Immunisation lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners

Interview with George Kassianos - 23rd March 2020



Dear colleagues, 


In view of the continued spread of Sars-CoV2/Covid-19, the (travel) restrictions imposed by many European governments and the fact that everyone involved in infectious diseases, public health and travel medicine is currently extremely busy dealing with this emergency, we feel that we do not have another option but postponing the 8th Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine (NECTM8). We are aiming for rescheduling the conference to spring/first half 2022 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

We stay committed to organising a high-quality multi-faceted programme in the field of travel medicine and related disciplines that brings together hospital clinicians, general practitioners, nurses, as well as public health experts and other professional groups. We kindly ask for your continued patience and understanding as we explore the financial implications of postpone the event. We are currently looking into new dates and will keep you updated over the next weeks. We understand there might be practical questions arising, e.g. around reimbursement of already-paid registration fees, or else. We will be dealing as timely as possible with those, please kindly bear with us if responses to respective questions can only be answered with some delay. 

We sincerely thank all registered participants, respected speakers and sponsors for their support to NECTM8. We hope that we can count on your commitment and flexibility in this challenging time and we are confident that with your support we will make NECTM8 possible.

Please allow us to take this opportunity to express our solidarity to those affected by COVID-19 and our support to those working to fight the pandemic.

With kind regards,

Helena Hervius Askling, 
for the Steering Group

Martin P. Grobusch,
for the Scientific Committee 

Debora Wattel,
on behalf of the Netherlands National Coordination Center for Travelers Health Advice (LCR),
for the Local Organising Committee

The International Society of Travel Medicine have reported the sad news that Dr. Jay Keystone passed away on the 3rd September. 


A statement from Lin Chen, President of ISTM


Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sorrow that I write to inform you of the death of Dr. Jay Keystone, a Past President of ISTM. We mourn the loss of our respected colleague, a brilliant teacher, and a personal friend to many. 

ISTM honors Jay as a 'Distinguished Fellow' for his exceptional accomplishments, sustained excellence in travel medicine, and exemplary service to ISTM. 

For brief notes on Jay's colorful life, please see his obituary

Our thoughts are with his family and many friends around the world. 

With profound sadness, 


Lin Chen 

President of ISTM

Resolutions NHS have written to the RCGP and GPC correcting the mistake made on indemnity of travel vaccinations given in GP surgeries that are not given to travellers free on the NHS. The indemnity will last from April to July 2019. From August 2019 onwards, purchasing indemnity for the GP Travel Clinic for non-NHS vaccines will be the responsibility of the GP Practices.