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 […]

Spotlight 06/05/19 | Scientology not as good as vaccinations in the fight against measles…

Scientology not as good as vaccinations in the fight against measles… Recently there has been a lot of talk around vaccines in the news that has peaked my attention, not least probably due to the recent World Immunization Week 2019 and the recent malaria vaccine trial. I am sure most of you are very pro vaccines how […]

Spotlight 17/12/18: Point-of-care C-reactive protein testing on antibiotic prescription in febrile patients attending primary care in SE Asia

This week saw the publication in the Lancet Global Health of an important trial conducted in Thailand and Myanmar, with the objective of exploring whether C-reactive protein (CRP) testing at the point-of-care could rationalise antibiotic prescription in primary health care settings (1). A reduction of 5% was recorded between the intervention and control group. We […]

WHO Call: Developing guidance for countries on an appropriate and useful antimicrobial resistance (AMR) monitoring framework

RFP: Developing guidance for countries on an appropriate and useful antimicrobial resistance (AMR) monitoring framework The purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to enter a contrctual agreement with a successful bidder and select a suitable contractor to develop guidance for low – and middle income countries on monitoring progress in addressing antimicrobial resistance […]

JPIAMR Joint Transnational Call 2019

Diagnostics and Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance This call will fund joint transnational research projects addressing the development of diagnostic and surveillance tools, technologies and methods to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Projects should address the diagnosis of AMR infections in clinical and veterinary settings, or the surveillance of AMR in humans, animals and the environment. The […]

Optimising antibiotic use in hospitals internationally

The University of Leicester is organising an interdisciplinary workshop on “Theory and practice in optimising antibiotic use in hospitals internationally”. The workshop builds on findings from a multinational qualitative study on the use of broad spectrum antibiotics for acute medical patients in hospitals in the UK, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and discusses antibiotic stewardship […]