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Since its founding in 1983, ESCMID has evolved to become Europe’s leading society in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases with members from all European countries and all continents. For more than 30 years, ESCMID has been an influential component in the professional lives of microbiologists and infectious disease specialists and now reaches more than 7,000 individual and 30,000 affiliated members around the world. ESCMID, based in Basel, Switzerland, welcomes new colleagues from all nations.

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ESCMID remembers colleague and friend Prof. Mark E. Shirtliff, PhD, FESCMID.

We at ESCMID were saddened to learn that Mark E. Shirtliff, professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, had lost his life in a rafting accident on the Yellowstone River near Gardiner, Montana on July 12, 2018.

Mark was a leading researcher and innovator in the field of biofilm research, and held his primary appointment as Professor in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis in the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, teaching students about the implications of polymicrobial infections.

The area of biofilms benefitted greatly from Shirtliff’s prolific volume of publications. He was author of over 120 published works in this area. Furthermore, his work into pathogenic bacteria included leading the invention of technology to develop multivalent vaccines against virulent and resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains.

In Europe, Mark was a regular fixture at ECCMID and other professional conferences. He was an asset to ESCMID, introducing new topics in microbial pathogenesis and experimental microbiology into the ECCMID programme as member of ECCMID Programme Committee (2016-2018). It was this commitment to excellence and innovation that led to his appointment as an ESCMID Fellow by the ESCMID Executive Committee.

Most of all, though, we remember Mark for his larger-than-life personality. He spoke, both professionally and privately, with abundant energy and a quick wit. Members of the ESCMID Executive Committee, of the ECCMID programme committee and many colleagues have fond memories of socialising with Mark and his wife, Birthe, at the Sunday night social happening at ECCMID in Madrid in April 2018 and for the last time during ASM Microbe in Atlanta in June 2018.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Birthe and their four children, as well as to Mark’s extended family and colleagues in both the United States and further abroad.

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