ISID is committed to improving the care of patients with infectious
diseases, the training of clinicians and researchers in infectious
diseases and microbiology, and the control of infectious diseases
around the world. The Society recognizes that infectious
diseases cross all national and regional boundaries and that
effective long-term solutions require international scientific
exchange and cooperation. The Society and its members
are dedicated to developing partnerships and to finding solutions
to the problem of infectious diseases across the globe.
The goals of ISID are to:
- Increase the knowledge base of infectious diseases through
research and enhance the professional development of individuals
in this discipline
- Extend and transfer technical expertise in infectious
diseases and microbiology
- Create and foster partnerships for the control and cost-effective
management of infectious diseases around the world
ISID was created in 1986 by a merger between the International
Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) and The International
Federation on Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (IFIPD).
The ICID had been established in 1983 as a scientific assembly
for the exchange of research and clinical information in infectious
diseases open to any interested individual. An ad-hoc
Executive Committee for the ICID initiated discussions with
the IFIPD that culminated in the 1986 merger of these two organizations.
The 1st ICID organized by the newly created Society was held
in Rio de Janeiro in 1988.
The Society is composed of individual members from over 155
countries around the world. Since its inception, ISID
has been dedicated to improving the care of patients with infectious
diseases, the professional development and standing of clinicians
and scientists in the field, and the control of infectious diseases
around the world.
The Society is governed by a Council
which is elected by the membership. The Council is organized
according to geographic regions to ensure representation from
all the areas of the world. The membership, upon the recommendation
of the Council, also approves the composition of the
and its officers.
The Executive Committee of the Society is charged with overall
responsibility of the Society's activities. The Executive
Committee appoints an Executive Director who is charged with
the day-to-day responsibility for all Society business.