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. A recently published article (E. Rosi et al. Urban stream microbial communities show resistance to pharmaceutical exposure. Ecosphere, 2018 DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2041) notes […]

External events coming up

17 January 2018. ‘Social Science, AMR and Diagnostics in Global Health’ Public Lecture at Edinburgh University by Dr. Clare Chandler. Register now for lecture, launch of , and networking lunch. 29 January – 3 February 2018. Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC), Bangkok, Thailand. Themed ‘Making the World Safe from the Threats of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ the programme will focus […]

Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management

Also in November, the impressive Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research, CARe, at the University of Gothenburg held a symposium on Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research. The premise for the conference was that ethics and value conflicts are at the centre of the AMR challenge. The conference aimed to articulate […]

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. This is a major challenge across different settings given the variety of antibiotics […]

Call for Papers | AJLM Special Issue on African laboratories in antimicrobial resistance surveillance

Submissions deadline: January 31, 2018 Projected publication date: October 2018 The African Journal of Laboratory Medicine (AJLM) is pleased to announce a special issue on the role of African laboratories in antimicrobial resistance surveillance.  Surveillance is critical to estimating the burden from the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance, as well as to formulating and guiding interventions.  A […]

Seminar report | Resistant microbes and precarious lives: aquaculture health practices and their social and material determinants

Keeping up with AMR seems to expand my knowledge of the world like few other things. Yet another “did you know?” moment came when I attended a seminar the AMR Centre arranged, which discussed research looking at AMR and aquaculture in Bangladesh. I was informed of a salient fact that 60% of our seafood comes […]

Spotlight | Taxing turkeys for AMR?

As festive times draw near, the Spotlight is on turkeys. For many families, the turkey is the centrepiece of a Christmas feast. However, as with other meat products mass produced via intensive farming systems, turkeys on the dinner table have been subjected to significant use of antibiotics for disease control and growth promotion. Pointing out […]

Spotlight | What are mathematical modellers doing about AMR?

Last week, over 400 mathematical modellers of infectious disease dynamics met for the biennial conference, Epidemics. This year, for the first time, there were two sessions on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). There was also a plenary by Marc Bonten, which focused on whether there really is any evidence for the spread of AMR from livestock to […]

LIDC Podcast | What is antibiotic resistance and why is it a serious global threat?

This episode of the London International Development Centre’s Podcast, ‘Development Matters’ explores antibiotic resistance with Dr Clare Chandler (Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dr. Lucy Brunton (Lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College). Listen here!

Seminar report | How to make resistance-proof antibiotics (LSHTM, 16 November 2017 – Dr Luiz Pedro Carvalho)

One of the big challenges for tackling antimicrobial resistance is the lack of new antibiotics in the development pipeline. When investigating or selecting new compounds to take forward into pre-clinical and clinical development, it will be important to select drugs that are likely to have a long shelf life – i.e. ones that will delay […]