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28th ECCMID in MADRID: Multiple Antimicrobial Drug Resistance and ID of microbes. Brief summary of the biggest European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of 2018 followed by IFIC Congress in Cracow and a Biofilm Symposium in Kudowa Zdrój.


Piotr Kochan



In Poland there is a rhymed saying that goes: “życie jak w Madrycie”, ponounced in English as “sheetsiee yak v mothreetsie” and directly translated to “life like in Madrid”. The meaning of the phrase is deeper, though, it’s full of envy and longing and literally means you don’t get a better life than in Madrid or commonly used to denote a carefree and prosperous life.

And this is exactly my impression upon visiting the wonderful city of Madrid – the city that never sleeps. Very much unlike many destinations one would visit in northern Europe for example, where people seem to only live to work or work to live, this Spanish city is full of life and energy until the early morning hours. People in restaurants, bars, clubs and then partying on the streets. If one stays long enough, it’s hard to return to reality, after excellent tapas, mouthwatering Sangria in the Mercado de San Miguel or huge gatherings of football fans in Plaza Mayor (Fig. 1, 2). Visitors should definitely have the chance to visit the many museums or travel to Toledo, which is a wonder of architecture on its own.

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Figure 1. Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain.
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Figure 2. Mercado de Sant Miguel in Madrid, Spain. A flamboyance of taste and drink.
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The 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) took place from April 21-24, 2018 (Fig. 3, 4). This was the 2nd event organized by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) in Spain in recent years. Not long ago we witnessed another great event organized in Barcelona, in May 2014.

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Figure 3. The 28th ECCMID venue – Feria de Madrid.
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Figure 4. ESCMID desk during the 28th 28th ECCMID venue in Feria de Madrid.
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This year was also special as the steering wheel of the Society was handed over from the current President Mario Poljak to President Elect from Spain – Jesús Rodríguez-Baño. Professor Rodríguez-Baño is a distinguished specialist of infectious diseases working at the Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena in Sevilla (Fig. 5).


Figure 5. Father figures of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology – Professors (l to r): Murat Akova, Winfried Kern, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño and Mario Poljak. The new ESCMID President’s speech may be seen on WJOMI Official YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/TanLPldj7lI
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No conference would be complete without an opening ceremony and this time the organizers have not only guaranteed the taste of Spanish food but also getting a glimpse of the Spanish culture with wonderful performance by local dancers and musicians. But this was only a soft breeze before a fully fledged medical event that was very difficult to encompass due the huge content, and very tough choices when it comes to the sessions (Fig. 6-8) [3].


Figure 6. Cultural performance during the Opening Ceremony. The film showing part I of the performance may be seen on WJOMI Official YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/7Ba4MCXDdb0.
It may be accessed directly from the official WJOMI website: www.wjomi.com.
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Figure 7. The traditional Spanish music and dance were full of energy and passion. The film showing part II of the performance may be seen on WJOMI Official YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/U2MfblocrrY.
It may be accessed directly from the official WJOMI website: www.wjomi.com.
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Figure 8. Prof. Winfried Kern’s talk during the Opening Ceremony. The full film may be seen on WJOMI Official YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/NlgGpatwMOA.
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With over 127 scientific sessions, 5500 submitted abstracts out of which over 3500 were accepted, this is now the biggest congress in the field of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology in the world. The organizers say that the bar was raised often higher than the acceptance rate for many peer-reviewed medical journals. Our team managed to present a poster during Monday’s “STIs on the Rise” session entitled: “Trichomonas vaginalis lifecycle revisted” [1] as well as another one related to our collaborative centre no.101 (Fig. 9, 10) [2].














































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Figure 9. Our team’s and research circle’s 28th ECCMID poster entitled “Trichomonas vaginalis lifecycle revisited” authored by Piotr Kochan, Agata Pietrzyk, Alban Vogel, Maria Gołębiowska, Karan Kumar, Eivind Krågebakk, Andreas Talgø Lie, Rebekka Nilsen, Vilde Strøm, Michael Zbiegien, Barbara Papir, Małgorzata Bulanda with the presenting author – Alban Vogel – in front of the ready poster in Madrid (photograph courtesy of A. Vogel) [1].
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Figure 10. ESCMID World showing the poster of the only ESCMID Collaborative Centre no. 101 in Poland (second poster from the left) [2].
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A new record was set this year with a total of 12,949 participants from 128 countries (Prof. Kern’s presentation in the Opening Ceremony in Fig. 8 shows earlier numbers, hence the difference). Approximately 42% of the speakers were women. With wide media coverage, ESCMID alone published 11 press releases. The top ranking participant countries included United States, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and China. ECCMID 2018 exhibition featured close to 200 exhibitors and was as big as some of the car shows with very sophisticated equipment both for standard and molecular diagnostics as well as antimicrobial therapy [2, 3].

Highlights of the congress

It’s impossible to quote the whole congress programme – since the final programme book was almost 400 pages long. The sessions were meant to attract many participants and the main topics included antimicrobial resistance, susceptibility testing, infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, sepsis, novel diagnostic techniques, emerging infections and still the very hot topic – the microbiome. No microbiology and infectious diseases meeting would be complete nowadays without HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis and malaria topics. An interesting talk was given by Nobel Prize laureate Rolf M. Zinkernagel who discussed viral mechanisms that affect immunity and gave insight into vaccines in his talk entitled "Immunology taught by viruses". Prof. Zinkernagel shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine together Peter C. Doherty in 1996 “for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell mediated immune defence” [3, 4].

