Retirement of Professor Chris Baggoley – a fond farewell to a friend and colleague

Posted by on 27 July 2016

On 15 July this year, Professor Chris Baggoley stepped down from his position as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Australia – a position he held for more than five years.

Professor Baggoley was an extremely effective CMO, who during his term of office had to deal with health crises ranging from silicone breast implants to Middle-East respiratory syndrome (MERS CoV), Ebola and Zika. Chris’s international profile is evidenced by his appointment as Chair of the WHO Emergency Committee on Middle-East respiratory syndrome, and as a member of the WHO Emergency Committee on Ebola and the International Agency on Research on Cancer.

Apart from dealing with major health emergencies, Chris made important contributions to Australia’s long-term health goals as a strong advocate for immunisation and strategies to deal with antimicrobial resistance.

Chris has been a good friend of the ASM. His friendly attitude and genuine interest endeared him to many of our student members. Chris recently gave an excellent public lecture as part of our Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth. This lecture clearly illustrated Chris’s great depth of experience, humility and composure, which made him such an effective CMO.

The ASM congratulates Chris on his outstanding period of service. We thank him for his many important contributions to improving the health of all Australians, and wish him all the best for the future.

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Australian Microbial Ecology (AusME)

Posted by on 18 May 2016

Conference title: Australian Microbial Ecology (AusME) - a single stream conference on Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology

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From the Federal Budget Lockup

Posted by on 18 May 2016

It is no surprise that there is little new for science in tonight's Federal Budget. After the announcement of the $1.1 Billion National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) last December, it was unlikely additional measures would follow.
Some measures include:

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Research Symposium and Festschrift honouring Professor Lyn Gilbert

Posted by on 28 January 2016

The Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services, Pathology West (ICPMR), the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - Public Health (CIDM-PH), the Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney (MBI), and the Centre for Research Excellence in Critical Infections, University of Sydney (CRE Critical Infections) are proud to co-host this wonderful event to celebrate a lifetime of Professor Lyn Gilbert's achievements with a research symposium Advancing Control of Communicable Diseases through Innovation and Translational Research.

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Australasian Medical Research and Clinical Societies applaud support of vaccination by University of Wollongong academics

Posted by on 27 January 2016

This follows on from recent publicity regarding the vaccination and anti-vaccination debate, centered around the press release from the University of Wollongong senior academics

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ASM Inspiring Women Recipients

Posted by on 14 December 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Liaskos and Dr. Catherine Satzke for receiving the inaugural 'Inspiring Women' fellowships!

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World Health Organisation Survey AMR

Posted by on 16 September 2015

We hereby invite you to participate in a short survey about the World Health Organization¹s activities for prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). WHO has been engaged in this field over many years, and has renewed its focus after the release of the Global Report on Surveillance in 2014 and the adoption of the Global Action Plan in May 2015. The purpose of the survey is to collect information about the views and perceptions of professionals working with AMR on WHO´s previous efforts, and also how WHO should prioritize future activities. Hopefully, this research project can support WHO in the challenging process of Global Action Plan implementation. Professor Sprenger has expressed his support for the survey as Director of the AMR secretariat in WHO. The results will be presented at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. The survey is anonymous and will be sent to a relatively high number of respondents. We will not be able to identify participants. The survey should be completed in less than 10-15 minutes. We will kindly ask you to forward this e-mail to as many colleagues as possible in order to maximize the number of respondents. Please disregard this e-mail if you have already received it from another contact.

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