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News in 2011

Save the date in your 2012 calendar, the 22nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases will take place in the 2012 Olympic City - London - 31 March to 3 April 2012.

The December CMI editor's choice regards the recovery of the complete genome sequence of Yersinia pestis in skeletons buried during the 1348 epidemics in London. The research results close a period of confusion about medieval plague.

Read the article

Over 3300 abstracts were submitted to ECCMID 2012!
All selected abstract submitters will be part of the renowned CM/ID European congress taking place in London from 31st March to 3rd April 2012. Thousands of people attend the biggest ESCMID annual event.

The November CMI issue features an interesting article on the efforts on improving tuberculosis (TB) care and control as there were 9.4 million new cases in 2009 according to WHO. Multidrugresistant strains are considered a big threat. On the other hand in vitro data shows carbapenems as promising agents for the treatment of resistant TB. Find out about limitations, risks, costs and the need for development
of carbapenem-related compounds

ESGCIP is a newly founded Study Group focusing on infections in the critically-ill patient, admitted in the ICU or other specific hospital units but also in the hospital wards. In most European countries ICU and medical wards provide an opportunity for information exchange regarding for critically ill patients presenting with challenging infectious puzzles. Sharing of knowledge is very important as the critically ill patient is a concern of multiple medical specialties.
Read more about the study group’s activities -  early diagnosis and guidance of antimicrobial treatment in the critically ill patient as well as strengthening of epidemiological networking.

09 November 2011
Antibiotic Action

BSAC - The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - has launched the initiative Antibiotic Action aimed at securing the future of antibiotic development.
A petition of over 4500 UK and international signatures was brought to the attention of the UK Parliament and delivered to Downing Street on 09 November in order to achieve results which can make a difference in fighting antibiotic resitance. Visit the BSAC antibiotic resistance website.

ESCMID presents the ECCMID 2012 website showing all information about the event and its scientific programme.
Don't pass up the chance to submit your abstract,
the submission deadline is on 14 November 2011.

Under 40 years and have already submitted an abstract?
Apply for an ECCMID travel grant.

Nominate a brilliant professional among your colleagues for the Excellence Award or the Young Investigator
at ESCMID. Trainees in CM and/or ID may
apply for a TAE Excellence Training Award.
Research grants of up to EUR 20'000 are also available for the best projects.
The application deadline for most awards & grants in 2012 is 10 November 2011.

The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics APUA president, Stuart B. Levy has personally awarded ESCMID
and its president, Prof. Giuseppe Cornaglia, the 2011 Apua Leadership Award for providing outstanding leadership in the promotion of antibiotic resistance through the establishment of expert Study Groups, new partnerships, scientific projects and surveillance programmes.
Read the article and download the ESCMID press release on APUA Award 2011.

Specialists interested in ID diagnosis should not miss this! There is still time to sign up for this unique conference with leading experts in the field on 24 - 26 October 2011 in Venice, Italy.

19 August 2011
Call for nominations for EC election 2011

Help the Society select its leadership and nominate candidates for the Executive Committee election this autumn. Four positions will be filled: one for a clinical microbiologist and three for infectious disease specialists. Nominations can be made until 31 August by clicking on the link displayed on the right side of all ESCMID webpages.

A. baumannii infections continue to be the most prevalent of the Acinetobacter species causing nosocomial infections. We desperately need new approaches, including new antibacterial agents, to control A. baumannii infections. Read more in the open-access editorial.

Nominate colleagues for the Excellence Award or the Young Investigator Awards. Or apply for a research grant of up to EUR 20'000. If you are a trainee in CM and/or ID, you can apply for a TAE Excellence Training Award.

The application deadline for most awards & grants in 2012 is 10 November 2011.

Study Group activities will be overseen and stimulated by Scientific Affairs Subcommittee members with individual responsibility for a Section or Theme. In this way, ESCMID's scientific activity is devolved to a larger group of experts and members of the society, and lead hopefully to an expansion of activivites in areas that have previously been less strong.

