Antimicrobial resistance research: learnings applied from COVID-19

09.00, Wednesday 15 December 2021

The Academy of Medical Sciences' FORUM and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are hosting a joint virtual workshop on ‘Antimicrobial resistance research: learnings applied from COVID-19’.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) presents a serious global threat to the prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has required unprecedented coordination of research, technology, regulation, infrastructure and the workforce, and rapid adoption of new public health processes. As an emerging global and cross-sector challenge, tackling AMR requires a similarly concerted effort. Lessons learned from the pandemic could provide insight into the research and policy priorities required to tackle AMR.

This 3.5-hour virtual meeting will convene experts from academia, healthcare, public health, industry, policy, funding and regulation, as well as public and patient representatives, to:

  • Briefly consider the outstanding challenges facing AMR research.
  • Identify the key relevant lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Consider how experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic can be applied to advance AMR research and policy.

This workshop and its outcomes will inform the work of the UK AMR Research Coordination Group, which was established as part of the UK AMR Research Programme to identify priority areas for AMR research.

The meeting will be co-chaired by Professor Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci, Executive Director and Chair of the COVID-19 Genomics UK consortium, and Professor Alison Holmes OBE FMedSci, Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and AMR and the Centre for Antimicrobial Optimisation.

A full report will be made available after the meeting.

Attendance is by invitation only. For further information, please contact Alice Fletcher-Etherington (

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