The Sussex Antimicrobial Resistance Study Group

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is recognised as a growing global threat to health and economic development. Increasing rates of resistance to antibiotics in microorganisms present fundamental challenges to medical practice, economics and society through their potential impact on human and animal health. The complex and far-reaching drivers of resistance, coupled with the ability of resistant organisms to spread throughout ecosystems and across economies, means tackling AMR requires a holistic approach. A truly sustainable response will need to encompass diverse elements such as scientific, social, environmental and political strategies and integrate a range of disciplinary perspectives to conceptualise and stimulate change.

The composition of the Sussex AMR study group reflects the complexity of the AMR global challenge and the required capabilities to address this, by bringing together researchers from across the social and natural sciences. This multi-disciplinary group involves researchers from the Centre for Global Health Policy, the Institute of Development Studies, the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre. The AMR study group serves as a platform to generate transformative knowledge through interdisciplinary collaborations. We hold regular meetings to share research expertise, engage in new ways of thinking about critical issues, and to develop partnerships, projects, and publications aimed a range of audiences, in order to contribute to addressing the challenge of AMR.

 

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