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9 August 2016
WEEKLY NEWS

Dear colleagues,

ESCMID has three new ECCs: the Temple Street Children's University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland; the Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology department at the Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI) in Cairo, Egypt.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors

 

University Medical Center Groningen offers 16 full-time PhD positions

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) offers 16 PhD positions within the project PRONKJEWAIL within its Microbes in Health and Disease programme. The full-time PhD positions in the medical specialties clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, microbiology, pharmacology and biochemistry are for four years. The training builds on four pillars: vaccines and primary prevention; personalized detection and infection prevention; iatrogenic influence on the microbiome; and personalized therapy and stewardship. Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent, be in the first four years of their career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

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CMI highlight: Rapid resistance test improves MRSA antibiotic therapy

Researchers in Switzerland and Australia conducted a clinical trial to find out if a fast molecular resistance test of Gram-positive cocci would allow physicians to initiate a targeted therapy with beta-lactams more quickly instead of starting with an empiric therapy with vancomycin. The researchers conclude that rapid determination of methicillin resistance in staphylococcal bacteraemia is accurate and significantly reduces the time to targeted antibiotic therapy in the subgroup of S. aureus, thereby avoiding unnecessary exposure to vancomycin. The study was published in ESCMID’s journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection.

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ESGAP survey on liability linked to antibiotic prescribing & stewardship

The ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) is conducting a survey on the legal responsibility associated with antibiotic prescribing and advising. We encourage all senior infectious disease specialists and clinical microbiologists to take part in this short online survey about legal liability and antibiotic stewardship. The survey is anonymous and only takes 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your support!

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