Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Inspiring innovation in AMR research through interdisciplinary and international engagements.

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:

The aims of the AMR Centre are:

  1. Promote and facilitate high quality research into AMR that builds on and exploits disciplinary strengths across LSHTM.
  2. Facilitate AMR related funding responses and collaboration opportunities.
  3. Provide an interface for LSHTM’s AMR research for staff, public, press and wider research communities.
  4. Provide educational materials on AMR.

The AMR Centre responds to the IACG consultation

The AMR Centre acts as a hub of collaboration and networking for AMR researchers across the School and beyond. We recently got together to discuss the papers produced by the Interagency Coordination Group (IACG), which is due to report to the United Nations Secretary-General in 2019. Our comments and recommendations were summarised in a document which we submitted as part of the open consultation on the papers.

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Can active case detection help to eliminate multidrug resistant malaria in Cambodia?

The spread of resistance of P. falciparum malaria parasites to artemisinins is one of the biggest threats to global malaria control and elimination, and has the potential to result in millions of deaths, mainly in African children.    Cambodia, which is at the epicentre of antimalarial drug resistant malaria, declared a goal of eliminating malaria by 2025.  However there are lots of questions about how to achieve this operationally.

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Spotlight 06/08/2018 Interagency Coordination Group – AMR discussion papers open for feedback

Due to report to the United Nations Secretary-General in 2019, the Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on AMR aims ‘to provide practical guidance for approaches needed to ensure sustained effective global action to address antimicrobial resistance’. In seeking to do so, the IACG has been consulting with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). It has looked at public awareness and communication, the production of National Action Plans on AMR, optimisation and innovation, access, governance, surveillance and monitoring, and alignment with SDGs.

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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.

AMR resources

ABU on Farms
The AACTING Consortium has published Guidelines for the collection, analysis and reporting of farm-level antimicrobial use, in the scope of antimicrobial stewardship.
Stewardship Book
BSAC has published a new free e-book on Antimicrobial Stewardship. The book “provides a GLOBAL and highly PRACTICAL primer on the wise use of ANTIBIOTICS by applying the principles of stewardship to a wide range of professions, populations, and clinical/care settings”

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.