Why is Antibiotic Resistance Such a Significant Medical Problem?

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Professor Colin Garner provides a bit of background information about the problem of antibiotic resistance and how it affects us all. Antibiotic resistance is where bacteria become resistant to antibiotics This is a major health problem and it is getting worse. In the latest report published by Public Health England (ESPAUR 2015 – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/espaur-report-reveals-continued-rise-in-antibiotic-resistant-infections) there was a 15% increase in …

Chief Executive Says 2015 Was a Fantastic Year for Antibiotic Research UK Thanks to All our Supporters

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 Here is an update for everyone who has worked with our Charity since its formation in mid-2014. I am sure you will have noticed we have had massive coverage in the media, social media, TV and radio in the past few months about what we do. I want to tell you some of the things that have happened since our …

Professor Colin Garner, Antibiotic Research UK’s Chief Executive, quoted on front page of The Times

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Our Charity received a lot of media coverage during the week of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A Joint Declaration by 83 pharmaceutical companies and eight industry associations was released to co-incide with the meeting. The Declaration stated that in return for government payment to make antibiotic development more financially attractive, in return, the companies have promised to …

Watch this Public Health England video to reduce antibiotic prescribing

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Its imperative that we reduce our dependence on antibiotics. The more antibiotics that are prescribed, the more the likelihood of antibiotic resistance occurring. Public Health England have launched an excellent educational video fronted by Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, to encourage people not to ask their doctors for antibiotics. One of the doctors on the video says antibiotic …

Apply for discounted tickets to ‘Infection, Prevention and Control 2016’

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We are pleased to be involved with Knowlex, the organisers of ‘Infection, Prevention and Control 2016’, the premier annual conference in this area. Tackling the problem of antiobitic resistance requires a holistic approach to be taken. It’s not only about finding new antibiotics, but conserving the ones we have. Anything that can help reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance infections …

Wishing All Our Supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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On behalf of Antibiotic Research UK we would like to thank you for your support in 2015 and look forward to you continuing to support us in 2016. This year has been a year of great achievement for Antibiotic Research UK and we list the top ten highlights below; We have raised over £300,000 towards funding our innovative research programme …

Greg Beckett completes New York Marathon 2015 for ANTRUK

Greg Beckett completes New York City marathon and raises money for Antibiotic Research UK

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On 1 November 2015 Greg Beckett ran the TCS New York City marathon and raised money for us. Here is what Greg wrote about his experience;- “Hi everyone! Thank you so much for the support and donations for my New York Marathon run – it was an amazing event to attend and I’m delighted to have finished it in 4:18.09.  …

Heat map showing antibiotic prescriptions per person across the UK

Antibiotic prescribing heat map infographic published all over the UK

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The antibiotic prescribing heat maps prepared by Antibiotic Research UK and analytic data provider Exasol AG have had wide coverage in the UK media. Exasol’s data analytic software enabled very rapid turn round of antibiotic prescribing data analysis on request. For example heat maps were able to be generated for James Gallagher, the BBC Health Correspondent, on antibiotic prescribing patterns …

Table of cakes for ANTRUK Great British Tea Party 18 Nov 2015

How did your Great British Tea Party go?

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On Wednesday 18 November 2015, European Antibiotic Awareness Day,  the Charity organised a host of Great British Tea Parties across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireleand. The money is still coming in from these events. One Great British Tea Party was organised at the home of June and Colin Garner just outside York and raised nearly £300. Here are some …

Charity has raised a fantastic £220,000 so far in 2015

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A great big thank you to all our supporters. We have raised the magnificent sum of £220,000 so far this year (up to the end of October 2015) thanks to donations by the public, fund raising events, philanthropists and Trusts and Foundations.  This money will be used to fund our first research project on Antibiotic Resistance Breakers. Our aim is …

Trustee Professor Laura Piddock resigns due to ill health

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The Charity was sad to learn that Professor Laura Piddock, one of the Trustees has had to resign her position owing to ill-health. Laura was a very valued Trustee and we will miss her contribution. She will continue to act as a link between Antibiotic Research UK and both Antibiotic Action and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. We look …

The Archbishop of York agrees to become Patron

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We are delighted to announce that the The Most Revd and Rt Hon the Lord Archbishop of York, John Sentamu has agreed to become the Charity’s Patron. The Archbishop has a long-standing interest in health and welfare particularly of the most deprived in society. He said on taking up his role“I am pleased to support Antibiotic Research, a charity dedicated …

Infographic showing antibiotic prescriptions per person across the UK

Antibiotic Research UK together with Exasol and Bright Bee publish for first time antibiotic prescribing data by area in England

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Antibiotic Research UK working together with Exasol and Bright Bee have released to the public for the first time antibiotic prescribing data by English locality. Analysing over 602 million rows of data we have been able to demonstrate the variability in prescribing by area. The key findings are; There is a widening deprivation gap: The gap between prescriptions in the …

A picture showing how antibiotic resistance breakers work

Dr David Brown, chair of our Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee has Antibiotic Resistance Breaker review published

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Dr David Brown, chair of the Charity’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee has had his review on Antibiotic Resistance Breakers (ARBs) published in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. Seeking ARBs is the aim of the Charity’s first project for which we are looking to raise £250,000. The publishing of this review is a milestone in acceptance of the ARB approach. The …

Antibiotic Research UK Great British Tea Party 2015

The Great British Tea Party – download leaflets and flyers to publicise your event

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Interest in The Great British Tea Party has been exceptional. It’s still not too late to get a Fundraising Pack to hold your own event. By holding a Great British Tea Party you can raise money to help us fund our programmes in education, research and patient support whilst having some fun. The event is taking place in the afternoon …

Antibiotic Research UK Great British Tea Party 2015

Stop Press – Great British Tea Party’s Being Held All Over the UK

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Fantastic news. Our first Great British Tea Party is attracting attention from all over the United Kingdom. People have volunteered to hold a Great British Tea Party in England, Wales, Northern Island and Scotland. The Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group have all endorsed this major fundraising …

Antibiotic Research UK Great British Tea Party 2015

Announcing the Launch of the Great British Tea Party

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We are launching a major fund raising drive to fund our first research project. We need to raise £250,000 and we need your help to reach this target. In the last two weeks alone we have raised £18,000 but we need more, much more to fight antibiotic resistance. On 18 November each year European Antibiotic Awareness Day is held (see …

Ben Blackwell Runs the Rock Solid Race to Raise Money for Antibiotic Research UK

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A great big vote of thanks goes to Ben Blackwell who ran the Rock Solid Mud Race to raise money for Antibiotic Research UK.  We need more people like Ben to help us raise money to fund our research so that we can tackle the impending medical catastrophe of antibiotic resistance.

Emily speaking about her chronic antibiotic resistant infection

Hear Emily’s Story About What it is Like to Have a Chronic Antibiotic Resistant Infection

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We read about antibiotic resistance in the media and watch programmes on TV about the problem. Behind every antibiotic resistant infection statistic there is a real person. Watch Emily’s story about what it means to actually have an resistant infection and why we need new antibiotics now. Emily gave this most moving account of her ESBL infection and we have …

The Observer Publishes Letter from Antibiotic Research UK in Response to Editorial

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In The Observer of 20 September 2015, the Observer published an editorial called ‘Time for world to act on antibiotic resistance’. The editorial highlighted the fact that antibiotic resistance was becoming a major health problem and that no new antibiotic class has been discovered in the past 30 years. The editorial went on to say that without effective antibiotics much …