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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

In view of sanitary prevailing situation and in order to avoid any risk, and following decisions taken by EFIM, it is with great regret that we announce the following:

  • FDIME meeting scheduled during the 6th EFIM Day in Krakow is postponed till autumn 2020
  • ESIM Summer School scheduled during June 2020 In Madrid (Spain) is postponed till 2021
  • FDIME – EFIM CRS scheduled during June 2020 in Paris is also postponed. New date will be communicated very soon.

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FDIME Research Grant Award 2019 ECIM 2021
(March 19, 2021)

During the virtual ECIM 2021 the recipient of the FDIME Research Grant 2019 has presented his achievements.

After a short introduction on the aims and activities of FDIME Daniel Sereni, (FDIME President) announced the 2019 winner Francois Rodrigues, resident internal medicine in Paris, who wanted to spend time in Leeds at the Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Research to build a collaboration between two institutes. The period of investigations was intended to be from January up to October 2020.

The research is about a rare familial inflammatory disease. The aim of the project is to better understand the way inflammatory cells are stimulated ; this could lead to the finding of therapeutic targets.

Below you can read more details for doctors and scientists and of course also for other interested readers.

The initial project was on courier transfer of blood samples of patients with TNF receptor associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS). He learned several laboratory techniques, but before the first patient arrived both laboratories in Paris and Leeds were close because of Covid 19. He resumed his work in September 2020 with a new project: Multiple cell isolation (neutrophils, B cells, T cells, monocytes) from whole blood of patients with UBA1 mutations, RNA sequence compared with Sanger sequencing somatic mutation with different impacts according to cell lines using FACS. And then again the FACS facilities were closed. In between some more techniques were learned. The question was: Is metabolism different between white type HEK cells and HEK cells transfected with TRAPS variants? This has not yet been confirmed now, but the collaboration between the Paris and Leeds institutes will be resumed at due time.

FDIME Research Grant Award Ceremony video

FDIME Research Grant Award Ceremony

FDIME Best Research Abstracts Awards ECIM 2021
(March 20, 2021)

During the virtual ECIM 2021 three abstracts were awarded as FDIME best research abstracts. A jury consisting of Jan Willem Elte (FDIME Secretary General), Ramon Pujol (FDIME Vice President), Nicola Montana (Past EFIM President and FDIME Board member) and Runolfur Palsson (Past-past EFIM President and FDIME Board member) made the definitive selection.

The following three abstracts received the awards:

  1. 76 IMPAIRED HOST ANTIVIRAL TH1 AND CD8 RESPONSE IN HIGHLY INFLAMMATORY SARS-COV-2 PATIENTS
    Dr Janine Rupp from Austria
    The T cell composition, activation and proliferation in patients with severe (n=8) or critical (n=12) Covid 19 and matched healthy controls ( 2 per Covid patient) were assessed.
    Beside lymphopenia several abnormal Th cell patterns were identified and also CD4+ and CD8+ cells amongst others differed from healthy controls suggesting active anti-viral T cell defense.
    Conclusion: the data suggest that SARS-CoV-2 induced CRS ( cytokine release syndrome) may impair viral clearance by blunting the antiviral T-cell response.
  2. 115 EFFICACY OF CDSS IN IMPROVING ANTI-RESORPTIVE BONE PROTECTIVE THERAPY AMONGST ORTHOGERIATRIC INPATIENTS: A COMPARISON STUDY
    Dr Lata Bhandary from Ireland
    Subject of the study was to compare the proportion of patients commenced on ABPT ( anti-resorptive bone protective therapy) following the introduction of a clinical decision support system (CDDS) to support appropriate ABPT prescribimg by non-specialists.
    An orthogeriatric patient cohort before (2019) and after (2020) was studied. In 2019 31 % (55/178) did not receive orthogeriatric specialist input and only 27 % (15 of 55) had ABPT. In 2020 17 % (32/185) did not receive specialist input, however, 44 % (14/32) were commenced on ABPT.
    Overall more patients were prescribed ABPT in 2020 (78 %) than in 2019 (55 %).
    Conclusion: a CDDS improves ABPT prescribing and may reduce specialist appointments, long-term mortality and future health costs.
  3. 1072 GLUTEN-SPECIFIC CD4+ T CELLS EXPRESS A DISTINCT SET OF MARKERS AFTER GLUTEN CHALLENGE THAT CORRELATE WELL ON THE TRANSCRIPTOMIC AND PHENOTYPIC LEVEL
    Dr Stephanie Zühlke from Norway
    After a 3-day gluten challenge in CeD (Coeliac Disease) blood was sampled after 6 days. A clear increase in gut-homing gluten-specific effector-memory (CD4) T cells were observed in all 6 patients. Transcriptome analysis revealed 94 DE genes coding for cell surface markers, phenotypically similar with gluten-specific T-cells. So the gluten-specific cells from blood after gluten challenge may serve as an alternative outcome measure in clinical drug trials.
    In short: gluten-specific CD4+ T cells express a distinct set of markers after gluten challenge.
LIVE Awards Ceremony video

FDIME Awards Ceremony

Bursaries & Grants Available in 2020-2021


FDIME RESEARCH GRANTS IN 2021

The Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) is offering Research Grants to Young Internists (up to age 38 yrs) to study in.

