UCL Students for Global Health Short Course on antimicrobial resistance

On the 14th of November, the UCL Students for Global Health Short Course on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) started, led by Professors from UCL and LSHTM.  With the captivating title “Back to the future”, the first lecture of this free, four-part series was given by Professor Andrew Hayward, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health […]

Spotlight 05/02/18 | Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS)

This week, the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS) published their report: (Early Implementation 2016-17) detailing the participation efforts and initial outcomes across the 52 countries currently enrolled. Glass was launched in October 2015 to support the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance. Official national AMR data are collated for Acinetobacter spp., Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. […]

Spotlight 29/01/18 | 2018 Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark

Amid other happenings at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Access to Medicines Foundation released the new 2018 Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark. This new index is billed as “the first independent and public tool for measuring how pharmaceutical companies are responding to AMR.” The Antimicrobial Benchmark assesses 30 pharmaceutical companies, including those with […]

A global study reveals new TB mutations that could transform tests for drug resistance

By: Taane Clark, Professor of Genomics and Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Ruth McNerney from the University of Cape Town The emergence of resistance to drugs used to treat the airborne disease tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most urgent health crises facing mankind. Already the world’s number one killer […]

Spotlight 22/01/18 | Conflict and AMR

A recent visit to the headquarters of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) in Cairo highlighted the destabilising effect of conflict on the utility and distribution of antimicrobials. The Region, stretching from Morocco to Pakistan, and including Somalia, though excluding South Sudan, Turkey and Israel, is extraordinarily complex in political terms, and faces serious […]

Short course | AMR: a multidisciplinary approach

Overview This 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. Course dates: 16 – 20 July 2018 At the Sixty-eighth […]

Ethics and AMR conference in Gothenburg

If you’re wondering how antibiotics have become part of our social and material infrastructure, you can watch Dr Clare Chandler speak about her paper, ‘What is care in the wake of antibiotics? Experiences of global health in low resource settings’ as part of the Ethics and AMR conference in Gothenburg.

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

The Science Museum’s exhibit on “Superbugs: the Fight for our Lives”, advised by AMR Centre members, is on-going.   19–20 March 2018. EFFORT: Metagenomics workshop. EFFORT Partners under the lead of DTU are offering a training course on the use of metagenomics for AMR surveillance. The training will consist of two components, starting with an online course […]

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 […]