World Antibiotics Awareness Week
A researcher from the University of Plymouth has played a lead role in developing a major new campaign designed to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Dr Tina Joshi, Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology, is one of the key drivers of the Knocking Out AMR project launched recently by the Microbiology Society.
The project aims to bring together people working to address AMR all over the world and develop international, cross-disciplinary collaborations that will ultimately lead to feasible and effective solutions.
Dr Joshi is recognised globally for her work to tackle AMR, and has been researching its potential impact on our planet and its inhabitants for well over a decade.
She has been working for the past two years to develop this project, through her role as Co-Chair of the Microbiology Society’s Impact & Influence Committee, and has also now assumed the role of Co-Chair of the Knocking Out AMR project itself.

Antimicrobial resistance represents a clear and present threat to our planet’s healthcare systems and economies, but also to the environment and animal health. The only way to address that is through a joined-up approach bringing together scientists and practitioners all over the world. That is the aim of Knocking Out AMR, and it has been hugely exciting to play a prominent role in the project’s development and delivery up to this point.

Tina JoshiTina Joshi
Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology

The Knocking Out AMR project will focus on three priority solutions, underpinned by a number of key objectives:
  • Therapeutics and Vaccines – the project will support key areas such as: the research and development of preventative measures and alternative therapeutics; interdisciplinary co-working in the antimicrobial pipeline; and the reduction of inappropriate antimicrobial exposure;
  • Diagnostics and Surveillance – the project will support effective cross-sector integration of the unmet needs of those working across diagnostics and surveillance through effective knowledge sharing in the UK and internationally;
  • Policy Engagement – the project aims to drive knowledge exchange between AMR experts and policymakers, while ensuring that the full diversity of voices of microbiologists working on AMR are heard, both in the UK and worldwide.

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