Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious global challenge for public health, food security and sustainable development. Microbes including bacteria, fungi and viruses are increasingly becoming resistant to antimicrobial drugs that were previously effective against them, making it more difficult to treat infections.
Microbiologists working in sectors including research, public and veterinary health, agriculture, industry and government are playing a key role in the research, surveillance and development and delivery of interventions needed tackle AMR. We are supporting our members and the wider scientific community to address and raise awareness of AMR and provide expert microbiological opinion and evidence for policy-makers.
What is antibiotic resistance?
The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has now been recognised globally and it is estimated that 10 million people a year will die due to antimicrobial resistance by 2050 if no urgent action is taken.
Informing policy-makers and funders
- We responded to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee’s AMR Inquiry, evaluating the UK Government’s AMR Strategy.
- Read our expert-informed policy briefings and reports on Antimicrobial Resistance and Human Fungal Diseases and emerging microbiome research.
- We engage with government, funders and other bodies, including through the Learned Society Partnership on AMR (LeSPAR) and UK Government’s AMR Health Stakeholder Group.
Supporting interdisciplinary research
- With the LeSPAR, we have held workshops and events to promote interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange.
- Our pop-up journal X-AMR is a unique platform to ensure that cross-disciplinary antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research across disciplines gets the visibility and impact that it deserves.
- We have organised scientific conferences connecting AMR researchers and other stakeholders, including on Focused Meetings on AMR and One Health and AMR and Zoonoses.
External links and resources
Some useful links for members and others interested in AMR include:
- Antibiotic Guardian – a Public Health England AMR awareness campaign.
- Antibiotic Action – an awareness campaign run by The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC)
- World Health Organisation – outlining information and activities from the WHO and other United Nations agencies.
- UK AMR Strategy – outlining the UK Government’s AMR Strategy and activities.