10 June 2011
Survey on vaccination against influenza for ERS & ESCMID healthcare workers

This brief survey should only take a few minutes of your time, and aims to establish how many of the above have been vaccinated against influenza and their attitudes towards vaccination. Frontline clinicians have been concerned about the variable and often poor uptake of influenza vaccine amongst healthcare workers, some of whom died during the 2009 pandemic. The reasons why healthcare workers choose to be vaccinated or not, are poorly studied, and the current survey aims to elucidate this further.

Those working in countries in the southern hemisphere
Those working in countries in the northern hemisphere

17 May 2011
ECCMID/ICC 2011 - First webcasts online

The following presentations have been selected by the ECCMID/ICC Programme Director for fast publication as webcasts.
-What is new in EUCAST expert rules?
-EW01: Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
-Antifungal stewardship for Candida   
-EW02: Fungi in the respiratory tract & antifungal stewardship
-Hand hygiene: what you should know   
-EW06: Hand hygiene to control HAI: what you still don’t know
-Malaria: rapid testing, Giemsa staining and molecular diagnostics    
-EW09: Emerging diagnostic methods in parasitology
-Rapid detection of resistance in blood cultures
-EW10: Rapid detection of resistance

Europeans Largest Conference on Infectious Disease and Microbiology (7-10 May 2011, Milan, Italy)

ESCMID/The Lancet ID press release NDM-1

Representatives of the societies affiliated with ESCMID make up the Council. The next meeting is at 21st ECCMID/27th ICC 2011 in Milan, on Sunday, 8 May 2011 from 12.45 - 14.15 h.

ESCMID welcomes the focus on drug resistance for this year’s World Health Day as it is an issue that the Society has been proactively working on for the past 25 years.

The aim of SAVE LIVES overall is bringing people together to improve and sustain hand hygiene, every 5th of May. For 2011, the specific call is “Where do YOU stand on hand hygiene?” and the aims include:
• Moving from commitment to sustain action on hand hygiene improvement - by 5 May this year the objective is to have all registered health-care facilities, and others, use the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework
• To continue to increase registrations in those health care facilities who have not already committed their support for this global annual campaign.

For more information, see the WHO website.

This one-of-a-kind event in Europe brings together leading experts and key organisations to discuss this multi-faceted and complex issue. ESCMID is pleased to announce that Zsuzsanna Jakab (WHO) and Marc Sprenger (ECDC) will open the Conference. Register now to be part of this exciting and informative meeting in Prague from 1-3 April 2011.

The latest edition published on 4 March 2011 is now available. It looks at the most recent analyses concerning the influenza virus, weighs up the burden of the disease, and reinforces previous evidence-based guidance relating to prevention.

The Conference will take place from 17 - 18 November 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. ESCMID is hosting this event in collaboration with the ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts (ESGICH) and the International Immunocompromised Host Society. Attendance grants are available for young attendees.

Plan to join us in Treviso, Italy, from 2 - 9 July 2011. We have an exciting interactive programme lined up covering diverse topics in CM/ID as well as career advice. Especially tailored to young MDs and scientists!

The 2nd European Congress on Microbial Biofilms – Basic and Clinical Aspects will take place from 6 - 8 July 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. ESCMID will provide a number of attendance grants for young participants.

As the UK and a number of other European countries are now experiencing epidemics of influenza, including A(H1N1), which was the 2009 pandemic virus, ESCMID warns that the consequences of non-vaccination could emerge as a new flu emergency and are calling for greater efforts to encourage vaccination, not only for at-risk groups, but also health care workers.

Read the editorial on H1N1 influenza virus in CMI by Giuseppe Cornaglia (ESCMID President) and Didier Raoult (CMI Editor-in-Chief).

Clinical Microbiology and Infection: Read about improvements and upcoming changes.

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