Important lessons from COVID-19 battle for war on Antimicrobial Resistance, says think tank

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Uncategorised

  If unchecked, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) will “have the same impact on people’s lives and the economy that COVID-19 is having,” according to former Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, in a new report by the independent think tank, Reform. Whilst the true impact of COVID-19 is not yet fully understood, the pandemic is likely speeding up the risk of AMR. …

Fleming’s granddaughter endorses Scottish funds to cope with a crisis worse than Coronavirus

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

It is a health catastrophe predicted to kill 10 million people by 2050 (1) and has been described by scientists (2) and politicians (3) as worse than COVID-19. But at least those suffering from antibiotic resistant infections such as MRSA and bacterial pneumonia now have a National Lottery funded Patient Support Service, to offer them free advice and encouragement. And …

Roundtable hears – be better prepared for pandemics

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

A Parliamentary discussion heard how we need to be better set-up for the next pandemic – whether it be viral, bacterial, or fungal. Our Chief Executive Professor Colin Garner joined Dr Ron Daniels BEM (Executive Director, The UK Sepsis Trust) at the virtual event, as they told decision-makers that collaboration between medical charities to produce a cohesive policy document was …

Come on chaps, open up on drug-resistant infections

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Men are notoriously reticent to talk about their health, and that mistaken machismo certainly applies to speaking-up about antibiotic resistant infections. But now a new Facebook group offers them the chance to talk freely and confidentially about conditions such as drug-resistant bladder infections and MRSA. PETER GIBSON explains more…  Mental health, sexual health and now it seems, antibiotic resistant infections. …

BLOG – Students learn from Hector and Chelsea and support us as we tackle drug-resistance

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

A fundraising event at the University of Manchester marked the beginning of a partnership between Antibiotic Research UK and students. We hope we can galvanise an entire generation into actively do something about drug resistance. They’re already making great progress with climate change. The word I believe is “serendipity”. The glorious discovery of something positive via chance or accident. I …

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Trustee Board Chair position needs filling – closing date extended to 18 September 2020

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Get involved

If you are interested in helping a small but growing charity fighting to save modern medicine, then we would like to hear from you. We are looking for a Trustee Board Chair to take over from our current interim Chair, Nick Stalbow. We are the world’s first charity dedicated to tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance. Unless we act now, resistance could …

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Sepsis comes into focus at virtual Parliamentary event

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

This September, a timely and topical discussion about potential future pandemics is planned for Government officials. A big killer than cancer, sepsis is one of the topics under discussion at a Parliamentary Roundtable event organised by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The virtual event is scheduled for Monday September 14th. Keeping the debate highly topical, the threat of future pandemics will …

Hector about to start student fundraising for Antibiotic Research UK

Hector hailed as inspiration to student population

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

We are saluting a Wimbledon teenage runner as a role model for student fundraising, and likening him to world-wide environmental campaigner, Greta Thunberg. Hector Revill (17) has been pounding the streets in a daily challenge to complete THIRTY-ONE half-marathons on the bounce and raise cash for us to save modern medicine – and lives. But while his contribution so far …

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1,000-year-old eye salve recipe shows antibiotic activity

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Learn more

Antibiotic Research UK is a charity focussed on finding new treatments for antibiotic-resistant infections. We are always on the lookout for research that might help save modern medicine. We were intrigued to learn of research published in July 2020 by a team of University of Warwick scientists. The project was led by Dr Jessica Furner-Pardoe, whose research focusses on finding …

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John’s testament shows we all have lessons to learn from COVID-19 analysis

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

The Prime Minister recently announced at the dispatch box that a full inquiry will be forthcoming into the management of the COVID-19 crisis. Bolton-based priest Father John Wiseman, is literally living proof of why COVID-19 analysis is pivotal. Early case confusion This most kind-hearted and charitable of clergymen endured a torrid time at the start of the pandemic when bewilderment …

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COVID-19 could be just the “tip of the iceberg” this winter

