ESCMID newsletter

October 2012

Dear Colleague,
The October newsletter sums up the most important topics published on the ESCMID website between September and October. The last call for the Awards and Grants 2013 was done and you should hurry up if you want to find your name listed among the awardees in 2013. The ESCMID Study Groups offer you the opportunity to be active in ESCMID. Select your scientific area of interests and apply for one of the Study Groups. The new entry among the Study Groups is the new Study Group concerning forensic microbiology. The ECCMID 2013 preliminary programme has been published as well as the Travel Grants nomination is now open. Also, have a look at the CMI September highlights and the hot topic Culturomics: a new approach to study the human microbiome.  The ESCMID Manual of Microbiology is now for sale on Amazon UK, France and Germany. Always stay updated with the ESCMID events including the follow-up on the 2nd Workshop Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Surveillance: from Laboratory to Clinic - the EUCAST, ESGARS and EPASG Perspective.

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Awards 2013 last Call – application deadline expiring soon

This is the last call for nominations and applications for the ESCMID awards and grants 2013. The deadline is on 12 November 2012, 12.00 CET. ESCMID would be proud to select you among the awardees for the ESCMID Excellence Award, ESCMID Young Investigator Award, TAE Excellence Training Award, and Research Grants. Apply now!

Apply for Study Group Membership now – become active in ESCMID!

Our Study Groups – expert circles on a focussed research topic – now accept your membership applications. Backed up by a new membership system, your SG membership is only a few clicks away.
For an overview on all topics covered, check out the overview page. To apply go to the Study Group website of interest.

Call for participation in foundation of the ESCMID Study Group concerning forensic microbiology

Microbiology is an important issue in forensic medicine: sexually transmitted diseases, HIV-fingerprinting, but also autopsy findings in post-mortem samples are issues concerning both disciplines. ESCMID members are called to join this Study Group at his foundation to meet the need of more standardization in these issues. Not only microbiologists, but also forensic pathologists, pediatricians and other interested scientists are more than welcome to help establish a discussion forum where medical guidelines can be defined.
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Buy the European Manual of Microbiology online

The successful edition of the Manual of Microbiology produced by ESCMID in collaboration with SFM is now available for online purchase on Amazon UK, France, Italy and Germany. Picking up your copy of the EMCM is as easy as ever. Buy it now!



ECCMID preliminary programme

The 23rd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases will be held in Berlin from 27 to 30 April 2013. Outstanding meet-the-expert sessions, symposia and workshops have been planned. Can't you wait to know more? The ECCMID preliminary programme is now online.

ECCMID Travel grants call

100 young scientists will receive a travel grant to attend the 23rd ECCMID in Berlin from 27 to 30 April 2013. Applications must be received online by 29 November 2012. Travel grants are conditional upon the acceptance of an abstract. A full travel grant will include full registration to the congress and a travel allowance. Read more

Follow-up on the 2nd Workshop Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Surveillance: from Laboratory to Clinic - the EUCAST, ESGARS and EPASG Perspective, ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop

25 - 28 September 2012, Madrid, Spain
The clinical microbiologists and the representatives from National Antimicrobial Committees selected for this workshop gathered together at the Microbiology Department School of Pharmacy of the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain to work and to deepen their knowledge on antimicrobial susceptibility testing and surveillance. During those days the postgraduate course programme went through lectures and practical laboratory sessions aiming at explaining the current process of EUCAST breakpoint definition, at performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing by different techniques, understanding the application of EUCAST expert rules for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, explaining antimicrobial surveillance systems, understanding the importance of breakpoints in antimicrobial resistance surveillance systems. Read more



ESCMID journal - CMI

CMI – September highlights


  • Archaea as emerging, fastidious members of the human microbiota, by M. Drancourt


  • Laboratory tools for detection of archaea in humans, by B. Dridi
  • The domain Archaea in human mucosal surfaces, by F. Matarazzo, A. C Ribeiro, M. Faveri, C. Taddei, M. B. Martinez and M. P. A. Mayer
  • Susceptibility of archaea to antimicrobial agents: applications to clinical microbiology , by S. Khelaifia and M. Drancourt

CMI – September Hot Topic - freely available! Culturomics: a new approach to study the human microbiome

Humans are heavily colonized by about 100 000 billions of bacteria (1014) and the composition of our microbiota has been shown to be associated with various diseases such as obesity, diabetes, atopic dermatitis, and bacterial vaginosis [1]. The medical importance of our microbiota, which has even been considered as a “human organ”[2], has thus led to a growing number of descriptive studies, mainly comparing the microbiome of healthy and ill individuals. Since the large majority of microbial communities are located in the gut, an especially high number of work tried to define the composition of its core microbiota, as well as to identify specific alterations that might be associated to various pathology such as ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer, or necrotizing enterocolitis [3-5]. Read more


CM/ID world news

The 2012 APUA Leadership Award to Roman Kozlov

The 2012 APUA Leadership Award goes to Prof. Roman Kozlov, Director of the Institute of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Smolensk State Medical Academy, and President of the ESCMID-affiliated Inter-regional Association for Clinical Microbiology & Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (IACMAC), for his sustained leadership to contain antibiotic resistance in Russia and the adjacent region.
In 2011 the same award went to Prof. Giuseppe Cornaglia and to ESCMID, and we underline the strong and enduring partnership between the two consecutive recipients of the APUA Award for establishing educational initiatives to control antibiotic resistance and improving treatment.

Best regards,
Your ESCMID Communications Editors


What's up at ESCMID

16 - 18 November 2012
Istanbul, Turkey

ESCMID Postgraduate Course
Infections in Returning Travellers: There Is No Border for Transmission of Infections

16 - 18 January 2013
Rome, Italy

ESCMID Conference
2nd ESCMID Conference on Invasive Fungal Infections

25 - 27 February 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Prevention and Clinical Management of Healthcare-Associated Infections in ‘Real’ Life – a Patient-Centered Perspective

22 - 24 March 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

ESCMID Conference
2nd ESCMID Conference on The Impact of Vaccines on Public Health

23 - 24 March 2013
Limassol, Cyprus

ESCMID Postgraduate Course
Endemic and Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Mediterranean Countries, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

25 - 26 April 2013
Zeuthen near Berlin, Germany

ESCMID Postgraduate Course

Antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals

27 - 30 April 2013
Berlin, Germany

Event of the year 2013

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