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Antibiotic Research UK, coronavirus (COVID-19), bacterial infection and antibiotic resistance

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Research

We are just at the beginning of what might become one of the world’s biggest viral pandemic ever seen. Every day that goes by we are hearing more and more about the impact of this flu pandemic. Why is it happening? Will it go away? How many people will die? Will I get infected? How can I protect myself and …

Sepsis comes into focus at virtual Parliamentary event

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

A big killer than cancer, Sepsis is one of the topics under discussion at a Parliamentary Roundtable event organised by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer – Monday September 14th. Keeping the debate highly topical, the threat of future pandemics will be examined with parliamentarians, peers and the pharmaceutical industry presenting. That impressive array of speakers includes the UK’s AMR Tsar, Dame …

Hector hailed as inspiration to student population

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

We are saluting a Wimbledon teenage runner as a role model for his peers to follow, 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 …

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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 …

Dexamethasone for COVID-19 patients

Dexamethasone: evidence-based treatment for hospitalised COVID-19 patients

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Often, new diseases are treated using existing medicines for other conditions. This allows us to move more quickly than if we were to develop and test a new treatment, but with so many possible candidates the process must be based in science. Dexamethasone use for COVID-19 patients shows this process at its best. In a previous article we explored the …

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Health outcomes for people from BAME communities

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd in America, have shone a much-needed spotlight on some of the issues that disproportionately affect health outcomes for people from BAME communities. Research has consistently shown that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds experience worse health outcomes than Caucasian people do – in a wide …

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 …

Hydroxychloroquine – how the principles of clinical pharmacology seem to have been ignored

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

This anti-malarial drug has been making headlines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet it is not an effective treatment. So why has it received so much attention, and what can we learn from it? As the true extent of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent and scientists scrambled to find a treatment, one familiar name seemed to stand out …

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UK Grateful Dead rock fan leads other Deadheads around the world to raise funds for Antibiotic Research UK

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Chris J, a lifelong Grateful Dead rock fan writes: ‘I run an internet-group for, as we refer to ourselves, Deadheads. Last November we had to virtually relocate our group to a new service provider – and it required a payment of $220 to do so. I solicited funds from group members and we raised the necessary funds. Once we’d reached …

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Will antibiotic standards in farming be negatively impacted by the Agriculture Bill?

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Learn more

At the time of writing, a bill is making its way through Parliament called the Agriculture Bill. If passed, it could alter Britain’s current food and agriculture standards detrimentally. The well-known chef Jamie Oliver has written an open letter to the Prime Minister expressing his grave concerns. He believes that the new Bill will negatively impact the nation’s health as …

Jill who wants to tackle antibiotic resistance

How Hong Kong made Jill want to tackle antibiotic resistance

Peter Gibson Coronavirus COVID-19

Seeing antibiotics dispensed without prescription in Hong Kong made Jill Rogers aware of antibiotic resistance – as far back as the 1970s. Now, the prospect of taking the drugs every day has prompted Jill to join our ranks. Read her say on what should be done to tackle antibiotic resistance: “I became partially immunocompromised due to surgery, which included loss …