editors


ECCMID is less than three weeks away!

Have a look at some ECCMID 2017 highlights presented by ESCMID President-elect Jesús Rodríguez Bańo who is also a member of the Management Board of COMBACTE-CARE. He talks about what makes ECCMID a crucial event in tackling AMR, and why is it important for COMBACTE to be there. You may download a pdf version of the ECCMID 2017 Programme Book where you find all the details on the scientific programme and you can plan your schedule on ECCMIDlive.

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CMI highlight: Identification of resistance markers in Candida

Using next-generation sequencing (NGS), researchers in Australia identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes known to be linked to multi-antifungal drug resistance, in 12 clinical samples of Candida glabrata. While SNPs in FKS1, FKS2, CgCDR1, CgPDR1, FCY2, ERG9 and CgFLR1 genes increased the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) to echinocandins, azole and/or 5-cytosine compounds, SNPs in EPA6, PWP2, PWP5 were not associated with higher drug MICs. The results of the study suggest that using NGS to identify mutational patterns in resistance genes of C. glabrata is feasible. 

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Educational course on sepsis from 1 – 3 June in Amsterdam

The course aims to provide an updated overview of all aspects of sepsis, from pathophysiology to management to infectious disease specialists, clinical microbiologists, intensive care physicians, emergency department physicians and paediatricians. Participants will have the opportunity to have new insights and scientific exchanges on sepsis diagnosis and treatment as well as discussions with the leaders in the field including this year’s ESCMID Excellence Award winner Thierry Calandra or ECCMID Programme Director Winfried Kern. The registration is open until 1 May. Find out more about the event, the programme and the faculty on the leaflet or the event website.

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ESGB organizes conference in Amsterdam from 19 – 22 September

The ESCMID Study Group on Biofilms (ESGB) organizes its bi-annual scientific conference, the 5th European Congress on Microbial Biofilms, in Amsterdam. You are invited to share your biofilm-related science with approximately 300 other scientists from 19 – 22 September 2017. Abstract submission and early registration are now open on the conference website.

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BSAC congress on diagnostics & vaccines in AMR in June, London

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) organizes the European Congress on Diagnostics and Vaccines in AMR 2017 on 8 – 9 June in London. Experts will discuss the current landscape but also future innovations that may start to answer some of the AMR questions. The congress is open to all healthcare professionals who have an interest in developing solutions to the AMR dilemma and preferential rates are offered for nursing staff, students and groups. You will get a 10% discount on the registration fee with the code ECCMID20.

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