ESCMID newsletter

November 2013

Dear Colleague,
As part of our efforts to reach out beyond Europe, ESCMID members can now visit an institute in Beijing, China as an Observer! We would also like to remind you that the abstract submission deadline for ECCMID 2014 is on 10 December. Our newsletter also includes various initiatives in the CM and ID fields, such as the call to participate in a survey on diagnostic methods and one on infection control. Enjoy this issue!

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The Society

Cast your vote in the Executive Committee election 2013!

In May 2014 one ESCMID officer will be demitting office. The resulting vacancy is to be filled with one infectious disease specialist, who will serve for a four-year term starting in May during ECCMID.


Professional Affairs

New - A unique learning opportunity for you in China!

ESCMID is pleased to welcome a new ESCMID Collaborative Centre in Beijing, China. Our members can visit the Peking Union Medical College Hospital via the ESCMID Observership Programme. Apply here

Position open at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada

See our website for more information about this full-time laboratory position: Medical or Clinical Microbiologist.


ESCMID events

ECCMID 2014 - abstract deadline on 10 December!

Don't miss the chance to present the fruits of your hard labour! New and improved this year: Your ESCMID login can be used on the ECCMID website - this will save you time upon submitting!
Upcoming ECCMID Deadlines:
10 December: Abstract submission
11 December: ECCMID Travel Grant application
30 January: Early-bird registration


Scientific Affairs

Two open scientific surveys - thanks for your participation!

Two ESCMID Study Groups currently run scientific surveys and look forward to your participation:

  • Newly opened: Current diagnostic methods used in patient management (ESGMD). Deadline: 31 January 2014
  • Still running: Infection control precaution measures and patient isolation (ESGNI). Deadline: 19 January 2014

ESCMID members submitted 145 research projects

This year ESCMID received a record number of 145 applications for the always-popular ESCMID Research Grants! The quality of the proposed projects is outstanding, and currently some 120 peer-reviewers are busy evaluating them. We look forward to supporting the selected projects. Applicants will be informed in mid-February of the outcome.

If you are studying staphylococci, you should consider joining ESGS!

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!


ESCMID journals

CMI – December themed section

Editorial: Guidelines in infectious diseases: how reliable are they? M Paul, E Roilides, PT Tassios

National Advisory Groups and their role in immunization policy-making processes in European countries, H Nohynek, O Wichmann, F D′Ancona, VENICE National Gatekeepers
Guidelines for the treatment of pneumonia and urinary tract infections: evaluation of methodological quality using the Appraisal of Guidelines, Research and Evaluation II instrument, O Henig, D Yahav, L Leibovici, M Paul
Management and diagnostic guidelines for fungal diseases in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology: critical appraisal, S Leroux, AJ Ullmann

First issue of new ESCMID journal, New Microbes and New Infections (NMNI), is now online!!

And you can read it FREE online. This new journal serves the field as a peer-reviewed , open access journal for rapid dissemination of the latest research with a particular focus on new genomes, new microbes, and new technology applied to the diagnosis of infectious/tropical diseases.


Best regards,
Your ESCMID Communications Editors


What's up at ESCMID

28 February - 1 March 2014
Istanbul, Turkey
Postgraduate Education Course
Viral Hepatitis: Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment

5 - 7 March 2014
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Postgraduate Education Course
Principles of Molecular Microbiological Diagnostics

17 - 19 March 2014
Marseille, France
Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Practical Diagnosis of Arthropod-Borne Infections

27 - 28 March 2014
Seville, Spain
Postgraduate Education Course
Bloodstream Infections: Management and Research

2 - 5 April 2014
Erice, Italy
Postgraduate Education Course
Infections by Legionella: Surveillance, Prevention and Control

25 - 26 April 2014
São Paulo, Brazil
Postgraduate Education Course
Educational Programme on Transplant Infectious Diseases

8 - 10 May 2014
Barcelona, Spain
Postgraduate Education Course
Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes: Developing, Implementing & Measuring

10 - 13 May 2014
Barcelona, Spain
24th ECCMID 2014

5 - 6 June 2014
Ljubljana, Slovenia
3rd ESCMID Workshop on Professional Affairs in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

27 - 28 June 2014
Tübingen, Germany
Postgraduate Education Course
How to Design and Perform your Clinical Studies in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology

30 June - 4 July 2014
Lyon, France
Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Molecular Typing Methods for Pathogens

4 - 6 July 2014
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Postgraduate Education Course
Bringing PK and PD in Fungal Infections into the Clinic

5 – 12 July 2014
Sigtuna, Sweden
13th ESCMID Summer School

16 - 18 September 2014
Linz, Austria

Postgraduate Technical Workshop
3rd Workshop on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Surveillance

22 - 24 September 2014
Izmir, Turkey

Postgraduate Education Course
Infectious Diseases in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Current Challenges

29 September - 1 October 2014
Groningen, The Netherlands

Postgradutate Technical Workshop
Anaerobic Bacteria: Next Generation Technology Meets Anaerobic Diagnostics

2 - 3 October 2014
Annecy, France
Postgraduate Education Course
Infection Management in the Elderly: A Wide Room for Improvement

6 - 8 October 2014
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Advanced Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Modelling and Simulation

16 - 17 October 2014
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Postgraduate Education Course
Mobility and Infection: Diagnosis and Management

22 - 24 October 2014
Vienna, Austria
ESCMID Conference
ESCMID Conference on Reviving Old Antibiotics

29 - 31 October 2014
Grenoble, France
Postgraduate Education Course
Acute Infectious Encephalitis: Challenges in Clinical and Biological Diagnosis

More ESCMID events

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