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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. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]