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Societies Urge FDA Advisory Committee to Maintain Standard, Existing and Transparent Process for COVID-19 Vaccine Review

The authorization or licensure of a COVID-19 vaccine must include the highest standards of thorough and transparent review to ensure the safety and effectiveness as well as the acceptance and uptake of an immunization against the novel coronavirus. Representatives of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and HIV Medicine Association presenting at today’s Vaccines and…

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Honors Dr. Penny M. Heaton with 2020 Distinguished Research Award

Penny M. Heaton, MD, a renowned leader in vaccine clinical research and development, is the 2020 recipient of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) Distinguished Research Award. The award recognizes the outstanding investigative efforts of a PIDS member who, throughout his or her career, has made outstanding contributions to research with a significant impact on…

PIDS Recognizes Dr. John S. Bradley with 2020 Distinguished Physician Award

John S. Bradley, MD, a dedicated pediatric infectious diseases physician, scientist, and educator for nearly 40 years, is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). The annual award recognizes a pediatrician who has an extensive and distinguished career in pediatric infectious diseases marked by significant accomplishments and…

Dr. Anita McElroy Named Recipient of PIDS 2020 Young Investigator Award

Anita McElroy, MD, PhD, an outstanding clinician and physician-scientist, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Young Investigator Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). Presented to a physician who has completed pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training in the past seven years, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field. The honor…

PIDS Sponsored Programming at IDWeek

The PIDS IDWeek Program Chairs are pleased to announce exciting PIDS-sponsored programming at IDWeek: Interactive Session Mano a Mano VI – Pediatric Infectious Disease Thursday, October 22, 202012:30pm – 1:45pm EDTLocation: On Demand Boarder Crossing Borders Friday, October 23, 202010:00am – 11:15am EDTLocation: Channel 1 Challenging Cases in Pediatric Infectious Disease Friday, October 23, 202011:30am…

Open Letter from Stanford University regarding Dr. Scott Atlas

Dear Colleagues, As infectious diseases physicians and researchers, microbiologist and immunologists, epidemiologists and health policy leaders, we stand united in efforts to develop and promote science-based solutions that advance human health and prevent suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. In this pursuit, we share a commitment to a basic principle derived from the Hippocratic Oath: Primum Non…

Medical Societies Call for Treatment Approvals Based on Science

While the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 continue to highlight needs for new and proven tools to combat the spread and effects of this novel coronavirus, the development, evaluation and use of treatment strategies must be guided by science. Establishing the safety and efficacy of potential therapies is essential to ensuring their appropriate and effective use….

PIDS Member Spotlight – Dr. Philip Zachariah

Dr. Philip Zachariah is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He also leads the antibiotic stewardship program and serves as hospital epidemiologist at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Zachariah grew up in India and received his medical degree from Christian Medical College Vellore. During medical school, he was struck with the…

What’s in the News: Massachusetts Requires Flu Vaccination for all Students

Citing the importance of reducing influenza-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic, state public health officials in Massachusetts announced on Aug. 19 that flu vaccination would be required for all children 6 months of age or older who attend school in the state. The requirement includes those enrolled in…

PIDS Program and Meetings Committee Update

The primary goal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) Program and Meetings Committee is to oversee and coordinate the pediatric infectious disease programming for the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting and IDWeek meeting. This includes reviewing proposed sessions, obtaining and reviewing abstract scoring data, and proposing a program that includes novel, innovative, and…

Using Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Reference: Minneci PC et al. Association of Nonoperative management Using Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy With Treatment Success and Disability Days in Children with Uncomplicated Appendicitis. JAMA. 2020; doi: https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.10888 Author: John S. Schieffelin, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Diseases, Tulane University School of Medicine Reviewers: Suchitra Rao, MBBS, MSCS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics,…

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