• Time:
  • Date: Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Location: Online
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  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: Staff only

At this event we will hear from Professor Paul Cooke and Dr Rebecca King about their combined experience of using community engagement methods to address AMR.

Paul and Rebecca collaborate on a number of projects in Nepal and Bangladesh which work with communities to understand local AMR challenges, create meaningful solutions and share their findings at policy level. These examples demonstrate the need for interdisciplinarity in tackling the challenge of AMR with Paul sitting within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and cultures, and Rebecca in the Faculty of Medicines’ Nuffield centre for international Health and Development. We hope the discussion session will allow academics from across disciplines to reflect upon how their skills and experience could support the AMR research portfolio at Leeds. 

About antimicrobial resistance 

If you would like to attend, please email Helen Walters at h.walters@leeds.ac.uk.

More and more infections are becoming resistant to the drugs we use to treat them, a phenomenon known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). 

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global challenge and it’s everyone’s problem. 

Although a natural process, AMR is accelerated by behaviours including the improper use and disposal of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health.

Unless urgently addressed, drug resistant infections and AMR threaten to undermine modern medicine. The breadth of this challenge is considerable; academic efforts need to focus on basic research into the nature of AMR and working to improve medical practice, but also communication and public understanding of the risks. Research into the roles agricultural practice and environmental contamination play in AMR need urgent attention as do currently stagnant efforts to develop novel diagnostics and therapeutics.

About our seminars 

We would like to bring together and evolve the Leeds research community to better tackle this set of diverse challenges.

You may already be working in this field or have an active interest - or you may be completely new to the area, but have expertise that could usefully be applied to AMR research. For example, you may have experience of working with big data or modelling approaches, skills which could be brought to bear on monitoring environmental contamination and tracking the development of resistance.

Could you design effective health communication material? Do you have new business models to support pharmaceutical development of new antimicrobials? Could you configure new approaches to reducing waste water contamination from antibiotics? Or are you interested in the broader ways in which AMR could link to your research? 

Each session will include two short talks by AMR researchers to frame the subsequent discussion, with plenty of time allocated for audience questions. We have planned our sessions to fit with the themes of Global AMR Guidance as identified by a recent mapping exercise; this will showcase the breadth of AMR research within the University of Leeds portfolio, how it supports Global AMR action, and hopefully forge new connections between academics and research groups to better address the challenge of AMR.