ESCMID weekly news 29.09.2020

29 September 2020: ESCMID Weekly News
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29 September 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


Continue your ECCVID experience

ECCVID isn't over, it's only just begun! 

We've had a great start during last week’s 3 days packed with live sessions and practical workshops surrounding COVID-19. 

You can continue your education over the next 3 months, as your registration gives you access to all of the scientific material including Keynotes, ePosters, Q&A sessions, and scientific symposia using the on-demand feature of the ECCVID platform.

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The ESCMID awards nomination period is only open for 10 more days!

Only 10 days are left in which you are 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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PAW 2020: Preliminary Programme available, Registration is open!

The 4th ESCMID Professional Affairs Workshop (PAW) will take place from 23 – 26 November 2020 in an innovative online format. The theme of this edition of the workshop is: “Being an infectious disease or a clinical microbiology specialist: challenges and opportunities”

The preliminary programme is ready, and consists of a wide range of topics in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.

Registration has been opened and is currently only 80€ for ESCMID members and 110€ for Non-members. The first people to register also have the possibility to participate in a clinical case game during the workshop.

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Applications for funded observerships can now be submitted

Last week, ESCMID opened the first call for Observerships in 2020. All ESCMID Young Scientists Members are invited to apply now and at the link below you will find the full eligibility criteria for one of the 50 prestigious observerships.

ESCMID believes that it is worthwhile to continue this successful and valuable initiative, despite the difficult times.

In case of questions, please contact:

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TAE Survey: The Role of ID and CM trainee in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Training Association of ESCMID (TAE) has developed in collaboration with RéJIF (Network of young French ID physicians; Réseaux des Jeunes Infectiologues Français)" a new Survey in 2020 on a very up to date topic. All Young Scientists are requested to participate!

The objective of the TAE survey is to evaluate the role of trainees during the first wave of the pandemic, the impact on their training and their opinion on the role of infectious disease specialists and clinical microbiologists in the management of this crisis.

The results of this survey will be communicated during ECCMID 2021 in Vienna.

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JPAIMR Newsletter Subscription

ESCMID is proud to be partnered with the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR).

JPIAMR is a global collaborative platform, engaging 28 member nations to curb antibiotic resistance (AMR) with a One Health approach.

Their newsletter is an excellent way to stay updated on AMR-related activities and news, and you can subscribe on their website.

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ESCMID call for new guidelines projects 2020

ESCMID members and ESCMID Study Groups are invited to submit proposals for clinical practice guidelines projects in the following topics:

1. Diagnosis and treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia;
2. Diagnosis and treatment of Brain Abscess management;
3. Update of the 2014 ESCMID guideline of prevention of infections due to MDR-GN

The deadline for project submission is
Full details can be found in the call text here.
For any questions, please write to

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CMI highlight: National case fatality rates of the COVID-19 pandemic

The CFR of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) varies significantly between countries. This study investigated the potential predictors of the national Case fatality rates (CFRs) of COVID-19 in 34 OECD-member countries.

From a multivariable analysis of health indicators for each country potentially associated with the national CFRs of COVID-19, it emerged that increased percent of obesity in ages >18 years, higher tuberculosis incidence, longer duration since first death due to COVID-19, and older age were found to be significantly associated with higher CFR, whereas increased COVID-19 test rate, higher hospital bed density, and higher rural population were found to be significantly associated with lower CFR in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, by 18 August 2020. Based on these results, authors developed a web-based tool to continuously update the calculations about the ongoing pandemic. The results of this analysis for the case fatality rate of COVID-19 highlighted possible bottlenecks of the pandemic, helping identifying areas for improvement.

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