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News in 2014

Twenty of these were held at WHO and ECDC. For the rest of 2014, 21 visits are still planned and 23 are already decided for 2015. 98% of Observers rated their visits as “excellent” and the remaining 2% as “good”.
Observers can now visit two new ECCs in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

The Programme Committee of ECCMID 2015 met in Munich to finalise the programme as well as to allocate abstracts to sessions. We will be working on the final touches over Christmas and speakers, abstract submitters and chairpersons will be notified in early January. Do not forget to take advantage of the early bird registration fee by registering before 13 January 2015!

Last chance to register for the Postgraduate Education Course focusing on Diagnosis and Management of Implant-Associated Infections. The course will be held in Budapest, Hungary, 12 – 14 February 2015. Registration deadline is 5 January 2015.

ESCMID is launching the ESCMID Mentorship Programme. The aim is to give members an opportunity to benefit from mentoring by experts in the fields of Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and/or Infection Control. The call for Mentors is now open. The institution of the mentor will be designated the ESCMID Mentorship Centre (EMC).
To become a mentor – apply now. To apply for a mentorship you have to wait until April 2015.

Top-experts and participants will discuss the multiple aspects of direct and indirect protective effects of vaccination as well as the novel approaches for vaccination in all ages.

This information will be very valuable for the development of a corresponding evidence-based guideline project led by Jordi Rello and Jason Roberts. The survey takes five minutes to complete.

Register early to ECCMID 2015 and save over EUR 100. Secure your spot today and join thousands of colleagues in Copenhagen.

See registration and attendance grant deadlines for the parasitic infections workshop and implant-associated infections course.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Zimmermann as the ESCMID Executive Director as per 01.11.2014. She will use her extensive experience in corporate management to lead ESCMID on an operational level and to support the Executive Committee strategically.

ESCMID would like to recognize the EAAD by highlighting the outcomes of the recently held ESCMID Conference on Reviving Old Antibiotics. All information related to antimicrobial resistance is summarised on our Fighting Resistance page.

With other top experts, Murat Akova, ESCMID President and Mario Poljak, ESCMID President-elect, discussed issues impacting public health where cooperation between the EU and other countries around the Mediterranean is important.
The following topics were the focus of discussions: International Health Regulation, Antimicrobial Resistance, Lifestyle, Health and Migration & MoH PH projects in the Mediterranean area.
link to article in European Commission newsletter
link to conference website

Presentations are now online in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Besides reinforcing its efforts to successfully fight Ebola in the countries, where the epidemic is raging, Europe needs also to commit the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to harmonise infection control protocols and requirements within Europe. The recently founded European Committee for Infection Control (EUCIC) of ESCMID is ready to help.

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New Committee members: Erlangga Yusuf (Brussels, Belgium) and Alberto Enrico Maraolo (Napoli, Italy).

To take advantage of this innovation, please click on the respective links:
Link to CMI website
Link to NMNI website

WHO has updated its personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines, our critically ill patient Study Group (ESGCIP) calls for team work in the ICU and Nicola Petrosillo gives a travel report about his work in Lagos, Nigeria.

If you are still in specialty training and 35 years-of-age or younger, consider applying!

Read the post-conference report and press release. Recommendations and a plan of action will be published shortly.

The nomination deadline for Excellence and Young Investigator Awards is 12 November, 12.00 CET.

21 October 2014
Election to the Steering Committee of the TAE - Trainee Association of ESCMID

Help shape the future of the TAE. Vote now and choose among 7 candidates for 2 positions in the Steering Committee.

On Wednesday, 22 October 2014, the ESCMID Conference on Reviving Old Antibiotics starts! Current information and the press release are online now.

20 October 2014

Ebola in Spain

Representatives of SEIMC share their experience with Ebola cases in the Spanish health care system.

  • Hepatitis sessions at ECCMID 2014
  • ESGVH Business Meeting at ECCMID 2014
  • ESGVH activities (courses, projects, publications)
  • Spread ESGVH membership

The two positions are related to the EU-project „Driving Re-investment in R&D and responsible antibiotic use: Set, communicate and revise public health priorities“. The major focus of the project is to elaborate a mathematical model to forecast development of multi-resistant microorganisms.

Apply to ESCMID for funding of your research! The deadline is 14 October 2014.

