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 […]

LIDC Podcast | What is antibiotic resistance and why is it a serious global threat?

This episode of the London International Development Centre’s Podcast, ‘Development Matters’ explores antibiotic resistance with Dr Clare Chandler (Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dr. Lucy Brunton (Lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College). Listen here!

Seminar report | How to make resistance-proof antibiotics (LSHTM, 16 November 2017 – Dr Luiz Pedro Carvalho)

One of the big challenges for tackling antimicrobial resistance is the lack of new antibiotics in the development pipeline. When investigating or selecting new compounds to take forward into pre-clinical and clinical development, it will be important to select drugs that are likely to have a long shelf life – i.e. ones that will delay […]

The Third Man: How are we entwined with antimicrobials today?

Please note this blog contains spoilers   By Vinesh Patel   In the world of film – as in the world of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – perhaps not all is as it first seems. If you had told me, “Let’s see a black and white thriller from 1949” a month ago, I may not have […]

‘Superbugs and the Role of Diagnostics – Longitude Prize 3rd Anniversary’

By Daria Tserkovnaya Tuesday 14 November, during World Antibiotic Awareness Week, marked the third anniversary of the Longitude Prize and has attracted 250 participants from over 40 countries worldwide. Taking place at Nesta, London and hosted by TV GP, Dr Zoe Williams, the event was attended by a number of Longitude Prize competitors with promising developments […]

Celebrating World Antibiotic Awareness Week with a new Student Liaison Officer team

Happy World Antibiotic Awareness Week everyone! Is this an event to celebrate? On the one hand, maybe not. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest challenges facing public health professionals right now and will likely continue to be so for many years to come. Our ability to treat common infectious diseases is under threat from […]

Routine genomic surveillance of MRSA can detect unsuspected outbreaks

The first complete picture of MRSA spread within and between hospitals, GPs surgeries and communities in the east of England, has been revealed through genomic surveillance. Conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and published in Science Translational Medicine, the research has important implications for infection control. […]