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18 – 24 June 2018

 

This week’s AMR Centre Newsletter was compiled by Heidi Hopkins, head of the Clinical and Veterinary Sciences pillar.

Spotlight 

FIEBRE launches first two study sites

The past few weeks, members of the FIEBRE study collaboration have been working together to begin study activities at the first two sites: Harare, Zimbabwe, with colleagues from the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI), and Chikwawa, Malawi, with the Malawi–Wellcome Trust team.

FIEBRE’s primary objectives are to identify the leading infectious causes of fever among patients at five sites across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia; and to determine the prevalence and spectrum of antimicrobial resistance among bacteria isolated from these patients. Fever is one of the most common symptoms leading to health care seeking and hospital admission in areas represented by FIEBRE study sites. However, many febrile illnesses present with non-specific symptoms and signs, a challenge for health care workers that is compounded by limited availability of diagnostic tools. As a result, treatable infections may be missed, or treated with inappropriate antimicrobials, on the one hand; and on the other hand, self-limiting conditions (e.g. many viral illnesses) may be over-treated with antimicrobials on the other – all with implications for the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Read more.

As well as using the links above, you can keep up to date with the study by following @FeverStudies on Twitter.

Seminar | Discovery of Bedaquiline – New drug for drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Co-hosted by the AMR and TB Centre 

Speaker: Dr Anil Koul
Department of Antimicrobial Research Janssen R&D, Belgium
Chair: Prof Brendan Wren
Date: 25 June 2018
Time: 12:45 pm
Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street

News: LSHTM

New Release | ‘World Health Assembly of AMR Control 2018’

The preview edition of the annual World Health Assembly of AMR Control has been released, which brings together contributors from around the world to monitor and analyse the challenge of AMR.

The contents can be found here, which includes a section on ‘Anthropology’s Contribution to AMR Control‘, from AMR Centre Co-Director, Clare Chandler.

You can also register for one of a limited number of free copies of the book.

Events: LSHTM

The AMR Centre lunchtime seminar series

AMR Centre Seminars are usually on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:45.
Please visit the Events page on our website for more information.
Upcoming seminars:

Missed a seminar?

Recordings of some of our past seminars can be accessed through the links below:

Related events

27 June 2018. London Molecular Parasitology Club Meeting | Exploiting parasite weaknesses & drug resistance. Terry Smith (University of St Andrews, UK) and Marcus Lee (Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK) will be talking about ‘Exploiting parasite weaknesses in lipid and associated metabolism’ and ‘Exploiting drug resistance to identify antimalarial targets’.

16 – 20 July 2018. AMR Centre Short course AMR: a multidisciplinary approachThis course equips delegates with the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to understand and respond to the complex threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The course learning reflects a One Health perspective that incorporates multiple disciplines, multiple sectors and national and international level considerations. Apply here

10 September 2018. Fresh perspectives: Social Research on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) will bring together researchers who are attending to ‘the social’ in AMR, including anthropologists, sociologists, historians, geographers, artists, philosophers and other related scholars. While many are engaged in productive interdisciplinary work within their every day research, this symposium presents an opportunity for concentration on disciplinary work within the social sciences and humanities. Formulated as a work-in-progress event, we hope attendees will exchange ideas about approaches and theory that have been developed and applied in their on-going social research on AMR.

Events: External

The Science Museum’s exhibit on “Superbugs: the Fight for our Lives”, advised by AMR Centre members, is on-going.

21–22 June 2018. Focused Meeting 2018: Microbes and Mucosal Surfaces (University College Dublin). This meeting aims to bring together microbiologists in Ireland, the UK and further afield working on both bacteria and viruses that live at mucosal surfaces to share their knowledge and expertise and promote collaboration. Poster abstract closed.

22–25 June 2018. 5th International OneHealth Conference. The 5th International One Health Congress is the world’s premier conference for the worldwide One Health community. Join the congress organizers, Prof. Ab Osterhaus and Prof. John Mackenzie, and One Health advocates from all over the globe in Saskatoon for four days of lectures, debates, workshops and symposia. Online abstract submission closed.

27 June 2018. Antibiotic Guardian Conference and Awards 2018. The National Conference will provide guidance, resources and information for practitioners on topics associated with antibiotic awareness and stewardship. The Antibiotic Guardian Awards on the same day will provide an opportunity to recognise and reward best-practice within Antibiotic Stewardship across the UK and Europe. This event will be held at Marriott Hotel, Regents Park, London.

2 July 2018. Focused Meeting 2018: Emerging Zoonoses and AMR (University of Surrey, UK). Key topics covered will be: novel and emerging antimicrobial resistance in animals and humans; emerging technologies for detecting and tracking pathogens and AMR; new and emerging viral, bacterial and parasitic infections of animals and humans; understanding global reservoirs of zoonotic diseases. Registration is closed.

4 July 2018. The Mould that Changed the World. Alexander Fleming’s death-defying worldly-wonder antibiotic drugs have saved us for the last 90 years. But bacterial resistance is growing, doomsday approaches. What better way to fight back than with a musical of epic proportions? Come along on Wednesday 4 July, 19:00 to the IMAX Theatre, The Science Museum, London.
You can visit our website for further external events that you might find of interest.

Publications: LSHTM

The growth and strategic functioning of One Health networks: a systematic analysis
Khan MSRothman-Ostrow PSpencer J, Hasan N, Sabirovic M, Rahman-Shepherd A, Shaikh N, Heymann DL, Dar O.
Lancet Planet Health 2018; 2(6):e264-e273 PubMed

Balancing benefits and risks of antibiotic use
Flasche SAtkins KE.
J Infect Dis 2018; (): PubMed

Please visit our website for a full list of publications.

Publications: External

Prevalence of antibiotic resistance in commensal Escherichia coli among the children in rural hill communities of Northeast India
Singh AK, Das S, Singh S, Gajamer VR, Pradhan N, Lepcha YD, Tiwari HK.
PLoS One. 2018 Jun 18;13(6):e0199179. PubMed

Submitting a grant application?

We’d love to hear from you

If you have applied for, or won, a grant award related to AMR research, please do let us know. We’d love to hear from you so that we can celebrate the hard work of our members. You can email us on: AMR@lshtm.ac.uk

Funding opportunities

Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) Small Research Grant

ANTRUK invites researchers to apply for a grant under our Small Research Grants scheme (maximum sum per grant = £4,000pa for up to three years). Grants should focus on 1) antibiotic resistance or 2) new antibiotic therapies or 3) health and societal impact of antibiotic resistance and how it could be avoided.

Deadline: 30 June 2018

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Please contact the Strategic Research Office for help and advice on applying for funding.

For further information on the above and other AMR funding schemes, see our website.