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

With experts stating that 120,000 people could perish from Coronavirus in the closing months of the year (1), we are warning Britain had better brace itself for another crisis – antibiotic resistant infections. And while hopes are high for a vaccine or an effective treatment for COVID-19, Antibiotic Research UK say the slow-burning problem of AMR shows no sign of …

Dame Sally Davies talking about pharmaceutical investment in antibiotic research

Billion dollar pharma investment – our view

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

The UK’s special envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, Dame Sally Davies, has told the Financial Times that a fund to create 15-20 new antibiotics is “a good start by the pharma industry to make up for their past disinvestment in antibiotics.” Antibiotic Research UK is the only charity solely dedicated to finding new treatments to fight antibiotic resistant infections. We wholeheartedly …

Wet cough study earns more money to investigate antibiotic resistance

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Money from our small grants scheme has enabled Sheffield Children’s Hospital to develop the career of one of health care’s brightest young researchers and improve the treatment of children with chest complaints. A pilot programme examined the effect of antibiotic resistance in children attending hospital outpatient services. This has led to further research funding and could become a game-changer in …

Professor Alison Holmes

Announcing 2020 Annual Lecturer Professor Alison Holmes Imperial College London

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Learn more

We are delighted to announce that the topic for the 2020 Antibiotic Research UK Annual Lecture is ‘Advances in Antimicrobial Optimisation’. It will be given virtually at 2.00pm on Thursday 22 October 2020 by Professor Alison Holmes. World renowned clinical researcher on infectious diseases, Alison is Professor of Infectious Disease, Imperial College, London. Alison has interests in antibiotic use, antibiotic …

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Bubonic plague outbreak in Mongolia – should we be concerned?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Recent reports have highlighted a bubonic plague outbreak in Mongolia. Mention the word “plague” and everyone automatically thinks of the Black Death. The 14th century outbreak killed millions of people across Europe. It has now been reported by the BBC that a single individual in Mongolia has been identified as being infected with the bubonic plague bacterium Yersinia pestis. Chinese …

Merck Sharp and Dohme interview with Antibiotic Research UK

Arlene Brailey our Patient Support service head is interviewed by international pharma company Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD) on her role

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Learn more

Antibiotic Research UK was delighted to be asked by international pharmaceutical giant, Merck, Sharp and Dohme, for an interview. MSD wanted us to describe our patient support activities as part of a MSD series on antibiotic stewardship. Arlene Brailey, head of our Patient Support service, was interviewed by Mark Johnson, MSD on her role in providing help and advice to …

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Why this charity is far from spent, despite the funding crisis

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Lockdown has meant the cancellation of face-to-face fundraising events, contributing to a widespread charity funding crisis. Allied to donors having less money in their pockets and even grants boards being unable to meet. This has resulted in the most difficult time for charity fundraisers since the economic crash of 2008. But, Antibiotic Research UK’s fundraising team has a tenacious leader …

Should the boomers be the most dead-icated to beating resistance?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Boomer fundraising work from a bunch of brilliant Grateful Dead fans has got us thinking. It’s prompted our communication specialist and erstwhile indie musician Peter Gibson, to ask if more support should stem from the flower power generation. They’re the biggest beneficiaries of antibiotics – so can they do more to help our research?   “Every generation likes to lay claim …

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Shame on the world for not combating bladder infections

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Speaking openly about having a urinary tract infection is embarrassing for many people. Yet they afflict around a fifth of the female population and are prone to coming back, again. They are also extremely painful. Jodie Christie from Antibiotic Research UK’s patient support service explains why quack cures should be ignored and new drugs to replace our ageing antibiotics are …

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Newly announced UK Government antibiotic reimbursement scheme welcomed – but will it be enough?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

The UK Government has announced a new antibiotic reimbursement scheme. They say that it’s a “pioneering scheme to provide new antibiotics to NHS patients by offering to pay pharmaceutical companies upfront for their work will start this week.” Here is the reaction of our chief executive Professor Colin Garner, to the scheme: “Antibiotic resistance is an increasing problem around the …