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6 February 2018

Dear colleagues,

The EnTIRE consortium invites stakeholders from the European scientific community (researchers, journal editors, members of national or local ethics/integrity committees, science policy makers, industry researchers, and representatives from research funding organisations) to a closed online discussion that will be held from 19 February – 4 March 2018. To safeguard ethics and integrity in scientific research EnTIRE, a H2020 project funded by the European commission, aims to create an online platform that makes information about research Integrity and research ethics easily accessible to the research community. If you are interested to participate you can sign up and/or request more information here.

ESCMID supports a free webinar meeting on antimicrobial stewardship in surgery on 16 May 2018.

Your ESCMID communications editors


ECDC to support EUCIC’s IPC training programme

ESCMID’s European Committee on Infection control (EUCIC) is delighted that the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) has agreed to contribute to its training programme in Infection Prevention and Control. ECDC’s contribution is expected in the areas of surveillance, epidemiology and data analysis, and the centre will offer an observership programme covering several of the modules.

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CMI highlight: evaluation of methods for Toxoplasma and human DNA extraction

Molecular detection of Toxoplasma gondii plays a crucial role in the prenatal and neonatal diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis (CT). Sensitivity of this diagnosis is partly related to the efficiency of parasite DNA extraction and amplification. Researchers from France evaluated different DNA extraction methods with automated platforms in combination with adequate PCR amplification assays. They showed variable efficacy among the DNA extraction procedures in isolating ≤5 T. gondii cells/mL in amniotic fluid samples. Moreover, for a given DNA extraction method, variable results were obtained among the two Toxoplasma-PCR assays for detecting ≤5 T. gondii cells/mL: when using TaqMan PCR, all the automated systems yielded more than 60% of positive results. Nevertheless, when testing the DNA extracts in triplicate, four out of six extraction methods allowed a satisfactory detection of low amounts of T. gondii DNA (≥33% of positive results) independently of the PCR assay used. They conclude that despite the influence of the subsequent PCR method used, this study should help microbiologists in the choice of DNA extraction methods for the detection of T. gondii in amniotic fluid. They recommend checking if the extraction method is adequate for the PCR assay used.

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Grant deadline for migrant health course in Oman is 9 February 2018

Together with the World Health Organization, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and Oman’s Ministry of Health, ESCMID is organizing a postgraduate workshop on migrant health from 8 – 10 March 2018. The course will show how to monitor migrants’ health and how to prevent and control infectious diseases in migrants in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and eastern Mediterranean countries. They will discuss the impact of migrants on the health systems of the hosting countries especially for vaccine preventable diseases, importation of communicable diseases and AMR as well as the role and impact of migrants on the elimination programmes for tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and hepatitis B and C. The grant application deadline for the course is 9 February 2018.

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