ESCMID weekly news 04.08.2020

4 August 2020: ESCMID Weekly News
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4 August 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


Do not miss Dr. Andrea Ammon’s keynote lecture at ECCVID!

We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Andrea Ammon, the Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) as a keynote speaker at ECCVID! 
The title of her lecture will be “The multifaceted response to COVID-19 in the EU”.

Make sure you will join us in September, register now!
To learn more about ECCVID please visit our website.

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ECCVID update: registration is now open!

Secure your ticket to the first ESCMID online conference and join us in this incredible experience as we explore the global challenge that COVID-19 has presented.

Please visit to register yourself.

For more information about registration please visit our website.

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ESCMID Research Grants 2021: apply now!

ESCMID Research Grants help young outstanding investigators pursue ground-breaking research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.

The application period for ESCMID Research Grants 2021 is open and the deadline for submitting your applications is 15 September 2020. For this call, only projects dealing with Fungal / Viral / Parasitic Infections and Diseases (incl. diagnostics, pathogenesis, antifungal/antiviral/antiparasitic susceptibility & resistance, stewardship, vaccines) will be accepted.

For further information click here and please also see the Research Grants FAQ.

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Register now for the first EUCIC Local Module online course in October 2020

The main goal of the websymposium is to introduce participants to the role and strengths of infection prevention and control in a regional health-care network, especially focusing on AMR as well as the regional spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Using modern and open source online tools participants will learn how to implement a regional network. This will include theoretical as well as practical training sessions, the analysis of the own regional healthcare network using modelling software, flanked by expert topics on infection- and resistance prevention, the regional spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the use of modern diagnostic technology for regional outbreak control.

Please find more information and the the full programme of the first EUCIC Local Module as online websymposium at the link below.

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Cast your vote in the ESCMID TAE Steering Committee Election 2020!

If you are a Young Scientist Member of ESCMID, you can now cast your vote in the ESCMID TAE Steering Committee Election 2020 and determine who will represent your interests at our society. You can choose two persons among four candidates in the field of ID. You will find the profiles of the candidates, as well as a link to the ballot on our website, when you follow the link below.

The 2020 online election for the TAE Steering Committee is open from now until Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 12:00 noon CEST

Only current ESCMID Young Scientist Members may vote, so make sure you check your membership, and renew if needed.

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Call for ESCMID Ethics Advisory Committee members

Become a member of the new Ethics Advisory Committee!

The EEAC will be an independent body meant to advise the Executive Committee (EC) and other ESCMID members on ethical issues that may arise. 
If you have experience in developing and evaluating conflict of interest policies and/or an expertise in code of ethics in the scientific and medical field as well as experience and sensitisation in ethical issues management, you are welcome to send your application until 31 August 2020

To learn more about the committee and the application procedure, please visit ESCMID website.

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CMI highlight: Incidence of co-infections and superinfections in hospitalised patients with COVID-19: a retrospective cohort study

The present study aimed at describing the burden, epidemiology and outcomes of co-infections and superinfections occurring in hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

Based on the outcome of the conducted retrospective cohort study, bacterial, fungal and viral co-infections and superinfections in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 are low; however, when present, they may cause severe diseases with worse outcomes. S. pneumoniae and S. aureus are the most common pathogens to cause community-acquired pneumonia co-infections. In our area, P. aeruginosa and E. coli were frequent bacteria that caused hospital-acquired superinfections. According to authors’ conclusions, these findings might be important when defining the role of empiric antimicrobial therapy or stewardship strategies in hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

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