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The preliminary scientific programme is already online and top experts have been invited as speakers. Share your research and get the latest in the field!
Abstract submission deadline: 30 October 2014
Early bird registration deadline: 14 January 2015

11 September 2014
Call for Candidates 2014 for the Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE)

Vacancies for a three-year term (2015-2017) are to be filled with 2 new members who will be elected in October 2014. Application deadline: 7 October 2014

The positions are at Hospital for Tropical Diseases, UK and Abbott, Germany, respectively. More information on these and other open positions can be found on our website.

Latest news are now the main focus on the ESCMID homepage. Now, you reach information, videos and interviews even more conveniently. We hope you enjoy the new ESCMID website!

The purpose of this workshop in Tübingen, Germany from 7-8 November 2014 is to review the correct methodology and the common pitfalls in the most common designs that are used in clinical studies: randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, studies looking at risk factors for a bad outcome, before-after (ecological) studies and analyses of very large databases.

This popular annual course will be held this year in Phuket, Thailand from 20 –  23 October 2014. Participants may choose between two modules: A) Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention and Management Core Module
B) Applied Infection Control Module.

Submit now your abstract for ECCMID 2015 in Copenhagen. The abstract submission deadline is 30 October 2014. Check out the submission guidelines and topics!

ESCMID is - as the whole medical world - concerned about the Ebola epidemic and is closely monitoring events related to this. The new ESCMID Ebola website (www.escmid.org/ebola) presents latest news and helpful links dealing with Ebola.

18 August 2014
CMI Hot Topics

The hidden epidemic of Escherichia coli, C Nabet, D Raoult
HCV treatment revolution: needs for close monitoring, G Ippolito, G Antonelli, MR Capobianchi, S Lanini
Globalization of Chikungunya: 10 years to invade the world, RN Charrel, I Leparc-Goffart, P Gallian, X de Lamballerie

15 August 2014
ESCMID supports the Cambridge Working Group Consensus Statement on the Creation of Potential Pandemic Pathogens (PPPs)

Accident risks with newly created “potential pandemic pathogens” raise grave concerns. Laboratory creation of highly transmissible, novel strains of dangerous viruses, especially but not limited to influenza, poses substantially increased risks. An accidental infection in such a setting could trigger outbreaks that would be difficult or impossible to control.

A modern version of the Asilomar process, which engaged scientists in proposing rules to manage research on recombinant DNA, could be a starting point to identify the best approaches to achieve the global public health goals of defeating pandemic disease and assuring the highest level of safety.

Read more and sign the statement on the Cambridge Working Group website.

The course takes place from 2 - 3 October 2014 in Annecy, France. Age-related changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics occur with several drugs and often need to be considered for an optimal dosing regimen of antimicrobials. The aim is to provide participants with an updated insight into PK/PD concepts of antimicrobial therapy for geriatric patients.

This year's Summer School was again a hot event covering diverse topics in CM/ID as well as career advice.
Profit over summer and access all major lectures for free online until end of August. Photos are also online in the photo gallery.

Start planning now to attend. Our international Programme Committee with experts from diverse CM and ID fields recently met and have set the framework for another excellent congress.

If you are still in specialty training and 35 years-of-age or younger, consider applying! The award includes free registration for any ESCMID 2015 educational activity up to a maximum value of EUR 1'000. Remaining funds may be used for a journal subscription. Additionally up to EUR 500 will be reimbursed for travel expenses to the educational event.

During Giuseppe Cornaglia's tenure as a member of the Executive Committee, he worked to build-up ESCMID's international affairs programme. ESCMID is collaborating with societies and individuals in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Russian Federation, and Former USSR Asian Republics. ESCMID has now appointed him as the International Affairs Director and the leader of the recently formed ESCMID International Affairs Subcommittee (EIAS).

21 July 2014
In memoriam of our colleagues and friends who died on Flight MH17

ESCMID’s Committee Members were shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of many prominent members of the international AIDS community: researchers, clinicians and HIV activists on Flight MH17 traveling to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014) in Melbourne, Australia, including former International AIDS Society (IAS) President, Joep Lange.
This devastating event painfully reminds us of events in our lives that may reach any of us without or with little time for preparation. We honour all those who perished for their achievements and service on behalf of millions around the world.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives on Flight MH17.

