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5 July 2016

Dear colleagues,

If you have not done so, we encourage you to take part in our antibiotic policies study group’s short online survey on the legal responsibilities associated with antibiotic prescribing and advising conducted. Thank you for your support!

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


Use the summer break to apply for a 2017 research grant

Applications for next year’s ESCMID research grants are being accepted until 13 October 2016 at 12:00 noon CET. Please note that for uneven years (2017) we only accept proposals for projects dealing with fungal/viral/parasitic infections and diseases (including diagnostics, pathogenesis, susceptibility, resistance, stewardship and vaccines). This focus increases the chances of the individual projects. In addition to the regular grants worth EUR 20,000, ESCMID has reserved up to EUR 50,000 each for two excellently rated projects.

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CMI highlight: herpes zoster infection raises risk for stroke/TIA

Researchers at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul in South Korea used a large database to show that herpes zoster infection is a risk factor for stroke and transient ischaemic attacks (TIA) for several years. People diagnosed with shingles were almost twice as likely to have a TIA or full-blown stroke. The risk was highest in the youngest people studied and it continuously decreased over time. The authors suggest investigating whether more aggressive anti-viral treatment of varicella zoster could prevent death and serious disability due to stroke. Read the press release or the abstract in CMI.

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Call for volunteers to test the abstract system for ECCMID 2017

We are looking for about 15 volunteers to test the new abstract submission system for ECCMID 2017, 22-25 April 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Those who would like to help may send an email to . On the congress website you find more information about abstract submission, which is open from 29 August to 30 November 2016.

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