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April 25, 2013

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. NCCID is hosted by the International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID), located in Winnipeg.

New Staff!! NCCID welcomes Margaret Haworth-Brockman as our new Program Manager. Margaret comes to us from the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence where she spent the last 12 years as Executive Director. With a wealth of experience in health, combined with her academic training as an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg and a recent Masters graduate from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Margaret will be a great asset to NCCID.

NCCID attended the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia from April 11 – 14, 2013. Program Manager, Eve Cheuk PhD, presented a poster, “Mapping the Bridges between Researchers and Public Health Practitioners to Advance HIV Prevention Research in Canada.” Eve’s interactive poster elicited feedback from viewers on what an HIV public health program database should look like, and what type of information it should contain. Visit our NCCID project page for information on current projects.

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

Antibiotic progress on superbugs called 'alarmingly slow'
CBC News, April 21, 2013

New antibiotics for superbugs are critically needed to save lives, Canadian and U.S. infectious disease experts warn. When the Infectious Diseases Society of America reviewed progress on development of new drugs this week, it found only two new antibiotics had been approved since 2009. "[Progress] remains alarmingly slow," Dr. Barbara Murray of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and her co-authors from the society concluded in the May 15 issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Antibiotics kill bacteria but the fast-growing microbes fight back by becoming resistant — a vicious cycle. Read More

Upcoming Conferences and Events

CANAC Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
April 25 to 28, 2013
Toronto, Ontario

CADTH Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health
May 5 to 7, 2013
St. John's, Newfoundland

Canadian Health Libraries Association
May 22 to 25, 2013
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Community and Hospital Infection Control Association - Canada
June 1 to 5, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario

CATIE Forum 2013
September 18 to 19, 2013
Toronto, Ontario

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