Antimicrobial resistance research in Edinburgh
Research across Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is contributing solutions to beat the global crisis in antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is increasingly recognised as one of the greatest threats to global healthcare with substantial societal and economic impact evidenced by reports and action plans published by major national and international bodies, including the World Health Organisation.
AMR is one of the most important issues currently facing the world, and we recognise that Edinburgh scientists and clinicians have a key role to play in addressing this truly global challenge.
As examples to tackle AMR, UK launched the O'Neill Commission, the US launched a National Strategy on Combatting Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria in 2014 and India published the Chennai Declaration: A roadmap to tackle the challenge of antimicrobial resistance.
There is no magic bullet for solving the AMR crisis, no single measure will be sufficient. What is needed is an integrated, multi-disciplinary, science-led approach that addresses issues ranging from diagnostics to drug development to global governance. This is also a One Health problem, requiring coordination across the human, animal and environmental sectors. The University of Edinburgh is exceptionally well placed to meet this challenge; we have world class researchers covering many of the disciplines relevant to AMR. Working together, we believe we can make a real difference in this hugely important area.
New UK five year action plan for AMR in 2019
In January 2019 the UK Government published their 20 year vision for addressing AMR, and their action plan for 2019 - 2024.
Find details of both policy papers below.
In Edinburgh we are pursuing five main research themes
We have recently carried out a strategic review of AMR research across Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, and are now moving forward in four key AMR-related research areas, which have existing and potential for excellence in Edinburgh.
We have also identified an AMR Champion and theme leaders to promote our science, co-ordinate activities and leading funding applications to continue developing our activities.
The themes and their leaders are described below.