Another keynote lecture was presented by Colin A. Russel: “100 years to prepare and we are still not ready” on the influenza viruses that killed 50-100 million people and preparedness for a new pandemic. Otto Cars’ talk was entitled “Global coordinated action against antibiotic resistance – are we achieving enough?” which discussed the management of the antibiotic resistance crisis. George L. Daikos talked about extensively drug resistant microbes and their treatment in his lecture entitled “An everyday life with XDR Gram-negative bacterial infection – empiricism versus scientific evidence”. Nathalie Questembert-Balaban’s talk “Phenotypic variability and the evolution of antibiotic tolerance” addressed the different bacterial strategies to evade antibiotic treatment. Christian Drosten discussed “SARS, MERS and other coronaviruses to come”. Last but not least, Christopher Dye touched the difficult topic of TB with his talk: “Eliminating tuberculosis – practical proposition or distant dream?” and Colin Hill posed a question: “What does it all mean? Making sense of microbiome data” [3]. If you were unable to attend, the next ECCMID will take place in Amsterdam from April 13-16, 2019.

For the full program of the 28th ECCMID in Madrid and the ESCMID Congresses to follow, please visit the websites:
- eccmid.org and
- eccmidlive.org.


2018 IFIC Congress in brief

The Eighteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) took place immediately after Madrid’s ECCMID from April 25-27, 2018. It was a prestigious international event organized by IFIC and the Polish Society of Hospital Infections in the centre of Cracow - the city of Polish kings. The three days were completely filled-up with topics related to hospital infections and infection control, with top experts from all over the globe presenting lectures. Besides of lectures, the participants had a wide variety of choices in the programme, including interactive keypad symposia and interactive workshops. I was a co-author of an interesting poster case report of necrotic fasciitis caused by GBS (Fig. 11) [4]. The event was wonderfully summarized by one of the founding fathers of the Polish Society of Hospital Infections – Prof. Piotr B. Heczko. For a full programme, please visit the website: www.ific2018.com

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Figure 11. Our team’s poster during IFIC Congress in Cracow in 2018 [5].
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Biofilm Symposium in Kudowa Zdrój

The medical conference spree continued with the X Jubilee National Scientific Symposium: Biofilm formed by microorganisms in the pathogenesis of infections entitled “The search for novel diagnostic and therapeutic solutions in limiting microbial expansion” (pol. X Jubileuszowe Ogólnopolskie Sympozjum Naukowe z cyklu: Biofilm tworzony przez drobnoustroje w patogenezie zakażeń pt. „Poszukiwanie nowych rozwiązań diagnostycznych i terapeutycznych w ograniczaniu ekspansji drobnoustrojów”) from May 17-19, 2018 in the spa town of Kudowa Zdrój. I was one of the invited speakers and gave a talk on the safety of beneficial microbes [6]. I also immensely enjoyed the lecture of Dr Paweł Grzesiowski on the stool transplant in the same session as my talk. The 10th edition of the conference was very well organized by the Polish Society of Clinical Microbiology (pol. Towarzystwo Mikrobiologii Klinicznej), the Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Parasitology in Wrocław (pol. Zakład Mikrobiologii Farmaceutycznej i Parazytologii UM we Wrocławiu) and Evereth Publishing. The general program consisted of 7 scientific session: I. Candida in severe infections; II. Biofilm – what’s new?; III. Perioperative medicine – prevention of infections, intravenous catheter-related infections; IV. Human microbiome – trust and supervise; V. Novel techniques in identification of infections; VI. Diagnostic problems and treatment of infections in burn patients; VII. Resistance of bacteria to antibiotics and new therapeutic solutions. Full program may be found on: biofilm.com.pl.

Conclusions

Despite a lot of activities, it’s very interesting to participate and witness all the state-of-the-art research and science presented at these scientific events. In the world of changing dynamics it’s important to stay ahead of the microbes and infections that burden mankind, still it’s impossible to stop them. And the recent Zika cases in South America or plague in Madagascar are just the tip of the iceberg...


References:

[1] Kochan P, Pietrzyk A, Vogel A, Gołębiowska M, Kumar K, Krågebakk E, Talgø Lie A, Nilsen R, Strøm V, Zbiegien M, Papir B, Bulanda M. Trichomonas vaginalis lifecycle revisited. Poster 1891. 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Madrid, April 21-24, 2018.
[2] Kochan P. ESCMID Collaborative Centre no. 101, Kraków, Poland. ESCMID World Poster. 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Madrid, April 21-24, 2018.
[3] European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. ECCMID 2018 Wrap-Up. Access valid on May 31, 2018: https://www.escmid.org/escmid_newsletter/eccmid_ short_news/eccmid_2018_wrap_up/
[4] The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1996. Peter C. Doherty, Rolf M. Zinkernagel. Access valid on May 31, 2018: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1996/
[5] Dobrut A, Ochońska D, Rajca Ł, Samet A, Kochan P, Heczko P, Brzychczy-Włoch. Necrotizing fasciitis after the hysterectomy in a previously healthy woman caused by invasive Streptococcus agalactiae – a case report. Eighteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control, Cracow, April 25-27, 2018.
[6] Kochan P. Probiotyki – warunki podawania i powikłania. X Jubileuszowe Ogólnopolskie Sympozjum Naukowe z cyklu: Biofilm tworzony przez drobnoustroje w patogenezie zakażeń pt. „Poszukiwanie nowych rozwiązań diagnostycznych i terapeutycznych w ograniczaniu ekspansji drobnoustrojów”), May 17-19, 2018, Kudowa Zdrój.


Conflict of interest: none declared

To cite this article: 28th ECCMID in MADRID: Multiple Antimicrobial Drug Resistance and ID of microbes. Brief summary of the biggest European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of 2018 followed by IFIC Congress in Cracow and a Biofilm Symposium in Kudowa Zdrój. World J Med Images Videos Cases 2018; 4:e25-33.

Published on: 31 May 2018


















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