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Annual meeting 2017

ISAP-EPASG Conference in Vienna a Major Success

On 21 April, the day before the start of the 2017 ECCMID meeting, ISAP held a joint one-day conference with EPASG (the ESCMID PK/PD of Anti-infectives Study Group). The conference was entitled ‘Anti-infective PK/PD: Integrating Knowledge and Innovating Therapies’ and was held in the historic Old General Hospital Vienna. The program included sessions on key topics such as antimicrobial resistance, combination therapy and the role of the immune system. Informative and entertaining ‘pro’ / ‘con’ debating sessions on topics such as the future role of modelling versus clinical studies in the development and optimization of dosing of antimicrobials enhanced the program. A special feature of the day’s activities was a ‘Young Investigator’ session, which included presentations from 16 up and coming researchers, the largest number ever for such an ISAP session. All young investigators performed very well and the judges had great difficulty in deciding the recipients of awards. Overall, the first-placed awardee was Tobias Heinrichs, while Iris Minichmayr, Amelia Deitchman, Alexia Chauzy and Nikolas Onufrak also received awards. The ‘Young Investigator’ session continued the ISAP tradition of providing a forum for the emerging researchers of our discipline to deliver oral presentations of their research in a supportive setting and receive constructive feedback. The conference was supported by Basilea and Roche (main sponsors) and Nabriva and AntibioTx (sponsors).

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There were 120 attendees at the conference, a capacity crowd for the venue. Members of ISAP and EPASG (note that members of ESCMID can apply for free membership of EPASG) received discounted registration for the conference. Attendees at the conference indicated that they greatly enjoyed the day of antimicrobial pharmacological science. The day concluded with a wonderful dinner at a lovely heuriger in Vienna, and the presentation of awards to young investigators (see photo). This social event was kindly supported by the Mayor of Vienna.

The conference would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our Viennese colleagues Markus Zeitlinger and Ursula Theuretzbacher (conference chairs), with support from Alina Proll. The contributions of all members of the conference organizing committee, the speakers and chairs, Jacqueline van der Meer (Congress Care) and the sponsors are gratefully acknowledged.

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Young Investigator awardees Tobias Heinrichs (3rd from left), Nikolas Onufrak (1st from left), Iris Minichmayr (5th from left), Alexia Chauzy (2nd from right) and Amelia Deitchman (1st from right) along with Justin Lenhard and Sebastian Wicha (4th and 3rd from right, Chairs of the Young Investigator session) and Markus Zeitlinger (4th from left) and Ursula Theuretzbacher (2nd from left).

Link to programme

Annual meeting 2015

The 2015 ISAP symposium took place after the ICAAC and before the Polymyxin Conference in a wonderful conference site in La Jolla near San Diego. The first part of the symposium was dedicated to the memory of Prof. William Craig and looking back to the achievements of our field whereas the second part of the afternoon was dedicated to the future of anti-infective pharmacology. A planned publication will summarise our vision for the future of our field.
Similar to previous years the short presentations of young investigators where interesting, well received and discussed. Seven presentations were selected for presentation. Three young investigators – Amelia N. Deitchman, Justin Lenhard and Sebastian Wicha were awarded with travel grants for their work and the presentations. Mentoring young researchers and providing a friendly and supportive environment for discussing their work is one of ISAP's main goals as well as organising workshops at major conferences.

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General Assembly: 1:00-2:00 PM

Preliminary program - ISAP symposium:
2:10-2:15 PM   Introduction
Ursula Theuretzbacher, Paul Ambrose
Looking back: Achievements in anti-infective pharmacology

Chair: Francoise van Bambeke
2:15-2:30 PM     David Andes: Tribute to Bill Craig
2:30-2:50 PM   Paul Tulkens: Lecture in memoriam Bill Craig
24 years of ISAP - Achievements in the PK/PD field
Looking forward: A critical focus for the next decade - A roadmap for research from an
anti-infective pharmacology perspective
Chair: Hartmut Derendorf, Vincent Tam
2:50-4:00 PM   - How can the discipline of anti-infective pharmacology contribute to optimizing antimicrobial use in the future?

- What are the new horizons?

- What are the critical preclinical, translational and clinical research questions?

- What do we need in the anti-infective pharmacology toolbox, in addition to PK/PD?

Short kick-off presentations intended to provoke discussion about the future of anti-infective pharmacology.
Panellists are asked to briefly address one or more of the above questions.

Structured panel discussion and audience participation
Panellists: Lena Friberg, Jürgen Bullita, Brian Tsuji, Jian Li, George Drusano, Jason Roberts, Johan Mouton, Paul Ambrose
4:00-4:20 PM   Networking coffee break
4:20-5:45 PM   Presentations of young investigators
Chair: Brian Tsuji
5:45-5:50 PM   Farewell: Roger Nation, Ursula Theuretzbacher
6:00 PM

  Networking reception

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Presentations of young investigators

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