Research projects including all fields of General Internal Medicine, particularly polymorbidity and other common I.M. conditions.

For further details, download:
Internal Medicine Grant Announcement
Internal Medicine Grant Application Form - closing date 15th June 2021

For further information:
Contact the FDIME Administrator email: contact@fdime.org


EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (ESIM)

El Escorial, Madrid, Spain, Postponed till June 2021

http://www.esim2020.org

FDIME offers Bursaries to support Young Internists from low-income EFIM member countries to attend the next ESIM, hosted by the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine.
Arrival: Sunday 14 June 2020.
Departure: Saturday 20 June 2020.
Course dates: Monday 15 June (09.00 hr) to Friday 19 June 2020 (17.30 hr).
Venue: Real Centro Universitario, El Escorial-María Cristina, El Escorial, Madrid, Spain.
Airport: Barajas Madrid.
Bursary Application closing date: 31.03.2020.
For further details, download:
ESIM Bursary Information & Requirements
ESIM Bursary Application Form Summer 2020


FDIME-EFIM 16th CLINICAL RESEARCH SEMINAR

Postponed

Young Internists from EFIM member countries who are interested to upgrade their existing clinical research skills may apply for a place at the Clinical Research Seminar.

FDIME will provide funding for economy-rate travel and 3 nights hotel stay in Paris for 15 selected candidates.

Upload your current CV with your online application. Closing date: 15.04.2020
For further details, download:
CRS Announcement
CRS Schedule
CRS Application form
Or contact the FDIME Administrator email contact@fdime.org


EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (ESIM)

Levi, Lapland, Finland, 20 – 24 January 2020

http://www.esim2020.org

FDIME offers Bursaries to support Young Internists from low-income EFIM member countries to attend the next ESIM, hosted by the Finnish Society of Internal Medicine.
Arrival: Sunday 19 January 2020.
Departure: Saturday 25 January 2020.
Course dates: Monday 20 January (09.00 hr) to Friday 24 January 2020 (16.45 hr).
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi, Lapland.
Airport: Kittilä (connections from Helsinki).
Bursary Application closing date: 31.10.2019.
For further details, download:
ESIM Bursary Information & Requirements
ESIM Bursary Application form Winter 2020


EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (ESIM)

Ede, The Netherlands, 24 – 28 June 2019

http://www.esim2019.com

FDIME offers Bursaries to support Young Internists from low-income EFIM member countries to attend the next ESIM, hosted by the Dutch Society of Internal Medicine.
Arrival: Sunday 23 June 2019.
Departure: Saturday 29 June 2019.
Course dates: Monday 24 June (09.00 hr) to Friday 28 January 2019 (16.45 hr).
Venue: Akoesticum Ede, Nieuwe Kazernelaan 2 – D 426711 JC EDE.
Airport: Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport.
Bursary Application closing date: 31.03.2019.
For further details, download:
ESIM Bursary Information & Requirements
ESIM Bursary Application Form Summer 2019

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday, March 6th 2020 the Organizing Committee of the 11th International Congress of Internal Medicine announced the new dates of the congress as follows:

11th International Congress of Internal Medicine

will take place in Athens - Greece on

July 5 - 7, 2020

SAVE THE NEW DATES!

We thank you all for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you in Athens in July 2020!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

George N Dalekos, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Vice President, Institute of Internal Medicine and Hepatology
Head, Department of Medicine and Research
Laboratory of Internal Medicine
National Expertise Center of Greece in Autoimmune Liver Diseases
General University Hospital of Larissa

11th International Congress of Internal Medicine in Athens - GreeceClick thumbnail for a larger version

ESIM Winter Course, Levi, Lapland (Finland) 20-24 January 2020

http://www.esim2020.org

FDIME Awarded Bursaries to 2 Young Internists:
Dr Justine Bruvere (Latvia), Dr Linda Kundzina (Latvia)

Dr Justine Bruvere (Latvia), Dr Linda Kundzina (Latvia)
Dr Justine Bruvere-Kaupe, 3rd year Resident in Internal Medicine, Riga East University Hospital, Latvia

I was honored to get FDIME bursary to attendESIM Winter school in Levi, Finland (19.-25.01.2020.) The main reasons why I wanted to participate in the ESIM Winter school was to increase knowledge in Internal Medicine topics, repeat and strengthen my advanced knowledge, socialize and exchange experience with my colleagues from different European countries and of course visit Finland for the first time. I managed to realize all of this and whole course impressed me even more. I expanded my mind and refreshed my passion of Internal Medicine.

First of all, I was impressed with the structure of the course: lectures and workshops every day were hold from 8am till 12pm then2 to 3 hours of free time to rest or enjoy outdoor activities and after that another session of studies from 3pm till 7pm. Daily agenda like this allowed to have some rest to accumulate endorphins and then get back to the lectures with so called ‘fresh head’.

