18 fully-funded interdisciplinary PhD studentships available in Antimicrobial Resistance Research| UK 

Applications are now open for the first and only National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) research, funded by the Medical Research Foundation in response to the urgent action needed to halt antimicrobial resistance and to accelerate new treatments for bacterial infection.

The Medical Research Foundation is delighted to fund the UK’s only national PhD Training Programme in antimicrobial resistance research. We believe the programme will help to respond to the global health challenge that is antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance and drug resistant infections and strengthen the UK’s research capacity overall.

Fully-funded studentships
18 fully-funded PhD studentships are available, hosted by 15 universities & institutions across the UK. Please see the Research Projects page for more details.

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Applications must be made to the institution offering the project by 31 January 2018. Please read our application process for details.

Contact us
For all enquiries related to the National PhD Training Programme in AMR Research, please email amrphd-info@bristol.ac.uk. Source: National PhD Training Programme in AMR | School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine | University of Bristol

There are 18 fully-funded interdisciplinary PhD studentships available, hosted by 15 universities and institutions across the UK. Please find details of the projects offered under the four AMR research themes below.

The following themes have been identified by the Tackling AMR – A Cross Council Initiative to provide the interdisciplinary and collaborative approach necessary to address the challenge of AMR. The large and multi-institutional research consortia funded under the cross-council AMR initiative are participating in the Medical Research Foundation National PhD Programme in AMR research and are hosting one studentship each.

Theme 1: Understanding resistant bacteria in the context of the host
Projects within this theme explore resistant bacteria in the host context to help develop our understanding of resistance mechanisms, identify new targets for novel antibiotics and the development of new diagnostics.
Theme 2: Accelerating therapeutics and diagnostics development
Projects offered under this theme aim to refresh the antibiotic development pipeline, develop host defence-based therapeutics and rapid point of care diagnostics.
Theme 3: Understanding real-world interactions
Projects within this theme focus on surveillance of AMR in the environment, how resistant bacteria adapt to their environments and how the dynamics of community interactions affect resistance and transmission of resistant bacteria.
Theme 4: Behaviour within and beyond the health setting
Projects offered under this theme aim to identify the socio- economic conditions and behavioural attitudes that drive the spread of resistant bacteria to help develop and evaluate policies and strategies to mitigate and manage AMR and the stewardship of antibiotics.

The fight against antimicrobial resistance is serious, life-threatening and global and it is a fight we must win. As academic lead for the Medical Research Foundation’s national PhD Training Programme, I look forward to leading the next generation of researchers to develop the multidisciplinary research skills required to tackle this major health problem.

National PhD Training Programme in AMR

See at: https://www.mrc.ac.uk/research/initiatives/antimicrobial-resistance/tackling-amr-a-cross-council-initiative/

ESCMID: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine Conference


In a recent subject I did under my Masters of Veterinary Public Health, there was some discussion on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) amongst veterinarians. Yet what does that mean and how can it be applied within a private practitioner setting. On the 11-12 of September, 2016, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious diseases will be hosting an antimicrobial stewardship conference in Sweden. Further details are in the link below. I can feel a blog idea come along, so I shall leave it there for now, except to say – while we veterinarians may get prickly whenever someone from the medical side points the finger at how we “abuse” antimicrobials, we should be more aware of our role and capacity to limit the increase in resistance.

Source: ESCMID: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine