By Nina Cromeyer Dieke, Digital Content Editor, Longitude Prize, Nesta
To say young people’s attention is constantly being pulled in various directions is an understatement, given the array of information available to them 24/7. This is pretty much true for all age groups, I think, but young people tend to be the target audience given their still open and sponge-like minds. So how do we tell kids and teens about antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a fairly complex microbiological concept?
By Emma Pettengale, Commissioning Editor, Portland Press
The term antimicrobial encompasses all drugs which target microorganisms, including antibiotics (bacteria), antiprotozoal (single celled parasites), antiviral (viruses) and antifungal (fungi) medicines. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) arises when micro-organisms survive exposure to the drug that would normally kill them or stop their growth, hence becoming resistant to its effects. As microorganisms are constantly evolving, increased use of antimicrobials goes hand in hand with increased AMR.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) The paper dots are soaked in antibiotics, clear rings (shown left) show the bacteria have been unable to grow and are not yet resistant. On the right, the bacteria have become resistant to 4 of the 7 antibiotics (This image is reproduced from Wikipedia, Dr Graham Beards, Antibiotic sensitivity and resistance). Continue reading →
To address this issue, LeSPAR organised three networking workshops for researchers entitled “Antimicrobial resistance: environments, evolution and transmission”. One of them took place at the University of Dundee, more about it from Dr Adam Ostrowski, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Dundee:Continue reading →