The problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing challenge, not only in healthcare but in for example, food safety and in agriculture. The prevalence of resistant bugs such as MRSA has received widespread media coverage and the problems relating to resistance are now more widely recognised than ever before, as is the importance of developing new approaches, particularly given the increase in issues associated with multidrug resistant species.
The CMMB is leading an EPSRC-funded 'Bridging the Gaps' programme to coordinate interdisciplinary activities across the University relating to AMR. This will include funding calls to support collaborative projects as well as various events to bring together researchers from across the institution. The programme commenced on 20 October 2015 and will run for 2 years.
For further information and instruction on registering for any of the events below please contact the project manager.
On Tuesday 17 November 2015, 2-7pm, the launch event was held at the Senate Chamber in Trent Building. The event included information about upcoming funding opportunities and an overview of major issues relating to AMR. The main speakers were Nancy Mendoza (LeSPAR), Paul Williams (Centre for Biomolecular Sciences), Liz Sockett (Medicine and Health Sciences) and Dov Stekel (Medicine and Health Sciences).
We will hold a lunchtime networking session on Thursday 26 November 2015, 1-2pm in the Atrium, Mathematical Science Building to meet colleagues and discuss cross-disciplinary opportunities. The session will include lunch and will provide further information about the pump-priming funds available from the grant.
The first of these will take place on Friday 8 January 2016, 10am-4pm in Room B38a, Trent Building. Lunch will be provided. The event is designed to bridge the gap between researchers in academia and industry to ensure research developments align with the needs of potential end users. External speakers will be announced in due course.
A three-day sandpit event will be held on 20-22 January 2016, 1am-4pm. The first two days will be in Room LG18 in Trent Building, the third day in Room A100 of the Law and Social Sciences Building. Participants will be expected to attend all three days of the sandpit. Refreshments will be provided. The sandpit will allow intensive discussion on key issues relating to AMR, and a prize will be awarded to the best idea arising to allow follow-on research from it.
The University is currently seeking a Research Assistant to perform modelling research on bacterial predators. For further information on the role and how to apply please visit the jobs page.