Welcome to British Infection Association

The British Infection Association was formed when the British Infection Society formally merged with the Association of Medical Microbiologists in 2009. Now with over 1400 members, the BIA exists to promote the science and practice of medicine in relation to infection, to support all infection specialists and trainees, and to further research into infection.


To join the BIA, please see our Membership page



Current vacancies are also listed below
Heading titles below (in blue) are linked to further sources of information, where available

The 2014 round of Clinical Excellence Awards was announced last week by the ACCEA. Closing date for submissions: Thursday 14 August, 5pm. Click here  for further information, including advice on applications.


Second Medical Editor required for UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs) for Bacteriology

Due to the considerable workload a second medical editor is required to edit UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs) for bacteriologySMIs are a comprehensive referenced collection of recommended algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology and bacteriology.  The documents are developed in line with the Appraisal of Guidelines Research & Evaluation (AGREE) instrument  used for NICE accreditation. We are seeking applications from the membership of the British Infection Association.

The advert and job description are attached for further information.  For background information please access the following link.  If you would like to speak to a member of the team to discuss this post please call on tel: 0208 327 6478.

Applications should be submitted to Shirley.Boland@phe.gov.uk by 8th July 2014 and should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae.


BIA Council Elections Results

Unopposed nominations were received for the following posts:

Honorary Secretary:    Dr Albert J Mifsud

Manpower and Training Secretary:    Dr Matthew Rogers

Trainee (Professional Affairs) Secretary:    Dr Joby Cole

Trainee (Meetings) Secretary:    Dr Rajeka Lazarus & Dr Maheshi Ramasamy


Formal elections were hels for Scientific & Research Secretary; the successful candidate was Professor Thomas Evans.

No nominations were received for the Associate Member Representative and this post will remain vacant for the foreseeable future.

Albert Mifsud welcomed the new members on the Council and the outgoing Council members were thanked for their contributions - Dr Fiona McGIll, Dr Thushan de Silva, Dr Martin Llewelyn & Prof Melanie Newport.


This tri-series of roundtable events will centre on the three strategic aims of the UK government’s five year antimicrobial resistance strategy published in September 2013 and look at how the health communities, pharmaceutical industry and diagnostics within Europe and internationally can:

  • Improve the knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance
  • Conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments
  • Stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies

We aim to inform, assist and influence delivery of the strategy across the UK, and lend lessons learnt to colleagues across Europe and the rest of the world.  Multidisciplinary thinking, working and innovation is needed to address antimicrobial resistance – one of the greatest challenges 21st century challenges to health.

Roundtable 1- Improving knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance- September 24th, Wellcome Trust, London

Roundtable 2- Safeguarding the effectiveness of existing antimicrobial treatments for serious infection- December 9th, Wellcome Trust, London

Roundtable 3-Re-stoking the therapy pipeline-how to stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies.  February 5th 2015 Wellcome Trust, London 

The outputs of this series will be presented at a joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics and All Party Parliamentary Group on Health in Spring 2015.



The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is seeking to appoint three new members to the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Examining Board, including an Infectious Diseases Physician.

Applications should be submitted by 31 July 2014


The British Infection Association is hosting this year's Federation of Infection Societies 2014 meeting at the Harrogate International Centre.

The programme includes many interesting topics and is held in collaboration with a number of Societies.

Clinical staff in microbiology, infectious diseases, HIV medicine, pharmacy, laboratory staff and managers are all welcome to attend. The conference attracts people working at all levels in infection & infection related policy within both the private and public sectors.

Themes in 2014

  • HIV related infections, hepatitis, co-infection and blood bourne virus
  • Politics & Public Health in Infection
  • Prioritisation in Healthcare
  • Finding the cutting edge in science and working in the world of infection
  • Power forward with 'cutting edge' techniques, equipment, treatment and novel ideas
  • International aspects of infection - tropical medicine, travel medicine

Abstract submission now open; to submit an abstract please click here


Each year the British Infection Association (BIA) invites applications to deliver this highly prestigious lecture at the Conference of the Federation of Infection Societies. The successful applicant will be invited to give a lecture at the annual meeting of the Federation of Infection Societies, Harrogate UK, 24th to 26th November 2014, with the lecture taking place on the 25th November.  Doctors and scientists who have not yet reached consultant, senior lecturer or top grade scientist status are eligible to compete.

Closing date for receipt of applications:   Friday 19th September 2014


An updated table of awards and grants is now available to view, including the Barnett Christie Lecture, BIA/MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship, BIA Research Fellowship, BIA Research Project Grants and BIA Clinical Exchange Award. Trainees in the field on infection are eligible to apply.


All abstracts, podcasts and presentations from the conference are now available




Consultant in Microbiology / Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Royal London Hospital, Barts NHS Trust

Start date: 1 September 2014


WHO/MSF RECRUITMENT INITIATIVE - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak

“Guinea is currently experiencing a very complex Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak with multiple locations affected, and a number of isolation/treatment centres have been established. These are managed by the Ministry of Health and suppored by clinicians from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The World Health Organisation HQ in Geneva is looking to recruit Infectious diseases physicians to deploy under the WHO to support case management in isolation facilities. Prior experience of a filovirus outbreak is not required, but clinicians must have experience of working in a resource limited environment, speak French and be accredited or about to accredit in Infectious Diseases/Tropical medicine.

Clinicians will be recruited through the GOARN network  on a non-remuneration contract and a per diem is provided, in addition to travel costs. Typical clinical deployments are for 3 weeks duration. If any members of BIA are interested please contact Dr Tom Fletcher at the Dept of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases of the WHO for further information on tomfletcher@doctors.org.uk , including an up to date CV.”

See WHO Ebola virus disease website   www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/

And regular updates on ProMED   www.promedmail.org/?p=2400:1000