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September 7, 2010

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The six centres form a network across Canada, each hosted by a different institution and focusing on a different topic in public health.

Knowledge That's Contagious
Many of you have been receiving this e-newsletter since it was launched in 2008. I am pleased to introduce this newly revamped version of NCCID E-news. With it comes our new tagline: "Knowledge That's Contagious!" The e-newsletter will continue to bring you interesting and relevant infectious disease news and information about upcoming events, and it will continue to showcase the NCCID’s latest initiatives and resources. What will change is that you’ll receive NCCID e-news once per month instead of every two weeks and each edition will contain a message from the Scientific Director. Although we are streamlining the material we send you, we will try to ensure that we provide the most pertinent information on infectious diseases.

NCCID strives to gather, distill and disseminate current information about communicable diseases and about the technology and tools available to those involved in prevention and control of these diseases. NCCID e-news is just one of the vehicles we use to communicate with public health practitioners, policy makers and community-based workers like you. To that end, I would like to thank the Public Health Agency of Canada for recently renewing its financial commitment to the NCC Program, which will ensure that we can continue keeping you and others across Canada up to date on infectious disease research and knowledge for at least another five years. We are also very grateful to our host organization, the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, for its continued support. You can read more about this in a recently issued news release.

I hope you enjoy reading the articles below, as well as our most recent Purple Paper on Innate Immunity to HIV. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to let us know how we can serve you better through NCCID e-News.


Margaret Fast, MD, FRCPC
Scientific Director

Infectious Diseases in the News
To read more infectious diseases news, visit our website.

Policies and incentives to promote innovation in antibiotic research
High levels of pathogen resistance are, one-by-one, rendering current antibiotics obsolete. Coupled with insufficient investment in discovering new treatments, multidrug resistant infections pose an increasingly urgent public health concern. To curb the growth of antibiotic resistance and prevent major morbidity and mortality from multidrug-resistant bacterial infections we must address overuse and actively promote research and development for antibiotics with novel mechanisms of action. This must be done through appropriately designed incentives for health and regulatory systems in addition to economic incentives to attract academic interest and industry investment. This book analyzes many of the proposed policies and incentive mechanisms that are on the table and sheds light on the key issues that can help policy-makers reach informed, concrete decisions on how to avert this potential public health crisis. READ MORE

Location determines social network influence on information and infectious diseases, CCNY-led team finds
A team of researchers led by Dr. Hernán Makse, professor of physics at The City College of New York (CCNY), has shed new light on the way that information and infectious diseases proliferate across complex networks. Writing in Nature Physics, they report that, contrary to conventional wisdom, persons with the most connections are not necessarily the best spreaders. READ MORE

Special collection: Neglected tropical diseases
Cochrane Reviews offer an important independent analysis of research relevant to disease control in neglected tropical diseases. This special collection brings together the completed Cochrane Reviews that have been prepared on the effects of a variety of interventions to prevent and treat several neglected tropical diseases. READ MORE

Upcoming Conferences

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition
November 6 to 10, 2010
Denver, Colorado

Global Forum for Health Research
November 16 to 19, 2010
Montreax, Switzerland

TB: Immunology, Cell Biology and Novel Vaccination Strategies
January 15 to 20, 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia

International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (IMED 2011)
February 4 to 7, 2011
Vienna, Austria

1st International One Health Congress
February 14 to 16, 2011
Victoria, Australia

NCC Website Links
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National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases NCCID
National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health NCCEH
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health NCCAH
National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools NCCMT
National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy NCCHPP
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health NCCDH

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Production of this e-newsletter has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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