Interdisciplinary teams vital to beating AMR, says summer conference
Researchers supported by the Research Councils’ initiative on AMR came together at an international meeting this summer together with 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, Chief Executive of the MRC, 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.
Naomi Beaumont, Senior Portfolio Manager at the ESRC said: “It was great to see the range of academic disciplines engaged in AMR from both UK and global settings coming together under one roof to explore areas of research and funding opportunities. There was a real sense of community and shared purpose, which is so vital if we’re to find solution for AMR.”
Presentations and posters from the event are available below: