An Antimicrobial Resistance Toolkit from Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences

16 April 2020

Digital AMR resources to support scientists, researchers and healthcare workers

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most prevalent public health issues worldwide. In the UK, we have increasing rates of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), with infection control becoming a growing burden to the NHS. The problem is even more complex in low and middle-income countries, where general infection control is far more challenging and difficult to implement.

Globally, AMR represents one of our greatest ‘one-health’ challenges that places immense pressure on societies. As antibiotics cease to effectively manage previously treatable infections, AMR will increasingly become a major threat to modern medicine.

"Antibiotics underpin modern medicine"

Professor Sally Davies (UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance).

Interview on the global challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance with Professor Sally Davies

Antibiotics are crucial to infection prevention and control for a wide range of medical practices, from: miscarriages; general surgery; chemotherapy management; organ transplantation; the management of renal failure, the treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), to name just a few examples.

As AMR becomes more prevalent we risk returning to the pre-antibiotic era, when people of all ages died of minor infections. This will undoubtedly have a dire impact on society both culturally and economically. These problems will be disproportionately felt in low to middle-income countries where economies are already strained, and the risk of impoverishment is significantly greater.

The Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team have provided a series of digital resources that build on the skills and knowledge to improve global AMR surveillance and research.

These resources will support scientists, researchers, and healthcare professionals to understand more about antimicrobial resistance, as well as learn about infection control, surveillance, detection techniques, and global health sustainability.

Read our blog article on the role genomics plays in tackling antimicrobial resistance, and how online learning can support the development of essential detection techniques.

Watch the keynote presentations delivered at our 2018 ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: Genomes, Big Data, and Emerging Technologies’ conference.

Watch an interview with Professor Sally Davies

Listen to an interview given by Professor Sally Davies (UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance), discussing the concerns around antibiotic misuse, as well as their significant importance in underpinning modern medicine.

This FREE online course, delivered in partnership with the social learning experts, FutureLearn, will provide an overview for anyone interested in the latest laboratory techniques used to detect antimicrobial resistance. It will be particularly useful for students, scientists, or researchers looking to develop laboratory and bioinformatics skills in this area, particularly if you are involved in global health research.

Watch the 2019 Train-the-Trainer overseas course video

Watch this video to find out how we collaborate with other organisations to deliver valuable courses in low and middle-income countries, to train participants in those regions to develop their own local, national, and international AMR surveillance initiatives.

The aim of these resources is to: 

  • Provide an overview of the current situation relating to antimicrobial resistance and infection control, from the different perspectives of those participating as members of the global AMR community;
  • Highlight what is meant my antibiotic misuse;
  • Demonstrate the work being in the UK and globally to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance;
  • Identify what educational and information resources are available through the Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences programme;
  • Identify and develop skills in the latest laboratory and bioinformatics techniques used to detect and respond to antimicrobial resistance.

These resources will be of benefit to all healthcare staff looking to develop skills and knowledge around AMR, infection control, and infection prevention.

Our 2020 Antimicrobial Resistance: Genomes, Big Data and Emerging Technologies conference is due to take place 04-06 November. Email to keep up-to-date with the latest information on this meeting.


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