-The ESCMID Executive Committee

We celebrate the efforts of those who work to advance the fields of CM and ID through our awards programme. The Excellence Award is the highest honour given by ESCMID and is awarded to an individual who has made great contributions to the fields of CM/ID. The Young Investigator Awards recognizes the achievements of up to two persons under 40 years of age. Submission deadline: 12 November 2014. about Excellence Award; about Young Investigator Award

Apply for an ESCMID Research Grant to pursue groundbreaking research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.

Deadline: 14 October 2014, 12.00 CET.

Former president of ESCMID (2005 – 2007) Ragnar Norrby, Stockholm, Sweden, died on 17 June 2014, at the age of 71. Ragnar´s dedication to the profession and to science and to ESCMID will be sorely missed by all of us. He was a central figure in international medical microbiology, infectious diseases and vaccinology.  His funeral is Friday, 4 July in Solna Kyrka in Stockholm. Condolences can be sent to Gunnar Kahlmeter () and he will forward them to Ragnar´s family.

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  • The World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR) has just released its WAAAR Declaration.
  • The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics and the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC) have just been added to the list of initiatives active in the field of combatting antimicrobial resistance.
  • WHO has adopted a resolution on antimicrobial drug resistance on its World Health Assembly 2014.

Deadline: 4 September 2014

During ECCMID 2014, 177 participants from 53 countries completed the survey of the ESCMID Study Group for Nosocomial Infections (ESGNI). The preliminary results are promising, so we call on you to also complete the survey.

Your input is crucial to help determine ESCMID's future activities in this field.

See impressions from the record-breaking ECCMID 2014! Not only did participants get the latest updates in their field, but they got a chance to network and have fun as well!

Start planning now to attend. Our Programme Committee is already working to bring you the best scientific and educational experience for the CM and ID specialist in 2015. And now that ECCMID is the largest congress worldwide in the field, you cannot afford to miss the networking opportunities.

ESCMID organises the first conference on reviving old antibiotics in Vienna, Austria, from 22-24 October 2014. Until June 30, the registration is open to ESCMID members only. From July 1, ESCMID members and non-members may both register. Do you want to take part? Register and submit a poster abstract online (before 31 July 2014) on the conference website.

At the Sixty-seventh WHO World Health Assembly, resolution WHA67.25 calls the Director-General to develop and coordinate of a global action plan on antimicrobial resistance in the coming year. The current ESCMID President, Professor Murat Akova, says: "The growing concern of antibiotic resistance reinforces the need for intensified and collective action in and between countries and continents, so the drafting of a global action plan on antimicrobial resistance by WHO is another big step in the right direction and very welcomed by ESCMID."

Beside this, a number of other resolutions and action plans have been released on infection-related topics: viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, influenza, smallpox, polio and vaccines.

This issue of NMNI includes: 3 original articles (Fusobacterium necrophorum, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Clostridium difficile), 2 articles on new resistant microbes in humans (Rasamsonia argillacea, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia), 1 first clinical case report (human leptospirosis near Marseille), 1 letter to the editor (Beauveria bassiana keratitis).

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From 5 – 12 July 2014 in Sigtuna, Sweden, you can gain valuable knowledge in CM and ID - meet experts - network with and learn from colleagues from all over the world! A high faculty-student ratio as well as student case presentations and pro-con sessions are some of the Summer School features that make it so popular.

The upcoming 3rd ESCMID Workshop on Professional Affairs in CM and ID from 5-6 June in Ljubljana will be a highly important platform for political discussion about the future of our profession and the Society. Join us!

Ten persons will visit the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm and ten the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen.
ESCMID ECDC Observerships
1 - 5 September 2014, Stockholm, Sweden
ESCMID WHO Observerships
30 September - 2 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

Following up to last years' commitments in Cuba, ESCMID will sponsor this major event to be held from 14 to 16 October 2014 in the Palace of Conventions in Havana. ESCMID participates in the Organizing Committee and will support attendance grants for young ESCMID members. More information.

All ECCMID output (abstracts, posters, talks, handouts) can be accessed through one main hub: the ESCMID Online Lecture Library www.escmid.org/OLL. Over 170 webcasts and downloadable slide-sets from presentations are already freely accessible. Use and share!
Direct link to the abstracts/posters
Direct link to the ECCMID presentations

11 May 2014
ECCMID 2014 in Barcelona - first webcasts already online!

All ECCMID output (abstracts, posters, talks, handouts) can be accessed through one main hub: the ESCMID Online Lecture Library. From 30 April all accepted ECCMID abstracts are online. Other output follows as available during the congress.

