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Dear All –


St Jude and PIDS leadership have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming St. Jude/PIDS Conference due to the increasing spread of COVID-19.   This decision was made after several days of deliberation with the conference organizers, PIDS leadership, and the St. Jude Infection Prevention Team.  Out of an abundance of caution, we want to avoid unnecessary exposures to the immunocompromised children of St. Jude; moreover, there is simply no effective way to rapidly screen for the virus and attendees will be travelling from international and national sites, which further confuses risk calculation. 


We know that this decision will affect you all in a number of ways, but we trust that you understand that this is an evolving issue that requires utmost caution. For those who submitted abstracts for presentation, please know that we still plan to publish these in their entirety in an upcoming issue of JPIDS. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our PIDS staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PIDS will continue to update our membership on COVID-19 developments. We wish you all the best as you care for your local communities and advance research on this and other microbes that threaten pediatric health.


Onward and upward,

Elaine and Buddy







The 19th Annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Conference will be held on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

The conference is divided into four primary sections: care of the immunocompromised host, infectious diseases research, career development, and global health. The target audience for this conference includes medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty with interests in pediatric infectious diseases, global health, and transplant medicine.

The primary objectives of the meeting are to:

  1. Provide updates on the current diagnosis and management of complex infections in immunocompromised patients
  2. Understand new developments in host-pathogen interaction, focusing on bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
  3. Identify opportunities and challenges during the transition from residency to fellowship and from fellowship to faculty
  4. Provide updates on global health-related opportunities for trainees and to share strategies for conducting clinical research in research limited settings





Travel Stipends

NEW: St. Jude/ PIDS GHS Travel Scholarship

NEW: St. Jude/ PIDS GHS Travel Scholarship

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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