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December 31, 2012

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.

NCCID attended the Canadian Immunization Conference (CIC), in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia from December 3 – 5, 2012.  The conference covered a wide range of topics from development of new vaccines to implementation and evaluation of immunization programs and global immunization efforts. Vaccines are one of the most effective public health tools for preventing infectious diseases in both developed and developing countries. NCCID continues to seek collaboration and opportunities in public health areas important to vaccine-preventable diseases.

We also attended the Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California from December 9 – 12, 2012. Risk analysis is a multidisciplinary field which encompasses risk perception, risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. The conference brought together members of academia, government, industry, NGOs and private firms to share the latest advances in the methodology and practice of risk analysis.  NCCID had the opportunity to explore risk analysis as it is entrenched in public health decision-making.

Infectious Diseases in the NewsTo read more infectious diseases news, visit

Overuse of hospital antibiotics led to deadly superbug outbreak
The Independent, December 11, 2012

The widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals triggered the emergence of two resistant strains of the Clostridium superbug that has killed thousands of people worldwide over the past two decades, a study has shown.

A genetic analysis of about 300 samples of Clostridium difficile bacteria collected from around the world found that the global outbreaks were in fact caused by two different strains that had independently acquired resistance to an antibiotic widely used in hospitals. Read More

Upcoming Conferences and Events

3rd Annual International Workshop on HIV & Women
January 14 to 15, 2013
Toronto, Ontario

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
February 28 to March 2, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia

TOPHC The Ontario Public Health Convention
April 3 to 5, 2013
Toronto, Ontario

AMMI/CACMID Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada
Canadian Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

April 4 to 6 2013
Quebec City, Quebec

CAHR Canadian Association for HIV Research
April 11 to 14 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia

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

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