The Body Covers: The 39th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Pablo Tebas on IDSA
October 27, 2001
Here I am again at IDSA. It has been years since I last attended this meeting. Years ago, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Society of Microbiology (the organizer of ICCAC) decided to separate their meetings which, until then, had been held together. ICAAC was more a general meeting of microbiologists and the IDSA meeting was more the classic medical society meeting of infectious diseases doctors (which is my area of expertise). They were always back to back in the fall. ICCAC used to be flashy with lots of drug company booths and a strong international presence (it still is). IDSA was a more modest meeting with no drug company presence, brown sandwich bags and so on, but with superb talks. I always liked it a lot.
Then they fought about money, egos and God knows what. The end was a bad divorce resulting in two separate infectious diseases meetings in the fall that make it impossible for anyone in his or her right mind to attend both -- unless you have to give a talk or you have nothing better to do.
It is sad that these two meetings have been separated, since they complement each other and should be together. Those who have read my previous reports at The Body know I am not a fan of the proliferation of medical meetings. In the past, I have usually attended ICAAC because of their greater number of presentations concerning HIV and AIDS. This year, however, the International AIDS Society-USA invited me to give a talk and I decided to come back home. I am looking forward (unfortunately) to hearing about anthrax and bioterrorism.
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