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March 2016
What Comes to Mind When You Hear of New Orleans in October? Think IDWeek!
The 5th annual IDWeek will take place Oct. 26-30, 2016 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Registration and housing opens for members only on Tuesday, March 22 and will be available to all on Tuesday, April 19. Make sure your IDSA membership is up-to-date so you can take advantage of member discounts and advance registration.  
The IDWeek Program Committee has developed a robust program and the Preliminary Program Primer will debut later this month. Below is a sneak peak of what’s to come.  
ID365 – Every Day, Everywhere in the World an ID Expert is Needed” will be an overreaching theme at IDWeek 2016. It emphasizes how critical the role of ID is to human health and how vast are the topics the specialty encompasses.

IDWeek’s Special Opening Plenary will look back at the history of ID and how ID can move forward. Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx, MD, the US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the US Department of State, will begin the plenary by taking us through the past 20 years of antiretroviral therapy.  Next, Thomas Frieden*, MD, MPH, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will address "Antibiotic Resistance and Where We are Today.” David Relman, MD, FIDSA, the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in Medicine, and Microbiology & Immunology and Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, will enlighten us on the “Future of ID’s Role in Medicine.”
New abstract categories have expanded to TB, stewardship, and hepatitis. The IDWeek Program Committee awards grants to support attendance and travel needs of candidates whose abstracts have been selected and who are scheduled to present their work at IDWeek. The deadline for both abstract submission and travel awards is on Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. EDT
The Closing Plenary, “Hot, Dry, and Crowded,” will cover “Climate Change and ID,” “Displaced Persons and the Diseases that Follow,” and “Emerging Viruses as a Result of Change.” The keynote speakers are:
  • Jan Semenza, PhD, MPH, Head of Health Determinants Programme for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Patricia Walker*, MD, DTM&H, Associate Program Director, Global Health Pathway, University of Minnesota and HealthPartners Travel and Tropical Medicine Center, St. Paul, MN
  • Malik Peiris*, MBBS, FRCPath, DPhil,  Director, School of Public Health and Co-Director, WHO H5 Reference Laboratory, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Know of any potential IDWeek first timers?  Show them this IDWeek for Beginners video. It’s hosted on the IDWeek YouTube Channel where you can also watch interviews from top speakers and key players.
We hope you'll be joining us in New Orleans this fall! 

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