Five researchers have been awarded a Hamied Foundation UK-India Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Visiting Professorship it was announced today (16 July 2019).
The scheme enables UK researchers to undertake a lecture tour of India and aims to develop long term research collaborations, in the area of AMR, between the two countries. The UK and India both face significant AMR challenges. It is predicted that by 2050 the death toll due to AMR will approach 10 million people a year worldwide.
The awardees come from across the UK and will be collaborating with groups from a variety of Indian institutions on a range of topics, from the use of antimicrobials in aquaculture for better fish health and food security to investigating antimicrobial resistant strains in rural and urban populations within India.
The awardees are:
Professor Susanna Dunachie - University of Oxford
Dr Lesley Hoyles - Nottingham Trent University
Professor Anthony Maxwell - John Innes Centre, Norwich
Professor Peter Monk - University of Sheffield
Professor Dominic Moran - The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
This is the second round of AMR Visiting Professorships. Professor Stephen Baker, University of Oxford, was in the first round of awardees, he said:
“The visiting professorship scheme was an excellent experience and allowed me to meet the various individuals and organisations in India working in the area of bacteriology/AMR research. Additionally, India is a diverse and complex country with large spectrum of microbiology research; the landscape is overwhelming but through my host I was able to begin to understand the mechanisms of working in India and I left feeling encouraged by my visit and the prospects for interaction/research.”
The scheme is championed by Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE FRS FMedSci, Chief Medical Officer for England and generously supported by the Yusuf and Farida Hamied Foundation. This pledge from the Hamied Foundation supports a five-year programme of work on AMR.
The programme aims to strengthen ties between the UK and India, using comparisons between the two countries and the sharing of experience to open up opportunities for mutual learning, as well as for the development of new research collaborations drawing on the strengths of the science bases in each country. The programme includes two major scientific meetings and a UK-India visiting professorship scheme.
For more information on the scheme, please see the Academy’s AMR Visiting Professorships webpage.
The Academy recently published the report of the first meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance as part of the Hamied Foundation five-year programme, read it here.
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