View the Scientific Programme
See ePoster session offerings - 10 this year!

The report summarises resistance occurring across many different infectious agents and focuses on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as bloodstream infections (sepsis), diarrhoea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea. The results are cause for high concern, documenting resistance to antibiotics, especially “last resort” antibiotics, in all regions of the world.

ESCMID's activities in this field are summarised on our Fighting Resistance website.

This year this ever-popular event is in Sigtuna, Sweden, from 5 – 12 July 2014. Gain valuable knowledge in CM and ID - meet experts - network with and learn from colleagues from all over the world! Early-bird registrations and grant applications accepted until 9 May 2014.

To strengthen the future development of ESCMID we are looking for a person with an entrepreneurial personality and a proven track record in managing complex international organisations and projects. The key responsibility lies in supporting the ESCMID President and the Members of the Executive Committee in achieving the Society’s strategic goals and the day-to-day management of the Executive Office leading a team of 6 international staff members.

ESCMID welcomes William W. Hope as the new Guidelines Director as of May 2014 and heartily thanks the outgoing Guidelines Director, Roger Finch, for his engagement over the past two years. The Society has strengthened its commitment in this field as evident from the increased number of guidelines in progress or recently published that are freely available online.

Has Hajj-associated Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus transmission occurred? The case for effective post-Hajj surveillance for infection
H Rashid, MI Azeem, L Heron, E Haworth, R Booy, ZA Memish

Editorial: Tropical parasitic diseases and immunosuppression, E. Bottieau

Reviews
Interactions between malaria and human immunodeficiency
virus anno 2014
, J-P Van geertruyden; Leishmaniasis in immunosuppressed individuals, J van Griensven,E Carrillo, R López-Vélez, L Lynen, J Moreno, Chagas disease in the immunosuppressed patient, R Lattes, MB Lasala

In response to our increasing number of international Collaborative Centres, we have updated our funding rules. New reimbursement rules for intercontinental Observerships are effective from 11 March 2014.

We are pleased to present the award recipients below and wish them all the best for their professional future in CM and ID.
-Liliana Praticò, Pavia, Italy
-Neven Papić, Zagreb, Croatia
-Erlangga Yusuf, Brussels, Belgium

This full-time temporary position in the UK includes screening of anti-RSV and anti-Aspergillus compounds, biomarker analysis and daily lab maintenance.
Successful candidates will be working on the following research project: Discovery of novel anti-fungus or anti-RSV medicine.

Back by popular demand at the 2014 ECCMID in Barcelona, this 4th edition of the Trainees Day covers the following topics: STDs, the silent threat of bioterrorism, challenges of outbreak detection and response, sepsis from CM and ID perspective. Time & place: 10 May 2014, 13.30-16.45, Room 133/134.

03 April 2014
ESCMID President, Gunnar Kahlmeter receives BSAC's 2014 Garrod Medal

On Thursday 20 March, Gunnar Kahlmeter gave his award speech at BSAC's annual spring meeting. This honour is given to individuals who are an international authority in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

Editorial: Tropical parasitic diseases and immunosuppression, E. Bottieau

Reviews
Interactions between malaria and human immunodeficiency virus anno 2014, J-P Van geertruyden; Leishmaniasis in immunosuppressed individuals, J van Griensven,E Carrillo, R López-Vélez, L Lynen, J Moreno, Chagas disease in the immunosuppressed patient, R Lattes, MB Lasala

In fall 2014 ESGB is offering the next online course: 'Bacterial Biofilms and Their Role in Chronic Diseases' in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. The course can be followed by Masters and PhD students as well as professionals that meet the admission criteria. Application deadline is in June 2014.

For 5 May 2014, WHO asks you to join in highlighting the role of hand hygiene in combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR). WHO invites you to participate in two global surveys and in many other actions. Find out more on our Fighting Resistance page or on the WHO campaign website.

This AS-OVLC is an open-access web-based resource that has been created to provide information and tools to foster antimicrobial stewardship among healthcare professionals. It has been designed with and educational focus and its aims are to:

  • Provide a platform for showcasing, dissemination and highlighting good practice of antimicrobial use
  • Promote opinion exchange and debate regarding antimicrobial use, policy and stewardship
  • Facilitate the co-ordination of pragmatic clinical practice surveys of stewardship activity

We invite you to interact with the site through your comments and your participation in the ongoing surveys and debates. In addition, we will be pleased to receive feedback on all those aspects of this website that can be improved in order to become a useful site for your daily practice within an antimicrobial stewardship program or as an Infectious Disease physician.

