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Bug-Stock! SHEA joins forces with IDSA other groups for 1st 'IDWeek'

While we mourn the apparent loss of the traditional, independent SHEA meeting, it is good to see that the healthcare epidemiology docs have joined with a wide array of colleagues in what amounts to an infectious disease rock festival: IDWeek 2012.

Slated for Oct. 17–21, 2012, in San Diego, IDWeek is the first-ever combined meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). In what may be a concession to the reality of the educational conference business in lean economic times, the groups have decided to broaden their appeal through the strength of numbers. The inaugural IDWeek meeting is now open for abstract submission for a conference entitled Advancing Science, Improving Care. The groups promise the latest science and bench-to-bedside approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV, across the lifespan. The deadline for abstract submissions is May 11, 2012. Numerous awards and travel grants are available to investigators. IDWeek also provides multiple opportunities for scientists to have their research reviewed by colleagues and leaders in the field, including oral and poster presentations, poster discussion rounds led by thought-leaders, and IDWeek-sponsored press conferences. Top abstracts in various categories will be featured throughout the meeting sessions. Fellows in training are particularly encouraged to submit their best research. Subject categories for abstract submissions include antimicrobial resistance, diagnostics, global health, travel medicine, HIV/AIDS and other retroviruses, adult and pediatric vaccines, clinical mycology, infection epidemiology and prevention, outbreak investigations, pediatric and perinatal infections, and virology.