ID Week 2019 – what talks should you look out for?


ID Week 2019 (2–6 October, DC, USA) is fast approaching, with just a month before the conference kicks off. The conference is one of the biggest in the USA, representing the joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medical Association, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society it provides a forum for healthcare professionals to come together and learn new expertise.

ID Week 2019 consists of a wide range of session types, from meet-the-professor sessions to poster discussions, so with all that choice, how should you decide which talks to attend? We’ve picked a few highlights from the ID Week 2019 program, and we’d also love to hear your thoughts on the must-see sessions if you’ll be attending – comment below or Tweet us at @IDHubFSG!

What should I look out for at ID Week 2019?

With so many interesting sessions planned it’s a difficult choice, but here’s our top pick of sessions from across the 4 days – ranging from new clinical trials to climate change.

Clinical trials that might change your practice (Ballroom ABC, 3 October, 10:30 – 11:00 am)

This session is aiming to give an overview of the key clinical trials that could impact the frontline of care in the near future. From mycology to virology, the session will cover all bases and hopefully provide an insight on the results you need to be watching for!

Enterovirus-associated neurologic disease (207 AB, 3 October, 1:45 – 3:00 pm)

With cases of acute-flaccid myelitis on the rise in the USA, this session will give an overview of the disease’s epidemiology and clinical spectrum in addition to discussing new findings regarding pathogenesis, including biomarkers and animal models. The talks will also touch on other enterovirus infections and the neurological disease that arises as a result.

Non-antibiotic approaches to treating transplant-associated infections (202 AB, 3 October, 3:15 – 4:30 pm)

This session touches on some of the hottest and most contentious alternatives to antibiotics for treating infections, and on top of this examines a population that are immunosuppressed – transplant patients. The talks will include reviewing the safety and effectiveness and feasibility of phage therapy, fecal microbial transplantation and virus-specific T cell therapy in transplant patients.

Mycobiome and invasive fungal infections (145 AB, 4 October, 1:45 – 3:00 pm)

The microbiome has been a growing topic in the past few years, but is there a contingent that’s often overlooked? This session will delve into the composition, diversity and anatomic location of endogenous human fungal communities and the human–fungal interactions that could have clinical implications. The talks will focus on the impact of human fungal communities on immune function and susceptibility to invasive mycoses, including Candida species.

Want to find out more about the mycobiome? Take a look at our interview with Mahmoud Ghannoum >

The influence of climate change on infectious diseases (150 AB, 4 October, 1:45 – 3:00 pm)

Climate change has been in the news a lot recently, and this session will look at how climate change poses a threat to human health, including a focus on vector-borne infectious diseases – a topic that has been talked about a lot. However, the outlook will also include a talk on how physicians can take action to protect health in the face of climate change, hopefully providing some interesting advice.

Tick-tac-toe: tick-borne infections upping the game (150 AM, 5 October, 10:30 – 11:00 am)

Tick-borne infections are another category of infectious disease that has been reported to be increasing in the USA, and other parts of the world such as the UK. This session will review the US epidemiology of tick-borne infections and also discuss the important clinical and diagnostic features.

You can view the full program for ID Week 2019 here  – if you have any recommendations for us you can let us know below, or via Twitter @IDHubFSG!

Would you like up-to-date news from ID Week 2019?

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How can I meet the Infectious Diseases Hub team?

If you’ll be attending ID Week 2019 remember you can find Infectious Diseases Hub at booth 439 in the exhibit hall – drop by to say hello or email our Editor, Martha, at to set up a meeting. If you have any feedback on this site or if you’d just like to find out more, we’d love to meet you!

Remind yourself of all the action from ID Week 2018:

What is ID Week 2019?

ID Week is the joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the HIV Medical Association (HIVMA), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), providing a forum for healthcare professionals to come together and learn new expertise. The conference is taking place this year from 2–6 October in Washington DC, USA.

It is an inclusive meeting for health professionals allowing the opportunity to network, attend key talks and see colleagues. ID Week registration is still open including admission to all scientific sessions and a huge industrial exhibition  – you can register on the ID Week conference website.


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