ESCMID weekly news 11.08.2020

11 August 2020: ESCMID Weekly News
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11 August 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


Do not miss Arturo Casadevall’s keynote lecture at ECCVID!

We are extremely pleased to have Arturo Casadevall as a keynote speaker at ECCVID! 
Make sure to join us in September to follow his lecture on “Convalescent plasma to treat and prevent COVID-19 infections”.

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

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ECCVID Late-breaker Abstract Submission

A call for late-breaker abstracts will open on August 24th, 2020 and remain open through August 28th 2020. Late-breaker abstracts will be submitted through the same tool on, so check back when the call opens to submit your abstracts. Selected abstracts submitted during this time will be included in one (1) oral session and/or be put into ePosters. Authors who submit late-breakers will be notified of the result on September 9th, 2020.

Be sure to check the abstract submission guidelines page for rules for submission and see the quick start guide to learn how to submit.

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Join the ECCVID #TeamChallenge

ESCMID invites you to take part in the ECCVID #TeamChallenge, a new social media initiative to help support our very first virtual conference and to bring the world together to fight COVID-19. The ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease #ECCVID will be taking place on September 23 - 25 and we want your help in making sure that this can be a truly global event where people from around the world can share all we know about this new pandemic.

Join with your local colleagues and create a team to post engaging content on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook with the aim of increasing the global reach of ECCVID across the web. Learn more and sign up here.

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The ESCMID awards nomination period is now open!

Over the next 2 months, you will be able to nominate your outstanding colleagues for the following prestigious ESCMID awards, to be presented at ECCMID 2021 in Vienna.

  • ESCMID Award for Excellence in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • ESCMID Young Investigator Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • ESCMID TAE Outstanding Trainee Award in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

The call for 2021 ESCMID awards will close on 9 October 2020, 17:00 CEST.

Don’t hesitate: click here to find out more information about the ESCMID awards and submit your nominations!

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2021 ESCMID Research grants: submit your scientific project now!

ESCMID research grants help young outstanding investigators pursue ground-breaking research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. The deadline for submitting your applications is 15 September 2020, 17:00 CEST.

For the Research Grant programme 2021 ESCMID only accepts projects dealing with Fungal / Viral / Parasitic Infections and Diseases (incl. diagnostics, pathogenesis, antifungal/antiviral/antiparasitic susceptibility & resistance, stewardship, vaccines). Click here to find out more!

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Manual of Microbiology – Special Offer!

For a limited time, the European of Clinical Microbiology has a special price. We cut the price of the book and removed the shipping costs, so you can purchase this essential guide for only 25 EUR (including shipping!) This jointly produced hard-copy publication by ESCMID and SFM, contains 52 chapters covering essential information in clinical microbiology specifically adapted for Europe.

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Webinar: Global guidance and local application during the COVID-19 pandemic: best practice for adaptation of guidelines

Registration is now open for this webinar organized by the Guidelines-International-Network.

DATE:  19 August 2020
TIME:  14:00 – 15:30 BST/London time

This event will be moderated by Tamara Kredo, Senior specialist scientist, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council.

More information can be found here
To register please follow the link below.

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CMI highlight: Antibiotics: Easier to start than to stop? Predictors of antimicrobial stewardship Recommendation acceptance

Acceptance of prospective audit and feedback antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) recommendations has been shown to vary, but the drivers of recommendation acceptance are not well understood. The authors here sought to identify the factors associated with recommendation acceptance at a large community teaching hospital. 

Data from an ASP recommendation registry were collected from 2010 to 2018. Variables included data about the infection, prescriber, and recommendation, categorized by whether it increases, decreases, or is neutral to antibiotic exposure. The primary outcome was acceptance of ASP recommendations. Adjusted odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were estimated using logistic regression models with random intercepts in order to account for clustering by prescriber. 

The present cohort study of over 11,000 ASP recommendations identified key predictors of recommendation acceptance, most notably that recommendations that aim to reduce antimicrobial exposure have significantly lower odds of acceptance compared to recommendations that increase exposure for patients. This contrasts with the aim of reducing unnecessary antimicrobial use thereby decreasing selective pressure and subsequent antimicrobial resistance.

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