Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched

[Source: Lancet] Officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 31st Jan 2017, the Africa CDC is Africa’s first continent-wide public health agency, and it will be headed by John Nkengasong, who worked for more than 20 years for the US CDC. The aim of the Africa CDC will be to establish early warning and response […]

AMR Centre Student Liaison Officers appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of four Student Liaison Officers to the AMR Centre. The four MSc students are Emily Kelly, Louise Tangermann, Priyanka Shrestha and Simone Fukuda. They will support the Centre by liaising between the staff and student bodies at LSHTM, performing a communication role in relation to AMR events and research. […]

New weapon in the global fight against fake malaria drugs: a cheap scanner

The Guardian – Monday 20 February 2017 17.00 GMT Last modified on Monday 20 February 2017 20.03 GMT Like a TV remote, a device known as Scio uses infrared light and connects to a smartphone to determine whether medications are genuine. A man waits to be tested for malaria in Debarq, Ethiopia. A relatively cheap […]

BLOG: Animals for Antibiotic Research

A post by AMR Centre researcher Sam Willcocks on the Longitude Prize blog.

Funding call: Understanding the challenge of resistance in agriculture

  BBSRC: Understanding the challenge of resistance in agriculture The aim of this highlight call is to stimulate innovative research to understand and help address the development in weeds, pests, parasites or pathogens of resistance to agents used for countering them. [Link]

Funding call: Longitude Prize Discovery Awards

    The Discovery Awards are small seed grants to help teams and individuals further develop their ideas for the Longitude Prize. This seed funding aims to help registered teams move their ideas forward, as well as to broaden the range of innovators competing for the Prize by encouraging new teams to enter the race. [Link] […]

Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2018: Call for Abstracts

  The Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2018 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 January – 3 February 2018. The theme for PMAC 2018 is “Making the World Safe from the Threats of Emerging Infectious Diseases”. The abstract submission for PMAC 2018 is now open and will close on March 31, 2017 at 4.00 PM (Thailand local […]

First recorded cases of frontline malaria drug failing to treat UK patients

New parasite strains hinting at potential drug resistance are a warning for Africa. A drug which is highly effective at treating malaria and commonly used in the UK, failed to cure four patients who contracted the disease while visiting Africa, according to new research published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The UK patients, who all recovered […]

Rapid diagnostic tests for targeting antimicrobial treatment

In many countries, the majority of antimicrobials are acquired outside of the formal health sector, from small shops and informal providers. The appeal to include these shops in stewardship campagins is strong. However, a qualitative study published this week by anthropologist Eleanor Hutchinson and colleagues at LSHTM adds a note of caution on the complexities […]

BLOG: It’s in the genes AKA Genetic determinants of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and where to find them

A post written by Dr. Sam Willcocks is now live on the Longitude Prize’s blog. Read it here. Sam is Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) investigating novel antimicrobials and virulence factors. Sam is also the lead for biological and pharmacological sciences within LSHTM’s AMR Centre.  The Longitude Prize is a […]