UEA held a very insightful and enjoyable AMR Thought Leadership event on campus at the Julian Study Centre on the 11 September 2018.
The event was hosted by Prof Laura Bowater, Academic Director of Innovation and convened by Dr Karen Smith, Relationship Manager for Medical & Life Sciences. Laura got proceedings underway by highlighting the range of AMR work being undertaken at UEA and on the wider Norwich Research Park. She then introduced Prof Alan Johnson of Public Health England who addressed the question ‘Antimicrobial resistance: is there still a problem in the UK?’ Following his illuminating talk, Daniel Berman of NESTA talked about the Longitude Prize a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve the global problem of antibiotic resistance. Rachael Hore from Results UK then talked about drug-resistant TB and the role of policy. At this point the speakers and 50 delegates present enjoyed a short coffee break and were able to look at posters displayed by post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the break-out area. On returning to the lecture theatre Dr Davide Manissero of Shionogi talked about when a new antibiotic makes it to the market and how to ensure a healthy and long life for drug and patients. The final talk about FMT and Phage therapy as alternative strategies to combat superbugs was given by Prof Arjan Narbad of the Quadram Institute. There was then a panel Q&A, drinks reception and networking. Throughout the day artist and illustrator Rebecca Osborne captured the key messages and this was displayed along with the posters.
The event was part of arrange of activities that have revolved around ‘Superbugs: the fight for our lives’, a one year exhibition that UEA is sponsoring at the national Science Museum in London. Other activities have included UEA participating in a Museum ‘Lates’ event based around AMR which attracted approx. 4,000 visitors on the night and also an AMR video competition for local schools which resulted in children from the two winning classes enjoying prizes that included a coach trip to the Museum to see the exhibition, tickets to Wonderlab and the 4D Legend of Apollo movie.
To coincide with this event, Karen hosted a visit to UEA in the morning by Dr Kai Stoeber, the VP of Global innovation, Shionogi (a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan https://www.shionogi.com/). He met with several PIs including Prof Michael McArthur, Prof Matt Hutchings, Dr Justin O’Grady and Dr Barbara Jennings.
For further information about AMR research at UEA please contact Dr Karen Smith at Karen.L.Smith@uea.ac.uk