Research

Interdisciplinary teams vital to beating Antimicrobial Resistance

27/07/2017

An international meeting in July on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) brought together award holders supported by the Research Councils initiative on AMR and the wider national and international stakeholders interested in AMR. Researchers from diverse disciplines engaged in discussions around the importance of truly interdisciplinary approaches to tackle the global challenge of AMR.

The two-day interactive event provided an opportunity to discuss successes as well as challenges faced by the AMR researchers. Delegates also had the chance to further develop their interdisciplinary research agendas and prioritise areas of research opportunity from understanding the drivers of resistance to modelling complex ecological processes and learning from existing interventions.

Sir John Savill opened the first day telling delegates that if it hadn’t been for antibiotics he would most likely have had his leg amputated and his son could well have died.

The second day of the meeting heard from England’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, who called AMR a ‘wicked problem’ and re-emphasised her commitment to tackling AMR while praising the work the research councils were supporting nationally and internationally.  The event was a good opportunity for the Research Councils to launch two upcoming interdisciplinary Newton calls on AMR with India and China.  

Sir John Savill opens the event highlighting the global burden of AMR