Our PK/PD of Anti-Infectives group (EPASG) reports about interesting developments:

  • New knowledge resource
  • High-level conference
  • EPASG @ ECCMID 2014
  • Publications
  • Become EPASG member

This full-time permanent position is at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) and targets those who are research-active in Zoonotic/infectious diseases.

Our Clostridium difficile group, ESGCD, has published this document as supplement to ESCMID's society journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection: Vol 20, I s2, pages 1–26, March 2014. In the 'Medical Guidelines' section of the website, you can find all details and links to the free full text.

These outstanding professionals will be honoured during the Young Investigator Session at ECCMID 2014 in Barcelona on 13 May 2014 from 11.30-12.30 in Hall E. During the session each awardee will hold a lecture on his respective field of work.

D. Raoult, R Charrel, P Gautret, P Parola
Currently, the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is an exceptional event, mixing populations from various countries and viruses. Several outbreaks have been linked to this trip in the past, including meningococcal meningitis and pneumonia. This year, the fear was that the new Middle East coronavirus could cause a massive outbreak...

Our Clostridium difficile group ESGCD has published this document as supplement to ESCMID's society journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection: Vol 20, I s2, pages 1–26, March 2014. In the "Medical Guidelines" section of the website, you can find all details and links to the free full text.

The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) is a network promoted on ESCMID’s Fighting Resistance website. It has recently published its strategic research agenda (SRA) focussing on six fields: therapeutics, diagnostics, surveillance, transmission, environment and interventions. It is downloadable on the JPIAMR website.

Gain valuable knowledge in CM and ID - meet experts - network with and learn from colleagues from all over the world! This ever-popular event is in Sigtuna, Sweden, from 5 – 12 July 2014. Registrations and grant applications are accepted until 9 May 2014.

ESCMID welcomes all those practising in the fields, both senior and junior to the 3rd ESCMID Workshop on Professional Affairs in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Objectives are to: review the status of the specialities, Clinical/Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, across Europe and to discuss initiatives to improve the organisational basis for medical practice in our disciplines.

This comprehensive resource on old antibiotics provides information on

  • Current knowledge of old revived antibiotics regarding PK/PD, dosing, emergence of resistance
  • Knowledge gaps and current research activities
  • Regulatory aspects and inventory of outdated dosing regimens, analysis of Summary of Product Characteristics (SPCs)
  • Regularly updated new knowledge, especially from the FP7 AIDA project on "Old antibiotics for the future"

ESCMID proudly welcomes her to the list of distinguished recipients of the ESCMID Award for Excellence in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases over the years. As part of the award, she will be giving a talk at ECCMID Barcelona on 12 May 2014.

High quality abstracts is one key ingredient that our dedicated Programme Committee uses for their recipe for an outstanding ECCMID 2014. Don't miss out!

30 January: Early-bird registration
17 March: Regular fee registration

Editorial: CMI Editorial Report 2014, M Leffad, R Cousens, D Raoult; Themed editorial: New technologies to trace infection, P. Brouqui
Reviews

Measuring contact patterns with wearable sensors: methods, data characteristics and applications to data-driven simulations of infectious diseases, A Barrat, C Cattuto, AE Tozzi, P Vanhems, N Voirin; Web-based participatory surveillance of infectious diseases: the Influenzanet participatory surveillance experience, D Paolotti1, A Carnahan, V Colizza, K Eames, J Edmunds, G Gomes, C Koppeschaar, M Rehn, R Smallenburg, C Turbelin, S Van Noort, A Vespignani; MediHandTrace®: a tool for measuring and understanding hand hygiene adherence, S Boudjema, JC Dufour, AS Aladro, I Desquerres, P Brouqui; New technologies to monitor healthcare worker hand hygiene, AR Marra, MB Edmond

Do you have an interest in vaccines? Then come and join EVASG! To find out more about their planned activities or join this group, check out their website!

This newly formed Study Group is active in the field of staphylococci and staphylococcal disease. To find out more about their planned activities or join this group, check out the website!