ESCMID weekly news 08.12.2020

8 December 2020: ESCMID Weekly News
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8 December 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ECCMID Programme Committee meeting – 1 December 2020

Last week, the 1st meeting of the ECCMID Programme took place. For the first time ever, the meeting took place online, with the committee deciding which proposals for Scientific Symposia, Meet-the-Expert Sessions, Educational Workshops and Keynote Lectures will be included in the final Programme of the 31st ECCMID.

The next Programme Committee meeting will take place in April 2021, where submitted abstracts will be accepted, placed into sessions, and allocated chairs.

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The new ESCMID CAREer Grant: research and childcare are compatible for ESCMID members!

The ESCMID Parity Commission is proud to announce the launch of the ESCMID CAREer, a new grant programme aimed at ESCMID members who require support to advance their scientific career whilst looking after their children. In particular, the ESCMID CAREer Grant, towards paying a support person (scientific/technical staff member or assistant), allows the recipient to reduce his/her work percentage by 20%, thus providing more time for family duties. The grant contributes to the salary of a support person by financing him/her with the 20% of the gross salary of the recipient for a maximum of 2 consecutive years.

For the complete funding scheme, eligibility criteria and the application procedure, please visit the official ESCMID CAREer Grant webpage and do not hesitate to contact the ESCMID Executive Office for questions and/or assistance.

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ESCMID is happy to announce the recipients of the prestigious ESCMID Awards for the year 2021. Congratulations!

ESCMID Young Investigator Awards for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

We are very pleased to communicate the three recipients of the 2021 ESCMID Young Investigator Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in recognition of their extraordinary achievements:

Dr Marit van Gils (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Prof. Jason Trubiano (Victoria, Australia)

The awards will be presented at ECCMID 2021 in Vienna and the recipients will give an honorary talk in the Symposium “Young Investigator Award Lectures”.

Further, we are very pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021

ESCMID TAE Outstanding Trainee Award in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Mr. Nathan Peiffer-Smadja (Paris, France)

The award will be handed over during TAE Day 2021 at ECCMID 2021 in Vienna.

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In memoriam Davorka Dušek (1980-2020)

 ESCMID was saddened to learn of the passing of Davorka Dušek on November 29, 2020.

Davorka was heavily involved with ESCMID, being an active member of the Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE) from 2012-2017 and the ESCMID Study Group on Viral Hepatitis (ESGVH). More recently, she acted as a chairperson during the ESCMID Webinars on COVID-19 which took place in April and May of 2020, as a representative of the UEMS Multi Joint Committee on Infection Control.

Colleagues of Davorka from the TAE have prepared an obituary which can be read on the ESCMID website.

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Call for panel members of ESCMID guidelines projects now open!

Following the recent call for clinical practice guidelines projects, ESCMID is currently seeking candidates willing to serve on the panel(s) which will develop the clinical practice guideline(s) for the funded project(s):

1. Update of the 2014 ESCMID guidelines for the management of the infection prevention & control measures to reduce transmission of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria in hospitalized patients, chaired by Evelina Tacconelli, Verona, Italy

2. Diagnosis and treatment of brain abscess, chaired by Jacob Bodilsen, Aalborg, Denmark.

Interested and qualified individuals are invited to send their CV together with a cover letter (max. 2 pages) indicating the chosen topic, and stating their motivation, qualifications, expertise and experience (including list of 10 most relevant publications) to within January 4th 2021.

For more information about qualifications and requirements to apply as well as about key functions of the role, please visit the ESCMID guidelines webpage. For any questions, please write to

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ESCMID-SFM Manual of Microbiology

Not sure what present to get your microbiologist friends and family for the holidays?

The ESCMID-SFM Manual of Clinical Microbiology is available at a great discount!! This essential guide for all microbiologists is only 25 EUR including shipping!

Order your copy online now!

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CMI highlight: Pandrug-resistant Pseudomonas spp. expresses New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 and consumes ampicillin as sole carbon source

Antibiotic resistance is one of the major risks to global health. Pseudomonas spp, belonging to gram-negative bacteria, known for their ubiquitous presence in soil and water, is also recognized to be associated with nosocomial infections by their multiple-antibiotic-resistant members. In the present study, an NDM-1 bearing river water isolate, Pseudomonas sp. MR 02, has shown a very high MIC value (>10,000 mg/L) of ampicillin. The authors hypothesized that possession and expression of NDM-1, in Pseudomonas sp. MR 02, would be the prime reason for its ability to tolerate high concentrations of ampicillin. The results presented up to now in this research have supported the hypothesis about the function of NDM-1 in the catabolism of ampicillin. However, there are limits of this study because no knockouts of these genes have been made to translate genome and transcriptome data in the context of ampicillin catabolism. Moreover, data from proteomics and metabolomics were not generated as a means to integrate them with genome and transcriptome data. 

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