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8 November 2016

Dear colleagues,

WHO published the first ever global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection. They include a list of 29 concrete recommendations that are available on the WHO website.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


Call for Excellence & Young Investigator Awards closes 15 November

Nominations are accepted until 15 November 2016 at 12:00 noon CET for the Award for Excellence in recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to science, education or professional affairs in the field of infection as well as for the Young Investigator Award, which rewards outstanding research and stimulates further studies at the highest scientific level.

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CMI highlight: Endpoints for trials comparing antibiotics for bloodstream infection

An international research group led by the University of Queensland in Australia defined standardized endpoints to aid the design of trials that compare antibiotic therapies for bloodstream infection (BSI), including Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative BSI. They defined different primary and secondary endpoints for small-scale pilot studies designed to evaluate protocol design, feasibility and implementation as well as larger-scale trials designed to test hypotheses and influence clinical practice. These new endpoints provide a framework to aid future trial design, the authors conclude. Further work will be required to validate them with respect to patient-centred clinical outcomes. The paper is important because randomized controlled trials are the basis of evidence-based management of patients. The findings will help investigators choose endpoints that improve the management of patients.

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We congratulate the newly elected TAE Steering Committee members

The following candidates were elected: Zaira Palacios Baena (Seville, Spain) and Cansu Çimen (Istanbul, Turkey) for infectious diseases as well as Caroline Rönnberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and Thea-Christin Zapf (Marburg, Germany) for clinical microbiology. We welcome them to the TAE Steering Committee. We thank all candidates for their interest and active participation in the electoral procedure.

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Save the date: MENA Beirut conference: 4/5 March 2017

The MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) is a hotbed for many well-known and emerging infectious diseases. Due to political instability and migratory flows, the region might contribute greatly to the global spread of infectious diseases. The conference, jointly organized by ESCMID, The LANCET Infectious Diseases, Fondation Mérieux, ESA (Ecole Supérieure des Affaires) and AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie), will bring together local scientists and renowned international experts to address this important issue for global health.

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