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FDIME RESEARCH GRANTS IN 2019

The Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) is offering Research Grants to Young Internists (up to age 38 yrs) to study in two key areas:

  1. Research projects in the study of Rare Diseases in adults.
  2. Research projects including all fields of General Internal Medicine, particularly polymorbidity and other common I.M. conditions.

For further details, download:
Rare Disease Grant Announcement
Rare Disease Grant Application Form - closing date 30th June 2019
Internal Medicine Grant Announcement
Internal Medicine Grant Application Form - closing date 30th June 2019

For further information:
Contact the FDIME Administrator email: contact@fdime.org

ECIM 18, Lisbon 29-31 August 2019

The European Congress of Internal Medicine (ECIM) 18 was held in Lisbon August 29-31. There were nearly 2000 participants.

Before the congress, as usual, the General Assemblee (GA) of EFIM took place. During this GA the FDIME President Daniel Sereni gave a short overview of the activities of FDIME, but also revealed proposed projects for the future. These projects were discussed during the FDIME GA on August 31. At that meeting a video/vlog project was an important issue and also donations (through the videos/vlogs?) and the employment of a bureau to advise on and help with sponsoring/donations. Nica Cappellini was proposed as a second Vice-President and Ewelina Biskup as a new Boardmember. Because not enough quorum was present, this was accepted by those present, to be confirmed at the next teleconference meeting.

During the congress both the FDIME President, Daniel Sereni and the FDIME Secretary General Jan Willem Elte chaired (poster) sessions, other FDIME Board members gave presentations.

Just before the closing ceremony the 2018 Travel Award winner Dr Pinelopi Arvaniti gave a short presentation of her scientific work on “Epigenetics in Autoimmune Liver Diseases” in Brest. On behalf of FDIME, prizes for the two best abstracts were awarded.

ECIM 18, Lisbon 29-31 August 2019

Award Ceremony

During the 18th ECIM in Lisbon the 2018 Research Grant Recipient received her official Cheque and Certificates from Professor Daniel Sereni, President of the Foundation (FDIME).

Grant recipient, Dr Pinelopi Arvaniti gave a short presentation of her scientific work on “Epigenetics in Autoimmune Liver Diseases”.

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ESIM Summer Course, Ede (The Netherlands) 24-28 June 2019

http://www.esim2019.org

FDIME Awarded Bursaries to 2 Young Internists:
Dr Sabine Upmale (Latvia), Dr Mariem Yahyaoui (Morocco)

Dr Sabine Upmale (Latvia), Dr Mariem Yahyaoui (Morocco)
Dr Sabine Upmale, 3rd year Resident in Internal Medicine, Riga East University Hospital, Latvia

I had a great honour to participate in the European School of Internal Medicine in Ede, Netherlands. Altogether we were 42 young internists from different countries who came to the Akoesticum in Ede in order to advance our clinical skills in internal medicine. At first, it seemed that it would be an enjoyable and interesting course, I was certain I would gain a lot of new knowledge and build strong relationships with new people. But never had I expected how excellent the course would actually be and that all the people I would meet, would have such a strong impact on me.

First of all, we stayed at a training centre for music, dance and theatre. It is located in a idyllic heritage site. This was the location where we all first met.

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FDIME Conference report ECIM 17 in Wiesbaden

August 31 – September 1, 2018


During the excellent 17th ECIM in Wiesbaden (Congress President Professor Petra Maria Schumm-Draeger) the two 2017 Research Grant Recipients received their official Cheques and Certificates from Professor Daniel Sereni, President of the Foundation (FDIME).

Both Grant recipients gave a short presentation: Dr Guillaume Moulis from France (Thrombocytopenia at hospital admission and mortality risk: A population-based study in Denmark; study undertaken in Aarhus; € 20.000) and Dr Ewelina Biskup from Switzerland (Prognostic value of PGC-1α plasma levels in male breast cancer; study undertaken in Shanghai; € 10.000). See photographs.

Dr Guillaume Moulis
Dr Ewelina Biskup

Also during the same session the three Best Poster Awards were presented by Professor Daniel Sereni, Dr Jan Willem Elte, FDIME Secretary General and Professor Lorenzo Dagna (other committee members were: Professor Petra Maria Schumm-Draeger and Dr Ieva Ruza, President of Young Internists).

The Best Poster Award Winners were:

  1. Anakinra for recurrent pericarditis: results from a real world European registry (BEAT registry). Antonio Brucato, Silvia Maestroni et al. Poster A 1138
  2. Obesity Paradox in Peripheral Artery Disease. Karsten Keller, Lukas Hobohm et al. Poster A 1207
  3. Short vs Long Course Antibiotic THerapy in Community AcquiredPneumonia: a Comparison of Systematic Reviews and Guidelines for the SIMI Choosing Wisely Campaign. Poster A 2078

They respectively received € 500, € 300 and € 200.