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8 October 2019

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ESCMID Education Programme 2020 now available!

Already planning your learning journey for 2020? – Have a look at the upcoming ESCMID Postgraduate Educational Courses and Technical Workshops on the ESCMID Educational Activities Website.

Courses and workshops will become available for registration soon, and will be announced in the ESCMID weekly news and on our social media channels as they become available.

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ECCMID 30 under 30

For the 30th anniversary of ECCMID in Paris, ESCMID is compiling a list of the 30 best and brightest minds under 30 years of age. Successful candidates will be featured in the ECCMID 2020 Programme Booklet. Nominate yourself or a colleague at the ECCMID website.

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ESCMID and IDSA meeting at IDWeek2019 in Washington DC.

ESCMID and IDSA leadership met during IDWeek in Washington DC, USA. Strengthening the collaboration between the two societies to build a stronger worldwide ID community.

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Applications of Young Scientists Members are now being accepted for 50 ESCMID funded Observerships

Did you know that the call for ESCMID Funded Observerships is open since today? We hope that all ESCMID Young Scientist Members take this opportunity to apply for one of the 50 observerships by using the link below. The call is open until 7th November 2019, 12:00 (CET) only for applicants under 35 years or under 40 years and still in training. There you will also find more information about the full eligibility criteria and instructions on how to start the application process.

In case of questions, please contact: observership@escmid.org

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Via ECDC: Expressions of interest for the European Commission Expert Panels on Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices is now open

The European Commission has published a call for expression of interests to appoint experts to scientific panels.

The selected experts will need to provide consistent scientific, technical and/or clinical advice concerning the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices.

Find out more about the call on the European Commission website

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CMI highlight: Use of drones in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases: current status, challenges and barriers

Mario Poljak and Anja Šterbenc summarise current knowledge regarding the use of drones in healthcare, focusing on infectious diseases and/or microbiology when applicable.

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are autonomous or remotely controlled multipurpose aerial vehicles driven by aerodynamic forces and capable of carrying a payload. Whereas initially used exclusively for military purposes, the use of drones gradually spread into other areas. Given their great flexibility and favourable costs, the use of drones has also been piloted in various healthcare settings.

Information was sought through PubMed and extracted from peer-reviewed literature published between January 2010 and August 2019 and from reliable online news sources. The search terms drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, microbiology and medicine were used.

Peer-reviewed literature on the use of drones in healthcare has steadily increased in recent years. Drones have been successfully evaluated in various pilot programs and are already implemented in some settings for transporting samples and delivering blood, vaccines, medicines, organs, life-saving medical supplies and equipment. In addition, a promising proof-of-concept “lab-on-a-drone” was recently presented as well as several pilot studies showing the benefits of drone use in surveillance and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

The authors concluded that the potential for the use of drones in clinical microbiology, infectious diseases and epidemiology is enormous. Drones can help improve access to health care for people who might otherwise not receive appropriate care due to distance and lack of infrastructure or funds. However, factors such as national airspace legislation and medical legal issues, differences in topography and climate, cost-effectiveness, attitude and community acceptance in different cultures and societies currently prevent the widespread use of drones. Significant cost savings in terms of ground transportation, speed and convenience of delivery, as well as the growth of the UAV sector, will likely result in the implementation of UAVs in various medical fields over the next five years.

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Guidance Reminder: ESCMID call for clinical practice guidelines projects 2019

The ESCMID Guideline Subcommittee invites ESCMID members and ESCMID study groups to submit proposals for clinical practice guidelines projects in the 4 priority topics identified by the first global survey among stakeholders in the infectious diseases, clinical microbiology and infection control field across the world. The (broad) topics are:

• Antimicrobial stewardship
• Diagnosis and management of influenza
• Surgical prophylaxis and infection control means, in patients colonised by MDR pathogens before surgery
• Diagnostic and treatment of non-hospitalized Community Acquired Pneumonia

Full details can be found in the call text and in the newly released ESCMID manual for guidance documents. Deadline for project proposals is 31th of October 2019.

For any questions, please write to guidancedocuments@escmid.org

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