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Anti-microbial resistance

Microscopic image of methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in agriculture and medicine has led to a growing number of bacteria in humans, animals and the environment, that are resistant to antibiotics.

Without effective antibiotics, animal welfare and food supplies are threatened, and most medical practices, including routine surgery, emergency operations, transplants, and chemotherapy will be less safe. Tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) therefore requires a crossdisciplinary and global approach.

The MRC-led cross-council initiative has supported 78 projects with just under £44m. Awards span a wide range of topics from how building design can enable infection control, to how innovation in diagnostics can improve antibiotic use in farming.

Work with international partners has leveraged additional funding and enabled global impact, including with 20 partners across Europe and North America through the Joint Programme Initiative in AMR, with India and China through Newton funded calls, and in low income countries using GCRF support.