Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
The University of Leeds is committed to addressing the growing global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Our AMR research involves researchers from across our faculties in a wide range of disciplines. We work to coordinate, foster and promote these research efforts, with the aim of achieving the greatest impact.
What is AMR?
Antimicrobial agents, such as antibiotics, are our primary means of treating infectious diseases in humans and animals. Unfortunately, these drugs are rapidly becoming less effective, as microbes evolve to resist their effects, a phenomenon referred to as antimicrobial resistance or AMR.
In 2019, over 1.27million global deaths were attributed to AMR. If we don’t address this problem as a matter of urgency, over 300 million people worldwide are predicted to die prematurely by 2050.
Two members of the AMR@Leeds group have been selected for the Vice-Chancellor’s 2021 Early Career essay collection. Their essays share a focus on AMR from very different perspectives.
Read our Medium article highlighting three very different projects in healthcare settings in China, Pakistan and in communities in Nepal.
New data published by The Lancet Medical Journal shines a spotlight on the global burden of AMR and challenges world leaders to face the so-called ‘silent pandemic’ head on.
Events and activities
Join us for our AMR@Leeds March seminar where we host Professor Lea Berrang Ford who will deliver a talk on the potential intersection of climate change and AMR.
WAAW runs from 18 to 24 November every year. This global campaign is celebrated to improve awareness and understanding of AMR under the slogan ‘Antimicrobials: Handle with Care'.
Connect with AMR at Leeds through our padlet board. Find out what areas people are working in and share your experience and expertise.