Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, speaks at Antibiotic Research UK’s 2017 Annual Lecture 2017

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Antibiotic Research UK held its 2017 Annual Lecture this month, with a keynote speech from Dame Sally Davies. The Chief Medical Officer’s talk in the Attlee Room of Portcullis House, Westminster, focused on her journey from her first publication on AMR in 2011, to the current state of antibiotic resistance. Dame Sally’s talk also sounded a call to action in …

Royal Pharmaceutical Society launches campaign to raise awareness of AMR

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has recently launched a major new campaign to raise awareness of the importance of antimicrobial stewardship amongst pharmacists. RPS is encouraging pharmacists to play a much greater role in national and local action plans to tackle AMR, building on examples of good practice around the country to ensure a robust evidence-based approach to the use …

Professor Christine Bond, Trustee at Antibiotic Research UK, meets the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland

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Trustee for ANTRUK and pharmacist at the University of Aberdeen, Professor Christine Bond, spoke recently with Rose Marie Parr, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland, about Scotland’s current strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and plans for tackling AMR in the future. As Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Rose Marie provides professional leadership to NHS pharmaceutical care in Scotland and policy NHS pharmaceutical …

Response to Llewellyn et al paper – ‘The antibiotic course has had its day’ in the British Medical Journal

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Much media interest has arisen from the publication of a paper by Dr Martin Llewellyn and colleagues in the British Medical Journal in which they propose that the duration of antibiotic treatment can, in many cases, be shortened. The authors argue, with little evidence, that failing to complete a prescribed antibiotic course contributes to antibiotic resistance, and that policy makers, educators …

Kevin Hollinrake MP: Q&A on antibiotic resistance

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Antibiotic Research UK has been working closely over the past few years with Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, on raising the issue of antibiotic resistance with government and ministers, as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a cause which he feels strongly about. This month, ANTRUK sat down with Kevin Hollinrake MP, to discuss AMR, and what can be done …

Tender documents released to carry out a second phase of research on antibiotic resistance breakers

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Following a highly successful first phase, Antibiotic Research UK is gearing up to begin the second phase of its research programme into Antibiotic Resistance Breakers (ARBs). Tender documents have now been released, and the charity is currently accepting applications from the scientific community for the next stage of its research. In ANTRUK’s first major research programme, researchers succeeded in identifying …

Antibiotic Research UK in the news

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Over the last month, Antibiotic Research UK has been appearing in the news, with both Professor Colin Garner, chief executive at ANTRUK, and Emily Morris, an ANTRUK ambassador, featuring in interviews and news articles. Towards the end of May, Professor Garner was interviewed for the Pharmaceutical Journal, with regards to G20 health leaders meeting in Berlin and signing a declaration …

“Resistance” – An Excellent Drama and an Eerie Warning

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Val McDermid’s radio play Resistance, broadcast on Radio 4, with lead actor Gina McKee, concluded last Friday on a chilling note. Her calculated vision of a world beset with a lethal bacterium immune to antibiotics not only carried a compelling story, but also engaged with the core elements of the debate on AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance). The origins of the outbreak, …