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In 2020, a series of events and initiatives will take place to celebrate the 40th anniversaries of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) and the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI).
In 1979 a group of consultant medical microbiologists met to discuss the formation of a learned society that would foster the scientific interests of hospital doctors who were interested in nosocomial (or hospital-acquired) infections. The first scientific meeting on the topic of Practical problems in hospital infections took place in January 1980, and was attended by the first four Officers: Graham Ayliffe (Chairman), David C Shanson (General Secretary), Mark Casewell (Meetings Secretary) and Peter D Meers (Honorary Treasurer). In the same year, the , and included articles covering issues still relevant today, such as the role of isolation, surveillance and an outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
at its inaugural agm held friday 9 january 1981, the society reported a membership of 264. since then, membership has grown to over 1000, and the society has organised multiple conferences and educational training events each year.
The Society's Honorary Archivist, Dr Robert C Spencer (Chair of HIS 2001-2007) is currently continuing the work of Dr Philip Sanderson (Honorary Archivist 1989-1992) and is researching and recording the past activities of HIS and the JHI. A book documenting the first 40 years will be published in 2020.
The highlight of the year will be a special event which will celebrate the achievements of the Society and the JHI, and act as a platform for healthcare and research professionals to engage with experts. The event (which will be open to HIS members) will take place 10-11 June in London. This 1.5 day event will include presentations from speakers who will review the last 40 years, and consider the future challenges of healthcare-associated infections. More information is available here.