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ESPID Research Session and Walter Marget Workshop 2022 - APPLY NOW

 ESPID Research Sessions 2022

The ESPID Research Sessions are designed to support new research groups and are around 1.5 hours long with open attendance to both ESPID Members and non-members, on a first come first served basis, during the ESPID Annual Meeting held in May each year.

Research sessions in 2022 will be held on either Wednesday, 11th May at 11:10-12:40 or Thursday, 12th May at 14:00-15:30 CET during the annual meeting due to be held in Athens, Greece this year. ESPID Members are invited to apply to hold a research session during the ESPID Annual Meeting by completing the application form no later than 6th March 2022 by clicking here.

Eligibility: Please note ESPID Members must be in good standing to apply to hold a research session.

ESPID Walter Marget Workshop 2022 - Application deadline extended

The Walter Marget Workshop (WMW) application deadline has been extended to 19th January 2022. The WMW is a 1.5-day learning event for trainees held every year in the days leading up to the ESPID Annual Meeting. 
Date: 9-10 May 2022

For more information and to apply Click here. Deadline 19thJanuary 2022

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Webinar on post-COVID-19 condition in children

 A webinar on post-COVID-19 condition in children jointly organised by the ECDC and the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) took place on 10 November 2021.

The webinar enabled the sharing of experiences and epidemiological data on post-COVID-19 condition in children between researchers with the aim of shaping future priorities for the condition across Europe.

Participants included members of ESPID, ECDC’s national focal points for COVID-19, and representatives from EU/EEA countries’ National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs). Presentations from ECDC, Germany, Italy, Finland, and the United Kingdom provided data in the areas of surveillance and epidemiology of post-COVID-19 condition in the paediatric population. The lack of a standardised syndrome definition and harmonised surveillance protocol were highlighted.

The webinar concluded that while challenges remain to identify the burden of post-COVID-19 condition and its consequences in children, some established networks exist. A collaborative approach involving public health specialists and expert groups is essential in responding to these public health challenges. The importance of developing a European network to assist in better understanding the syndrome, its public health consequences, and burden was endorsed. To watch the webinar click below:

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Organised jointly by ESPID and the ESPID Foundation

ATHENS & ONLINE, 9-13 MAY 2022



 Maria Tsolia, Co-chair of ESPID 2022, Invites You to Athens & Online


Maria Tsolia, Co-chair of ESPID 2022, invites you to join the 40th special anniversary ESPID Meeting where you will meet renowned speakers, the top researchers in paediatric infectious diseases, and colleagues from all around the world.

As a past participant, you know that ESPID provides world-class science and many educational opportunities, and we encourage you to join us again this year. Here is how you can take an active role in this exceptional learning experience:

  • Submit your research – abstract submission is open! View the abstract topics and submission guidelines here
  • Apply for the Walter Marget Educational Workshop – selected trainees will benefit from talks by experts and the opportunity to discuss their cases directly with the faculty
  • Present in the 14th ESPID Research Masterclass – young researchers can present their studies to other junior colleagues and discuss them closely with European research group leaders
  • Apply for the ESPID Travel Award – it will cover your registration, your travel expenses to Athens, and your hotel stay for the days of the meeting
  • Benefit from the Participation Award – recipients will be entitled to free registration to ESPID 2022

All submissions deadlines 11th January 2022

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40th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Online, Local & Hosted from Athens, Greece
9-13th  May 2022

You are invited to the 40th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases in Athens & Online, 9-13 May 2022. Join researchers and specialists from Europe and around the world, who are dedicated to researching, treating and preventing infectious diseases in children.

2022 will be a special year for the ESPID Meeting. Not only do we look forward to meeting again in person, but we will also be celebrating our 40th Meeting!

We look forward to welcoming you to Athens & Online! 



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ESPID Research Café


Dear ESPID member,

ESPID is happy to invite you to the opening of the ESPID Research Café, where you will be presented with ongoing research proposals, and the possibility of communicating and sharing your input with the authors.

The first research proposal comes from Bieke Tack, MD, PhD candidate, under the topic of International recommendations on blood culture sampling methods in neonates. Find out everything about it here.

We hope you enjoy your break at the ESPID Research Café!

ESPID Committee for Research 

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Group B Strep info translated into 14 NEW languages

 “Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies”  leaflet has been translated from English into 14 languages. The leaflets are now available in:

 Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Urdu and Welsh.

The leaflets are free to download and print from  


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ESPID Online Wiser Immuniser Course 2021

We are delighted to announce the relaunching of the Wiser Immuniser course on the ESPID Education site. The modules of the course have been written by world-experts in the field of vaccinology.

The course now has been extensively reviewed and updated by ESPID and WHO experts. We like to take this opportunity to thank all authors who participated in the reviewing process.

The course is freely available at no cost to ESPID members. It is self-paced so you may start and finish at a time that is convenient to you.  

We hope that this is a useful learning resource for you.

To access ESPID Education simply visit the site here. Not yet an ESPID member? click here

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Antibiotic Management Online Course

We are very pleased to announce that the ESPID Antibiotic Management course is now live.

To do the course, log in to the ESPID website and go to the online courses section of ESPID Education. You can commence the course immediately and complete it at your own pace.

The course allows direct discussion with other participants, the course director or the module authors. This provides a platform for lively forum discussions making learning more fun. 
All the modules have excellent information on the subjects and have been written by renown paediatric infectious diseases experts in the field. And the course is free for ESPID members! 

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PIDS Foundation Announces the Revamped RFA for the Pichichero Family Foundation Research Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

 Have you recently submitted an NIH or CDC award that just missed the payline? If so, the Pichichero Family Foundation Research Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases may be a great way to build the additional data you need to launch a new area of investigation.  

“Having been a grant-funded investigator for many years and serving on multiple study sections, I know firsthand how challenging the grant process is,” said Dr. Michael Pichichero, Director, Research Institute, Rochester General Hospital.  The Pichichero Family Foundation seeks to stand in the gap that often exists between NIH paylines and good science that narrowly misses the mark by providing research grants to well deserving proposals. Beginning November 1, the
PIDS Foundation will review repurposed NIH and CDC grants, with study section comments, on a rolling basis. Proposals that were reviewed favorably, but fell below the payline, will be eligible for funding.  For more information, please review the Request for Proposals or contact Christy Phillips at PIDS: 

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New Partnership with European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)

We are pleased to announce that the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) and European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) have signed a memorandum of understanding for the future partnership of the two societies with the aim of fostering collaborative relationships to strengthen practice, education and advocacy for paediatric infectious diseases.

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ESPID Podcast - Conversations on Paediatric Infectious Diseases

As part of our new 4-part podcast series, ESPID brings you leaders in paediatric infectious diseases, discussing their experiences, viewpoints and more.

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EAP COVID-19 Resource Centre

The European Academy of Paediatrics invite you to share the resources they have put together during the pandemic, and to visit their Resource Centre. This includes a number of elements which youmayht find interesting and helpful:

·         Links to the weekly webinars that we have run over the last 2 months addressing a range of practical, academic and psychological aspects of the crisis

·         Daily blogs and updates with links to helpful sites and breaking news

·         A ‘Children’s Corner’ with advice on activities and links to useful resources for families

        ·         Links to national guidelines and documents 

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A new European Syllabus in Paediatric Infectious Diseases was approved by UEMS

To view the 2018 syllabus click here: 2018 European Syllabus in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

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Primary Vaccination Coverage in the USA

 Article about Primary Vaccination Coverage in the USA by Peter Hotez as Published in the New York Times 

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 Please find the latest Young ESPD newsletter here

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Young ESPID Newsletter November 2017

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