Spotlight 25/11/19 | Biting back – could two new compounds slow the spread of mosquitoes’ resistance to insecticides?

Globally, malaria deaths halved between 2000 and 2015. This was primarily achieved through the mass distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets. However, according to the most recent World Health Organization global report mosquitoes have developed resistance to the four main classes of insecticides commonly used for their control across all WHO regions with ongoing malaria transmission.

Spotlight 11/11/19 | Film Screening for WAAW

This year’s WAAW is rapidly approaching! It will be held form 18-24 November and to prepare for it, we will be hosting a film screening and panel discussion on Thursday 14th November.

Spotlight 14/10/19 – World Bank Publication: Pulling Together to Beat Superbugs

A team of authors from the World Bank, supported by an external board of experts and representatives of the UN-convened tripartite on AMR (from WHO, FAO, and OIE), examined a range of antimicrobial use cases, regulatory frameworks, and knowledge gaps to develop a clearer vision of the terrain for future intervention in antimicrobial use and […]

Spotlight 16/09/19 – All Eyes on a News Subscription Model for Antibiotic Development

Regular readers of the AMR Centre Newsletter may remember that in January 2018, we reported on the UK government’s announcement that – as one of several measures to support new strategies to combat AMR – a novel economic model was being considered. The idea was to uncouple profit from volume of antibiotics sold in order […]

Spotlight 02/09/19 | AMR Communication & Monitoring

AMR Communication This week we had another reminder of the importance of AMR communication. After Dame Sally Davies’ interview to raise awareness of AMR on Sky News, we saw them run with a headline that AMR could ‘kill us before climate change does’, picked up by the Daily Express with a headline that ‘Antibiotics could […]

Spotlight 22/07/19 | Prof Chris Whitty, lecture on AMR in LMICs

Last week, LSHTM hosted a lecture on AMR in low and middle income countries (LMICs) from Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Health and Social Care, and who from October will be the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, and the UK Government’s Chief Medical Adviser. With all available seats taken, […]

Spotlight 10/06/19 | The role of tech in AMR diagnostics

Last month, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced an award of US$1.3m from the Google Artificial Intelligence Impact Challenge to its innovation entity, the MSF Foundation, in order to develop a smartphone app to help AMR diagnosis in low-resource settings. The app – titled ASTapp – assists in interpreting antibiograms (tabular or pictorial representations of […]

Spotlight 27/05/19 | There must be something in the water…

A new global study coordinated by the University of York and set to be reported at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Helsinki on 27 and 28 May, has identified antibiotics in 65% of all rivers tested. The authors looked for the presence of 14 different antibiotics in some […]

Spotlight 13/05/19 | Antimicrobials before antibiotics: war, peace, and disinfectants

This week saw the publication of an article I have been eagerly awaiting – Hannah Landecker’s latest paper on AMR, in our ‘Anti-biosis’ collection with Palgrave. After Hannah’s landmark paper on the ‘Antibiotic Resistance and the Biology of History’ in which she delves into detailed accounts of AMR from different scientific disciplines and up-ends our […]

AMR Education Challenge Contest

AMR Education Challenge Contest Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major concern in healthcare today. The continuous misuse of antibiotics contributes significantly to this problem. This reduces the efficacy of antibiotics, limits treatment options, and places a serious burden on healthcare systems across the world. Development of new antibiotic drugs is dwindling with increasing rates of […]