IDWeek 2018: What to Look For

San Francisco takes center stage in the world of infectious diseases from October 3 to 7, as the Moscone Centre hosts IDWeek 2018.
This article is part of Infectious Disease Advisor‘s coverage of IDWeek 2018, taking place in San Francisco, CA. Our on-site staff will be reporting on the latest breaking research and clinical advances in infectious diseases. Check back regularly for highlights from IDWeek 2018.

San Francisco takes center stage in the world of infectious diseases from October 3 to 7, as the Moscone Center hosts IDWeek 2018.

Four leading infectious disease organizations — the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) — come together to present a wide range of research including new topics in HIV management and antibiotic resistance for infectious disease specialists.

IDWeek 2018 will kick off on Tuesday October 2nd with premeeting workshops in research training and grant writing, as well a board review course. However, the full substance of the conference begins the next day, Wednesday October 3rd, with the plenary statement given by Kathleen Rubins, PhD. An astronaut who conducted infectious disease research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr Rubins is scheduled to speak on the effect of space’s microbiome on disease transmission and management. The conference proceeds over the next 3 days, with many scheduled symposiums, meet-the-professors discussions/presentations, interactive sessions, lectures, and poster sessions. Popular topics this year include antibiotic resistance and stewardship, influenza, emerging treatments and diagnosis algorithms in bacterial/viral/fungal/parasitic infections, vaccinology, and the conference staple of new findings in HIV treatments and management.

Of note, a planned featured oral abstract presentation on sex differences in academic achievement and faculty rank in the academic fields of infectious disease is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The next day, Ruth Karron, MD, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine, will discuss challenges in the development of vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus during the conference’s annual Hall Lectureship. The Edward H. Kass Lecture will be presented by Cynthia Sears, MD, who will speak on the evolution of opportunistic infections in patients with HIV infection. There will also be lectures focusing on the complications faced by infectious disease specialists when caring for transplant recipients.

Other activities scheduled for IDWeek 2018 include the ID 365 Lounge, designed for use by medical providers early in their career in infectious disease, as well as daily MedTalks that encourage networking, mentorship-matching, and career development. In addition, the IDea Incubator, a competition for original inventions, products, or devices, will judge its winner on Thursday evening, conferring a $10,000 prize for the first-place contestant. IDBugBowl returns on Saturday October 6th, during which conference attendees will be able to test their ID trivia knowledge against constants from Stanford Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Department of Medicine at University of California at San Francisco, and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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