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Nov. 29, 2021

In the News: Are Kids at Higher Risk for Re-Infection of COVID-19 Than Adults?

Healthline looked at how kids’ antibody response affects re-infection and the spread of COVID-19. Emerging research cited by the story that first appeared in Nature explains that when children get COVID-19 they do not make as many types of antibodies against the virus as adults do. Further, preprint research from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh…

Nov. 29, 2021

In the News: A Lack of Access: Pharma is Failing to Ensure New Antibiotics Will Be Available to Poor Countries, Analysis Finds

A 2016 U.K. report forecasted drug-resistant infections may kill up to 10 million people a year by 2050, which makes containing antimicrobial resistance a critical area of need. Public health experts are raising alarms over the pharmaceutical industry’s abilities to address challenges and inequities evident in accessing antibiotic treatments in low- and middle-income countries. An…

Nov. 24, 2021

Member Spotlight: Dr. Alice Sato

Alice Sato, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She also serves as the Hospital Epidemiologist for Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Sato received her MD and PhD in Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania, trained in general…

Nov. 10, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. C. Buddy Creech

Well, it’s happening. Two years ago, I began my term as President-Elect and I have spent the last 24 months learning from Drs. Kris Bryant and Paul Spearman. PIDS has enjoyed tremendous success under their leadership, along with the outstanding work of Dr. Susan Coffin as Secretary-Treasurer, and we owe them all a debt of…

PIDS STRONGLY SUPPORTS VACCINATION OF CHILDREN 5-11 YEARS OF AGE WITH THE PEDIATRIC COVID-19 VACCINE

“The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the world’s largest organization of pediatric infectious diseases specialists, strongly supports a universal recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination of children 5-11 years of age, as authorized by the FDA. PIDS also strongly encourages efforts to ensure equitable access to pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. “More than 28 million children will be eligible for…

Oct. 14, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Dear friends, As my two-year term as the PIDS president, draws to a close I have to tell you how in awe I am of what PIDS members have accomplished as individuals and as a team over the course of the pandemic. Your scientific contributions have been exceptional, your compassion for your patients heartening, and…

PIDS Recognizes Dr. William Otto as 2021 JPIDS-Ralph D. Feigin Apprenticeship Award Recipient

Dr. William Otto is the recipient of the 2021 JPIDS-Ralph D. Feigin Apprenticeship Award. The award is aimed at fostering talented young pediatric infectious diseases physicians who are interested in playing a role in the publications that help to inform the field. Congratulations to Dr. Otto!

PIDS Recognizes 2021 Fellowship and Research Award Winners During Business Meeting

The goal of the PIDS Fellowship and Research Awards program is to increase the pool of highly trained pediatric infectious diseases clinical scientists and to stimulate scholarly basic, translational, and clinical research in areas pertinent to Pediatric Infectious Diseases including innovative research to improve or develop new vaccines and immunotherapeutics for children, and to support…

What’s in the News: A ‘Historical Event’: First Malaria Vaccine Approved by W.H.O.

The quest for a malaria vaccine has been underway for a hundred years. Many candidates never made it past clinical trials. On October 6th, however, the World Health Organization endorsed the first ever vaccine to prevent the infectious disease that kills about a half a million people each year, most of them children in sub-Saharan…

What’s in the News: A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now

Data increasingly suggest that a causal link exists between COVID-19 mRNA vaccination and myocarditis in adolescents and young adult males. The risk of myocarditis appears highest after the second dose of mRNA vaccine, which has led officials in Hong Kong, Norway, Great Britain and other countries with lower rates of new infection than the United…

Virtual Town Hall 11/4: COVID-19 in ICC, What Have We Learned?

The PIDS Transplant Infectious Diseases Education Subcommittee is pleased to announce this virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, November 4, 2021, 12-1 pm ET. Click here to register today!  The expert panel will share registry data regarding the clinical presentations, management, and outcomes of immunocompromised children during the COVID-19 pandemic: Gabriela Maron, MD, MS is an…

PIDS Recognizes Dr. Grace Lee with 2021 Distinguished Service Award

Grace M. Lee, MD, MPH, FPIDS, a leader in pediatric infection prevention, is the recipient of the 2021 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes a Society member who has made outstanding contributions to the specialty of pediatric infectious diseases. In addition to her work advancing the science of infection prevention…

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