About the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre
AMR is a threat to life and healthcare globally. With increasing levels of international concern about AMR, we need high quality research and evidence to guide action. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is unique in the breadth of disciplines used to meet this complex challenge. These range from microbiology and clinical medicine to social studies and economics. The School’s Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, launched in 2016, will foster connections between these scientific approaches, generating innovative approaches to science and policy.
The Centre is based on five disciplinary pillars:
- Biological & Pharmacological Sciences
- Clinical & Veterinary Sciences
- Humanities & Environmental Sciences
- Epidemiology & Modelling
- Economic, Social & Political Sciences
The aims of the AMR Centre are:
- Promote and facilitate high quality research into AMR that builds on and exploits disciplinary strengths across LSHTM.
- Facilitate AMR related funding responses and collaboration opportunities.
- Provide an interface for LSHTM’s AMR research for staff, public, press and wider research communities.
- Provide educational materials on AMR.
Seminar | AMR-Scapes: Science Communication and Public Engagement
Professor Andrea Whittaker will be speaking about the public engagement research project AMR-Scapes. AMR-Scapes is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant to research public engagements with advice regarding the rational and reduced use of antibiotics. Some of the themes that AMR-Scapes tackles include examining AMR news and health media messages, including scientific assumptions, as well as exploring the enablers and barriers to the enactment of AMR advice in everyday life.
Speaker: Andrea Whittaker, Monash University
Andrea Whittaker is an ARC Future Fellow in Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts. She has achieved international standing in the field of medical anthropology. Her current research projects include the study of global medical trade and mobility, reproductive travel and biotechnologies in the Asia Pacific, including issues of gender, religion, bioethics and global regulation of the trade, and social isolation among HIV positive people in Queensland.
Date: 18 January 2018
Time: 12:45 – 14:00
Venue: LG6, Keppel Street
Watch live or watch later
Follow this link to watch the seminar live, or watch later. This is available for LSHTM staff, students, and individuals from outside LSHTM.
Spotlight 15/01/18 | Biofilms on the watch list
In the week the UK Prime Minister declared a crackdown on plastic waste, we should take time to consider the many forms pollution can take, including contamination of the environment with pharmaceutical waste.
Read the full article here.
Metrics and Methods for Assessing Antibiotic Use – Roundtable
In late November 2017, the AMR Centre hosted 38 researchers, health and policy professionals in London for a roundtable to discuss how best antibiotic use can be measured in a way that informs strategies to address antibiotic resistance both nationally and internationally.
Read about the roundtable discussion here.
VIDEO | Rise and fall of the magic bullet
AMR Centre member Sam Willcocks walks us through the rise and fall of antibiotics, and shows us why we need to think carefully about how we harness new technology so that we can continue to do good.Watch