8 April 2019
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Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to bring you all the latest society news in ISAC's March newsletter.

APUA / ISAC Merger

ISAC is delighted to announce that the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) is now under the auspices of ISAC.

Following the retirement of APUA co-founder, Stuart Levy, ISAC was chosen to continue the well respected APUA brand and to lead its regeneration.  The Boards of the ISAC Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group and APUA have merged to form a new APUA Board which will be chaired by Pierre Tattevin. ISAC will also continue to produce APUA's popular newsletter. 

Click here to read more.

To launch the merger, a reception will be held during ECCMID in Amsterdam on 14 April 2019 from 17.00-19.00 at a venue adjacent to the RAI Conference Centre. 

If you would like to attend and for more information, please email secretariat@ischemo.org. As places are limited, please respond by 29 March 2019.


Abstract Submission Now Open!

ISAC invites all presenters to submit their abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 31st ICC–4th GCCMID 2019.


Travel Grant Applications Invited

ISAC Young Investigator Travel Awards (YITA)
YITAs are given to ISAC Member Society applicants under 35 years old who are attending the 31st ICC-4th GCCMID. Successful applicants will receive 1,000 USD towards travel to Dubai and hotel accommodation as well as free registration.

ISAC Tom Bergan and John David Williams Memorial Awards
The two highest scoring abstracts submitted via ISAC's Young Investigator Travel Award application process from countries with limited resources will be awarded the Tom Bergan Memorial Award and the John David Williams Memorial Award.

ISAC Masaaki Ohkoshi Award
The Masaaki Ohkoshi Award is presented to the best clinical study on the subject of urinary tract infections published during a two-year period.

For further information on all awards and to apply, visit the congress website.

Plenary Speakers Announced

Dilip Nathawani 
United Kingdom
Hanah Balkhy
Saudi Arabia
John Turnidge


                                Ramanan Laxminarayan
                             United States
                         Yaseen Arabi
                         Saudi Arabia


Journal Updates

International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

March Editor's Choice Articles

Population-level transition of capsular polysaccharide types among sequence type 1 group B Streptococcus isolates with reduced penicillin susceptibility during a long-term hospital epidemic by Nagano et al

Groups of coevolving positions provide drug resistance to Mycobacterium tuberculosis: A study using targets of first-line antituberculosis drugs by Vats et al.

Editor's Choice articles are available to read for free for a limited time

Read the March issue in full here.


The Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance

Read the March issue of the Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance online now.

Relevant Activities

The 2019 WHO Global Survey on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Hand Hygiene is now open. Click here to take the survey.



World Tuberculosis Day will take place on 24 March 2019.


European Immunisation Week is celebrated from 24-30 April 2019.


To find out how you can become an antibiotic guardian, visit the website.


If you have any news you wish to be considered for the next newsletter, please email secretariat@ischemo.org.




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