A number of Young Investigator Travel Awards (YITA) will be given to applicants under the age of 35 attending the 29th ICC.

The award will cover the cheapest airfare to San Diego and accommodation at a reasonable hotel as well as free registration. This award will be made for research based on scientific merit presented at the congress. All young scientists who are submitting presentations are encouraged to apply. The award will be based on the abstracts submitted by the applicant who should be the presenting author.

Application deadline for 2015 awards has now passed, we are delighted to announce the following awardees –

Nusaibah Abdul Rahim
Nusaibah was born in 1987, she is a PhD candidate in Drug Delivery, Disposition and Dynamics at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Nusaibah won this award for her abstract ‘Transcriptomic Response of an NDM-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kp) Isolate to Polymyxin B (PMB) and Chloramphenicol (CHL)’.

Karolina Akinosoglou
Karolina was born in Greece in 1982 and recently completed her clinical specialty training in internal medicine. She finished her PhD in the field of malaria parasite biology, at Imperial College London and is currently engaging in post-doctoral clinical research in infectious diseases at University Hospital of Patras, Greece. Karolina won this award for her abstract ‘Platelet Aggregation Along Different Stages of Sepsis’.

Jonathan Betts
Jonathan was born in 1981. He completed his PhD in Chemistry/Microbiology at the University of Hull currently a postdoctoral research scientist at Queen Mary, University of London. Jonathan won this award for his abstract ‘In-vitro And In-vivo Activity Of ML302F A Novel Thioenolate Metallo-β-lactamase Inhibitor’.

Ravindra Dotel
Ravindra was born in 1980. He holds a fellowship in infectious diseases (FRACP) and is currently enrolled in PhD at University of Sydney, Australia. His research is on molecular epidemiology of nosocomial methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infection. Ravindra won this award for his abstract ‘Utility of a 19-target Binary Typing Method for Large-Scale Surveillance of MRSA Epidemiology’.

Amy Jones
Amy was born in 1986 in the UK and is currently an early career research fellow working at the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University, Australia. Amy won this award for her abstract ‘Identification and Characterisation of Novel Chemical Scaffolds for the Treatment of Human African Trypanosomiasis’.

Norihito Kaku
Norihito was born in Japan in 1982 and is currently working with the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Norihito won this award for his abstract ‘Comparison of ME1100, an Arbekacin Inhalation Solution, and Amikacin in a Murine Model of Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Caused by P. aeruginosa’.

Anne Makena
Anne was born in 1987 and is a final year graduate student reading for a PhD in Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford, UK. Anne won this award for her abstract ‘Characterization of VIM Variants Reveals Differences in Stability and Inhibitor Binding’.

Lynette Phee
Lynette was born in 1981 and is currently a 4th year Specialist Trainee registrar in Clinical Microbiology with Barts Health / Homerton University Hospital NHS Trusts in London as well as a 2nd year PhD student with Queen Mary University of London. Lynette won this award for her abstract ‘In Vitro and In Vivo Activity of Lactivicin Derivatives against Enterobacteriaceae Producing Extended-spectrum (ESBL) and Carbapenem hydrolysing β-lactamases’

Kelly Reveles
Kelly was born in 1986 and is currently completing her first year as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Kelly won this award for her abstracts ‘Clostridium difficile Infection Incidence and Health Outcomes in the National Veterans Health Administration from 2003 to 2012’ and ‘National Epidemiology of Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infections in the Veterans Health Administration from 2003 to 2012’.

Serhat Uysal
Serhat was born in Turkey in 1985, he is current an Infectious diseases and clinical microbiology specialist at Ege University Faculty of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey. Serhat won this award for his abstract ‘Daptomycin in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections; Multicenter Study’.

Laura Wright
Laura was born in 1986 and is currently in her third year of PhD studies at the University of East Anglia and based at the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections Reference Unit, Public Health England, London. Laura won this award for her abstract ‘Whole Genome Sequencing of Metallo-β-Lactamase-Producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa Belonging to the ST235 High-Risk Clone’.