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May 10, 2021
Antimicrobial resistance is a major public health problem worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) is making it a priority, intensifying both prevention strategies based on awareness, monitoring and eradication. In developing countries, scientific research is a strong weapon to optimise the diagnosis of antimicrobial resistance and propose alternatives. In this blog, Microbiology Society Champion Dr Victorien Tamègnon Dougnon discusses his research into developing drugs from medicinal plants.
May 3, 2021
Each year, the Microbiology Society awards five Prize Lectures in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology. The awards celebrate the outstanding applications of microbiology to research, education and translation and all members are invited to nominate an outstanding microbiologist for a Microbiology Society Prize. We got in touch with former Marjory Stephenson Prize winner, Professor Laura Piddock, University of Birmingham, to ask a few questions about her award and how this has impacted her research since.
April 21, 2021
In October 2020, the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences at the University of Hull launched an exciting scary story competition for Halloween: Coccus Pocus 2020! The event was organised for a second time, following a successful trial run in 2019. Read this blog to find out more about this year's competition.
March 10, 2021
During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the importance of hand hygiene has been heavily promoted as vital in controlling the spread of the virus. In this blog, Sunil Pandey, PhD student in microbiology and infectious disease at George Mason University, USA, discusses the indirect effect antimicrobial cleaning products have on other infectious diseases.
Exploring co-culturing to enhance antimicrobial compound production among isolates generated through the Antibiotics Unearthed Programme
January 27, 2021
Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation and provide early- and mid-career scientists the opportunity to gain supervision experience. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of blogs from members who were awarded Harry Smith Vacation Studentships in 2020. This week is lecturer Dr Niall O’Leary and undergraduate student Leah McPhillips from University College Cork.
November 23, 2020
This month, Dr Tim Inglis discusses ‘The TACTIC experience: establishing an international, interdisciplinary network to tackle antimicrobial resistance’ which was chosen as Editor’s Choice for the October issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology.
August 26, 2020
It is now estimated 700,000 people die each year as a result of drug resistant diseases, with this number predicted to increase to over 10 million deaths per year by 2050. The current COVID-19 pandemic appears to have accelerated the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as many patients admitted to hospitals displaying COVID-19 symptoms are treated with antibiotics to reduce their chances of contracting secondary bacterial infections, making resistant bacteria more common.
June 22, 2020
As part of our 'A Sustainable Future' policy project, the Microbiology Society's policy team have produced three special episodes of Microbe Talk to explore the role of microbiology in addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges. In this episode, Emily speaks with Professor Laura Piddock from the University of Birmingham, who is currently on secondment as the Director of Scientific Affairs, Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership. In the second half of the episode, Emily speaks with Dr Anne Leonard, research fellow at the University of Exeter. Listen to the episode to find out how research into antimicrobial resistance fits into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).