In a Q&A with IDWeek staff, 2015 Chair James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA, shares his thoughts on what’s most exciting about this year’s meeting.
- What are you most looking forward to at IDWeek this year?
The theme of IDWeek is “Advancing science, Improving care.” The scientific program committee, which includes representatives from the four sponsoring societies, has assembled a timely program featuring dynamic speakers and panelists who will be addressing a broad range of topics ranging from basic to translational science including updates on Ebola, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, HIV, hepatitis C, and global health among many others. I am looking forward to the Opening Session on Ebola, the Closing Session on influenza and pandemic preparedness, the award lectures sponsored by the four sponsoring societies, and opportunities to interact with colleagues and trainees between sessions and during poster sessions.
- Are there any new session topics of interest?
The Scientific Program Committee put emphasis on developing sessions on the microbiome and on state-of- the-art diagnostics. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society is establishing a new lecture in honor of the late Dr. Caroline B. Hall; the first speaker will be Dr. John Williams speaking on Human Metapneumovirus. One session will feature a debate on tropical disease vaccines with a focus on malaria and dengue.
- What are the top 3 reasons people should attend IDWeek this year?
The meeting has sessions that will provide a broad range of scientific updates that should appeal to basic scientists, translational researchers, experienced clinicians, public health practitioners, infection preventionists, global health practitioners, and trainees in infectious diseases:
Interactive sessions provide the opportunity to compare your diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to difficult cases to approaches of experts.
Meet-the-Professor sessions and Poster Sessions provide the opportunity to interact informally with presenters.
Trainees have the opportunity to connect with senior Society members for a mentorship experience by participating in the IDWeek 2015 Mentorship Program.
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