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"Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi." - World Health Organisation

In simple terms drug resistance is impacting healthcare, food supply chains and animal health. Global challenges include; 

  • Significant evidence of drug resistance in common infections such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, bloodstream infections
  • Drug resistance linked to hospital acquired infection, such as MRSA and CRE
  • Evidence of infections becoming untreatable due to resistance to existing drugs
  • Failed infection control leading to more complex healthcare needs
  • Wastewater treatment plants identified as "hot spots" for AMR gene transfer
  • Antibiotic resistance genes identified in meat and milk products

Locally we recognise the challenges this presents and are keen to explore innovation to address this local and global challenge. To do this we are forming a challenge cluster which brings together skills and capabilities from across Academia, Industry, Health, Veterinary, Food and Agriculture. 

 Breaking News


 Our next workshop "Technologies & Treatments to Reduce  AMR  by 50%" will take place on 17th May 2017, 14:00 to  16:30,  InvestNI HQ, Bedford Square, Belfast BT2 7ES.

 Programme & registration details.

 Our Spring Newsletter is now available to download. 

 Thanks to all at Public Health Agency (PHA), great discussion at  the Health  Protection AMR Symposium on 13th March 2017.

 European Antibiotic Awareness Day is held on the 18th  November. We held a Great British Tea Party to support the work of Antruk.  Photos here.

 Find out more about the NI AMR Network in our new brochure.


 Emerging Reports

Tamar Ghosh describes the Longitude Prize April 2015

NI AMR Network

We hope you enjoyed Science and Stormont Focus on  AMR, held on 10th October 2016. 

June 2016 Workshop

March 2016 - Expert Lecture

Report from our joint event with the Royal Society of Biology and Norbrook Laboratories "AMR and the Environment" by Dr Fiona Walsh, NUIM.