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St. Jude/PIDS Conference Featured Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Bassler

On Day 3 of the St. Jude PIDS Conference, Dr. Bonnie Bassler will present the 36th Erskine Lecture. The John H. Erskine Lecture in Infectious Diseases is a highly anticipated event held to commemorate the Memphis yellow fever outbreak of 1878 and to honor the Memphis city health officer who served during that catastrophic year. …

A Tribute to Dr. Jerome O. Klein

by Stephen Pelton, Elizabeth Barnett and friends and colleagues at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Klein excited generations of trainees and colleagues in Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases.  He was an inspiring person who took genuine interest in those whose paths crossed his. He provided mentoring, support, and guidance, and each were welcomed into his…

Committee Update: Research Affairs

C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPHChair, Research Affairs CommitteePresident-Elect, PIDS The PIDS Research Affairs Committee is responsible for many of the research-focused activities within the society. This includes efforts in recruiting physician-scientists to pediatric infectious diseases; increasing funding support for investigators; and partnering with sister societies, such as IDSA, SPR, and ESPID, to increase visibility of…

Member Spotlight: Dr. Bethany Wattles

Dr. Bethany Wattles is a clinical pharmacist in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She works in the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit, where her work focuses on research and quality improvement initiatives related to outpatient antimicrobial stewardship in Kentucky. She previously served as the…

Update on J-1 Visa Proposed Rule Change

In November 2020, PIDS along with HIVMA, IDSA and SHEA, called on the Department of Homeland Security to exempt physicians working in the United States on J-1 visas from the agency’s proposed rule “Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors and Representatives of…

New PIDS Vice Chair-Elect on the IDWeek Planning Committee

PIDS is excited to announce Dr. William J. Steinbach, MD as theincoming PIDS Vice Chair-Elect on the IDWeek Planning Committee. Dr. Steinbach is aSamuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University, Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Co-Director of Basic Research for the Duke Transplant Center, and Medical Director…

President’s Letter From Dr. Kris Bryant

I am writing this letter to you, my first letter of 2021, from a place of hope and gratitude. Hope? Well, the reasons for that are likely obvious and shared by all – so let me talk for a minute about the gratitude. We are a relatively small organization with a really big vision. So…

Member Spotlight: An in-Depth Interview with Dr. Bill Gruber

As Senior Vice President of Pfizer Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, Dr. Bill Gruber is responsible for the global clinical development of vaccines and led the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effort. He is also a pediatric infectious diseases physician and a longtime member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. I recently had the opportunity to talk…

Dec. 18, 2020

President’s Letter From Dr. Kris Bryant

The pandemic is far from over, but there is hope for a better 2021 as thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States this week. In this week’s newsletter, I want to highlight and thank some of the PIDS members who played key roles…

Member Spotlight: Jaquie Toia

Jaquie Toia has been a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for the past 35 years. The majority of her career was in the practice of oncology, where she was an active member within the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG), then Children’s Oncology Group (COG), as a contributing…

Nov. 20, 2020

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This seems an apt message for our current times. Many have experienced personal and professional tragedies… all achingly unique. Perhaps what sustains us, those things for which we are grateful, are broadly similar. Family. Friends. Faith….

SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody LY-CoV555 in Outpatients with Covid-19

Reference: Chen P, Nirula A, Heller B, et al. NEJM  Oct 28, 2020; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2029849 Author: Surabhi (Sara) Vora, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Seattle Childrens’s Hospital Reviewers: Joshua Wolf MBBS, PhD, FRACP, Ramatu Mohammed-Nafi’u, BSC, MBBS, FWACP, FMCP(Consultant Paediatrician) Background: SARS-CoV-2 infection continues to surge globally and no effective therapeutics are available…

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St. Jude/PIDS Conference Featured Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Bassler

On Day 3 of the St. Jude PIDS Conference, Dr. Bonnie Bassler will present the 36th Erskine Lecture. The John H. Erskine Lecture in Infectious Diseases is a highly anticipated event held to commemorate the Memphis yellow fever outbreak of 1878 and to honor the Memphis city health officer who served during that catastrophic year. …

A Tribute to Dr. Jerome O. Klein

by Stephen Pelton, Elizabeth Barnett and friends and colleagues at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Klein excited generations of trainees and colleagues in Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases.  He was an inspiring person who took genuine interest in those whose paths crossed his. He provided mentoring, support, and guidance, and each were welcomed into his…

Committee Update: Research Affairs

C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPHChair, Research Affairs CommitteePresident-Elect, PIDS The PIDS Research Affairs Committee is responsible for many of the research-focused activities within the society. This includes efforts in recruiting physician-scientists to pediatric infectious diseases; increasing funding support for investigators; and partnering with sister societies, such as IDSA, SPR, and ESPID, to increase visibility of…

Member Spotlight: Dr. Bethany Wattles

Dr. Bethany Wattles is a clinical pharmacist in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She works in the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit, where her work focuses on research and quality improvement initiatives related to outpatient antimicrobial stewardship in Kentucky. She previously served as the…

Update on J-1 Visa Proposed Rule Change

In November 2020, PIDS along with HIVMA, IDSA and SHEA, called on the Department of Homeland Security to exempt physicians working in the United States on J-1 visas from the agency’s proposed rule “Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors and Representatives of…

New PIDS Vice Chair-Elect on the IDWeek Planning Committee

PIDS is excited to announce Dr. William J. Steinbach, MD as theincoming PIDS Vice Chair-Elect on the IDWeek Planning Committee. Dr. Steinbach is aSamuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University, Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Co-Director of Basic Research for the Duke Transplant Center, and Medical Director…

President’s Letter From Dr. Kris Bryant

I am writing this letter to you, my first letter of 2021, from a place of hope and gratitude. Hope? Well, the reasons for that are likely obvious and shared by all – so let me talk for a minute about the gratitude. We are a relatively small organization with a really big vision. So…

Member Spotlight: An in-Depth Interview with Dr. Bill Gruber

As Senior Vice President of Pfizer Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, Dr. Bill Gruber is responsible for the global clinical development of vaccines and led the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effort. He is also a pediatric infectious diseases physician and a longtime member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. I recently had the opportunity to talk…

Dec. 18, 2020

President’s Letter From Dr. Kris Bryant

The pandemic is far from over, but there is hope for a better 2021 as thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States this week. In this week’s newsletter, I want to highlight and thank some of the PIDS members who played key roles…

Member Spotlight: Jaquie Toia

Jaquie Toia has been a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for the past 35 years. The majority of her career was in the practice of oncology, where she was an active member within the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG), then Children’s Oncology Group (COG), as a contributing…

Nov. 20, 2020

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This seems an apt message for our current times. Many have experienced personal and professional tragedies… all achingly unique. Perhaps what sustains us, those things for which we are grateful, are broadly similar. Family. Friends. Faith….

SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody LY-CoV555 in Outpatients with Covid-19

Reference: Chen P, Nirula A, Heller B, et al. NEJM  Oct 28, 2020; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2029849 Author: Surabhi (Sara) Vora, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Seattle Childrens’s Hospital Reviewers: Joshua Wolf MBBS, PhD, FRACP, Ramatu Mohammed-Nafi’u, BSC, MBBS, FWACP, FMCP(Consultant Paediatrician) Background: SARS-CoV-2 infection continues to surge globally and no effective therapeutics are available…

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