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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 …

Antibiotic Research UK welcomes new INEOS Oxford Institute to combat antimicrobial resistance as an important step forward

Emma Pickup Press Release

The University of Oxford today announced that it is creating a new AMR research institute to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance thanks to a £100 million donation from the INEOS petrochemical company. Professor Colin Garner, Antibiotic Research UK’s Chief Executive, welcomed the news saying, ‘The creation of the new institute is a ringing endorsement of the urgent need to do more research …

Antibiotic Research UK announces the appointment of Mr. Simon Dukes as Chair Designate of the Board of Trustees

Emma Pickup Press Release

Antibiotic Research UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Simon Dukes as Chair Designate of its Board of Trustees. Simon is currently in the news in his role as CEO of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) where he is in negotiations with Government on the role of community pharmacies in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Simon …

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The language barrier no one is talking about: medical jargon

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

The average reading age of adults in the UK is estimated at between 9 and 11 years and nearly 8% of people in the UK do not speak English as their first language. Could we save lives by toning down the medical jargon and explaining things in language everyone understands? Coronavirus, shielding, immunity, vaccination – the medical terms we use …

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The results of the Great University Science Quiz

bowhouse ANTRUK announcements

Great University Science Quiz – raising awareness and cash to help tackle drug resistance Antibiotic Research UK’s inaugural Great University Science Quiz took place online on Wednesday 18th November. 13 teams from universities across the UK rose to the challenge. Between them, they raised over £5000 to help beat drug-resistant infections. Shionogi and MSD sponsored the event. It included four rounds …

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Review highlights how antibiotic resistance is spread in low-middle income countries

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Learn more

A review of nearly 200 studies into the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections has highlighted individual accountability and global action as vital for preventing a global increase in deaths from such infections. In July this year, researchers from France, Lebanon, Italy and South Africa published ‘Drivers of Antibiotic Resistance Transmission in Low- and Middle-Income Countries from a “One Health” Perspective—A Review’ …

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One world’s mighty fight against antibiotic resistance

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Uncategorised

This is the final day of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November). In a year where all corners of the globe have been affected by a deadly virus, today’s theme urges unity. We need a united approach to beating drug-resistance. And we join with the World Health Organisation in calling for a whole societal approach to fight against antibiotic resistance. …

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Stories from the frontline of antibiotic resistance during COVID-19

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Our Patient Support team plus one of the people they have helped contribute to a new report launched by the Longitude Prize. A new report of case studies published today coincides with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020. It gives a platform to people living with drug-resistant infections, those that have survived them and to the clinicians contending with them. This …

Global plea to spread the importance of preventing STIs

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Drug-resistant sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the focus of today’s campaigning during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (2020). In the UK the incidence of STIs is increasing year on year as reported by Public Health England for 2019 (1).  Not only are STIs increasing but also there have been reports of resistance to antibiotics (2). Whilst the incidence of resistance is …

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Nurses and midwives can play a significant role in tackling drug-resistance

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Nurses and midwives need more training in antibiotic prescribing to monitor patients’ use of antibiotics – to help fight drug-resistant infections. Whilst infection control is pivotal in nursing and midwifery training, specific knowledge and guidance on antibiotic resistance is patchy (1). This despite the fact that nurses and midwives prescribe antibiotics to vulnerable babies who are particularly susceptible to hospital …

Has COVID-19 caused the inappropriate use of antibiotics?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Perhaps inevitably, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November) turns its attention to the impact of the Coronavirus. Has it increased the inappropriate use of antibiotics and antibiotic prescribing? Research shows that in the early days of the pandemic, baffled doctors overused antibiotics in America, Asia and Italy (1). They have continued to be disseminated empirically to patients to prevent, rather …

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Double your Donation with The Big Give Christmas Challenge

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Make your gift count for more this Christmas Save the date 1st -8th December Antibiotic Research UK are taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge this year. The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, the Christmas Challenge. For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. Since it launched in 2008, the Christmas Challenge …

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Nurturing an interest in bugs and antibiotics

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Left unchecked, antibiotic resistance could have a devastating impact on our next generation. But how do we make children and young people more aware of the issue? And how can we encourage them to take action to reduce resistance? That is the theme of the third day of campaigning for World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November). Our charity’s work has …

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Has hand hygiene had an impact?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Uncategorised

Water, sanitation, and hygiene is the theme of the second day of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020. And we are asking: “Has the importance of good hand hygiene been forgotten and overtaken by the dominance of the need to wear masks?” Good hand hygiene not only stops the spread of COVID-19 it also halts viral infections such as colds and …

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Take action against antibiotic resistance now to avoid a pandemic worse than COVID-19

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Get involved, Learn more

We have been working with the pharma giant Pfizer, co-producers of the first vaccine against COVID-19 to help avoid a future pandemic of bacterial antibiotic resistance. Professor Colin Garner (Chief Executive) and Professor Christine Bond (Trustee and Education Committee Chair – Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen) were members of an AMR Taskforce charged with defining how individuals can make a …

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Antibiotics: let’s keep them working

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

The 18-24th November 2020 marks World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and aside from supporting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) theme “United to preserve antimicrobials” we have a raft of activities to raise awareness – and life-saving funds. The tragic COVID-19 outbreak means that many events across the world will not go ahead as planned this year. But the coronavirus has sadly …

Young woman in hospital with an antibiotic resistant UTI

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the spotlight

Gemma King ANTRUK announcements, Research

There has been a surge in people looking to Antibiotic Research UK’s information about urinary tract infections (UTIs). These painful and dangerous infections, also known as cystitis, are on the rise in the UK. Find out more about the latest UTI research from around the world. UTIs are a common and unpleasant infection that make it painful to pee. But …

Professor Colin Garner

Beat the boredom, contact your MP and save lives

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Are you wondering how to fill in time during lockdown? Why not help all of us by finding five free minutes during furlough to help prevent the next pandemic from taking your family and friends’ lives. We are simply asking for you to contact your local MP about antibiotic resistance which threatens modern medicine. We need to fill MP’s postbags and …

Tell your MP you care about antibiotic resistance

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Get involved, Parliament

The elected MP for your area is in place to represent you and to make sure the issues you care about are raised at the highest level possible in Government. Find out how to write a short, persuasive letter and send it to your MP to explain why antibiotic-resistant infections are an issue worthy of their attention. Find out who …

Dr Adam Rutherford talking about the risks of antibiotic resistance

Why antibiotic resistance ought to be a risky business

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

In the finest spirit of investigative journalism, the BBC recently examined the Cabinet Office’s “National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies” and below the dystopian image, “The End is Nigh”, duly told us, “The government always knew a pandemic was the most serious threat to the UK”. Read the full article here. We decided to do our own digging and see …

Bristol study highlights how reduced antibiotic prescriptions can help reduce antibiotic resistance

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Learn more

Our charity is increasingly concerned that antibiotic resistant bacterial infections could be forgotten because of the current focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. While the world is focuses on the viral pandemic, the fight against antibiotic resistance cannot be ignored. The public are increasingly visiting our website to learn more about antibiotic resistant infections. Antibiotic resistance is driven by the overuse, …