How research in UK is progressing to tackle AMR

How research in UK is progressing to tackle AMR

  • 24/02/2019

In Mid-February, the UKRI Cross-Council AMR Initiative hosted a parliamentary panel highlighted the importance of research to tackle AMR.

The UKRI Cross-Council AMR Initiative and Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and member of the Science and Technology Committee (Commons), hosted a parliamentary panel and Q&A on 13 Feb: “Antimicrobial Resistance: How Research is Tackling the Challenge”. Event attendees including researchers, policymakers, parliamentarians, industry figures and funders, heard from a leading panel of AMR researchers reflecting the ‘One Health’ approach to tackling AMR, and discussed research progress, outstanding research priorities and what is needed to enable research and innovation to deliver a step-change in tackling AMR.

The UK AMR 20-year vision and five-year plan (2019-2024), which was published in January, outlines how the UK will continue to make substantial, tangible progress towards preventing the spread and improving treatments for superbugs. UKRI councils, acting through the MRC-led UKRI Cross-Council AMR Initiative, informed and shaped the ‘One Health’ plan for research and innovation, which acts as a central thread throughout the vision and five-year plan. The ‘One Health’ approach to tackling AMR spans humans, animals, food and the environment, working at a local, regional, national and international level in a collaborative and transdisciplinary manner to achieve optimal health outcomes.

The UKRI Cross-Council AMR Initiative supports this approach by working across eight out of nine UKRI councils (MRC, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, NERC and STFC). This involves collaborating on a global scale through the Joint Programming Initiative on AMR (JPIAMR) and other bi-lateral partnerships and coordinating national AMR research through the UK AMR Funders Forum, which brings together 21 research funders, including UKRI councils, government departments, devolved administrations and charities, to improve coordination of research and cooperation between funders.

During the event a report has been released, showcasing major academic research activities currently ongoing in UK.

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