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 […]

Spotlight 30/7/2018 Monitoring and Evaluation of the Global Action Plan on AMR

When they endorsed the 2015 Global Action plan on AMR, all World Health Organisation (WHO) Member States committed to the ambitious target of developing a multisectoral national action plan within two years. Last week, the WHO, World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations jointly published the findings […]

Spotlight 23/07/2018 LSHTM AMR Short Course

The inaugural LSHTM AMR Short Course ran last week and was a terrific week of learning for our participants from around the globe. The course was true to its multidisciplinary objectives, reflecting our AMR Centre’s strengths. Students heard from leading researchers of the latest science on AMR from microbiology, pharmacology, economics, anthropology, law, genomics, clinical medicine, veterinary […]

SYMPOSIUM | Mass Drug Administration and Antimicrobial Resistance, Feb 2019

We are pleased to announce that the LSHTM AMR Centre, together with the MARCH and Malaria Centres will jointly hold the Mass Drug Administration and Antimicrobial Resistance Symposium in Keppel Street, LSHTM on 20 February 2019.   Mass Drug Administration is an intervention proposed to reduce morbidity and mortality of entire populations. While this holds promise […]

Spotlight 16/07/2018 ‘It’s coming home’

Recently there has been an increase in interest in a ‘new’ STI that is being hyped as the next new ‘superbug. We have known about Mycoplasma genitalium (aka MG or MGen) since 1980[2] when it was identified at St Mary’s Hospital.  Mgen can cause urethritis (swelling and irritation of the urethra) in men, and has […]

Spotlight 09/07/2018 Antibiotic innovation: coming home?

Antibiotic innovation: coming home? Imagine we have a time machine to take us back to the wondrous 1960s. It was a time when England won its first World Cup, and most importantly, the peak of the ‘golden age’ of antibiotic discovery. By then, more than 20 new classes of antibiotics were marketed [1] and about […]

Spotlight 02/07/2018 | $2 million grant has been received by a research team looking at new strategies to improve antibiotic dispensing in Indonesia

The Australian Government’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security have granted $2 million to a research team made up of academics from Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as university partners in Indonesia, allowing further research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Indonesia to take place. This mixed […]

Spotlight 25/06/18 | Some shower thoughts on resistance…

…an additive of many toothpastes, hand washes and – yes – shower gels, has been shown in a new study to elicit resistance. Non-antibiotic, antimicrobial (NAAM) chemicals had already been linked with the development of resistant bacteria. For example, bacteria with reduced susceptibility to triclosan (a NAAM used in hand-wash) were previously found to have […]

Spotlight 18/06/18 | 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 […]

Spotlight 11/06/18 | Antibiotic resistance and local temperature

A recently-published letter to Nature Climate Change highlighted how crises produced by anthropogenic climate change and antimicrobial resistance might conceivably converge, redrawing geographies of resistance and treatment failure, and adducing potential correspondences with ecosystemic threats. The letter outlines the development of a database of antibiotic resistance patterns in the continental USA, relating to specific infection […]