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September 30, 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.

We are pleased to bring you the first Evidence Review in the Partner Notification (PN) Series, written by Nicole Findlay MPH, at the University of Toronto. To learn more about Canadian HIV PN, read HIV Partner Notification: A review of the evidence with recommendations to move the field forward.  Read more about NCCID projects at
NCCID attended the CAAN Wise Practices Gathering in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from September 25 -27, 2013, where Project Manager Rick Harp presented on Outreach tools which were identified through regional outreach consultations and developed to complement the Outreach Planning Guide:  the Outreach Planning Checklist, as well as the Outreach Planning and Exchange Network (OPEN).
Welcome to our new project managers!
Harpa Isfeld-Kiely, Rick Harp and Shivoan Balakumar

Harpa’s work at NCCID will include leading the project on influenza and influenza-like illnesses. Harpa has an MA in Medical Anthropology, a joint program of the Anthropology and Community Health Sciences departments at the University of Manitoba. Harpa’s research history will benefit NCCID as she considers policy implications from population health and health equity perspectives.

Rick will continue to develop NCCID’s Outreach project, and the Outreach Planning Guide and Outreach Planning and Exchange Network (OPEN). Rick has a rich body of experience in research and analysis, and media and communications. NCCID is fortunate to have Rick, as he will also work to develop NCCID’s social media presence.

Shivoan will continue the work related to NCCID’s National Notifiable Diseases Database (NDDB). Shivoan is a Masters of Science student in Community Health Sciences at the U of M. His first degree is in Biology and Psychology from the University of Victoria. Positions in the Medical Microbiology and Community Health Sciences departments at U of M, CancerCare Manitoba, and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, have provided Shivoan with experience which will aid him in the development of the NDDB, as well as other initiatives.

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

CDC Sounds Alarm on Drug-Resistant Bugs
Medpage Today, September 17, 2013
"If we are not careful," Frieden said, "more and more patients will be thrust back to a time before we had effective drugs." Indeed, "for some patients and some organisms," we are already in a "post-antibiotic era," Frieden said. Frieden was commenting on a 113-page CDC report that gives a 2013 snapshot of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. and for the first time ranks resistant pathogens as urgent, concerning, or important. Read more.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

ID Week
October 2 to 6, 2013
San Francisco, California

European AIDS Clinical Society 14th European AIDS conference
October 16 to 19, 2013
Brussels, Belgium

20th Canadian Conference on Global Health
October 27 to 29, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario

Journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP)
November 25 to 27, 2013
Montreal, Quebec

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