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NCIC Special Seminar

Feb 2019. Prof Bob Finberg: “Influenza. Viral Evolution and the red Queen Hypothesis” Dr.

Robert Finberg is the Richard M. Haidack Professor and Chair of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. His work has yielded notable advances, among them characterizing a major cellular receptor for viruses, the coxsackie and adenovirus receptor, and its role in picornavirus infection and gene delivery for adenovirus vectors as well as in cardiac development. His research on innate immunity defined the importance of “pattern recognition proteins,” including toll-like receptors, CD14 and helicases, in the virus-host interaction. He leads a multicenter study to predict the evolution of influenza viruses. His clinical expertise extends from prevention and primary care to treating severely immunocompromised patients. Dr. Finberg received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his M.D. from Einstein (Alpha Omega Alpha, 1974). He then trained at Bellevue and Peter Bent Brigham Hospitals, followed by fellowships at Brigham and Harvard Medical School. He rose to be a professor of medicine at Harvard (M.A., 1996), and in 1999 he joined UMass as chair of the department of medicine. He has written more than 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and 65 book chapters. Dr. Finberg has chaired a National Institutes of Health study section and is a member of many academic societies, including the, American Society for Clinical Investigation and American Association of Physicians, and is an Academy Fellow of the American Society of Microbiology.

NCIC Journal Club

May 2019. Abby Douglas: S.argenteus: how is it different to S.aureus, and how should it change our management?

March 2019. Jake Valentine:Comparing the validity of different ICD coding abstraction strategies for sepsis case identification in German claims data. PLoS One. 2018 Jul 30;13(7):e0198847. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198847. eCollection 2018.

Oct 2018. Jake Valentine: Centers for medicare and medicaid services hospital-acquired conditions policy for central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and cather-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) shows minimal impact on hospital reimbursement. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Aug;39(8):897-901. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.137. Epub 2018 Jun 28.

Sept 2018. Victorian Madigan:Early Corticosteroids for Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Adults Without HIV Are Not Associated With Better Outcome.Chest 2018 Sep;154(3):636-644. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.04.026. Epub 2018 Apr 26.

2018 NCIC workshop and Symposium

What’s new in Cancer: what ID needs to know

For more info on managing infections in cancer patients head over to our Information for providers page for all the latest guidelines and publications


Session 1. Opening and Keynote

Chair Prof Monica Slavin, NCIC, RMH and PMCC

09:00am Opening: Monica Slavin, Director NCIC

09:30am Keynote: Infectious Complications of CAR T cells, Dr Josh Hill, Fred Hutch


Session 2. Workshops: The changing landscape of cancer therapies and implications for ID

Chair Leon Worth, NCIC

11:00am HSCT, Dr Eric Wong, Austin Health (changing landscape in transplants) and Dr. Michelle Yong, NCIC (Implications for infections)

11:45am Small molecule inhibitors and targeted Abs, Dr Carrie Van Der Weyden, PMCC (changing landscape in cancer therapies) and Dr Ben Teh, NCIC (Implications for Infections)


Session 3. Symposium: New directions in cancer and ID

Chair Dr Gabrielle Haeusler,NCIC

1:30pm The microbiome: Implications for Infection and Immunity, Prof Geraint Rogers, SAHMRI

2:30pm Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Distinguishing adverse immune events from Infectious complications, Dr Shahneen Sandu, PMCC

3:00pm A new era in cancer therapy: what does it mean for ID? Panel discussion, moderator: Prof Karin Thursky, NCIC and NCAS


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