Dr. Andrew C Singer's blog

Taking action against the global threat of antimicrobial resistance

As the World Health Organization marks World Antibiotic Awareness Week (12-18 November 2018), Dr Andrew Singer explains why the environmental dimension of AMR is a major concern...

The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to global public health has been a recurring fear over the past 77 years since the widespread use of penicillin and the 84 years since the use of sulfa-based antibiotics.

Chemicals in our wastewater...and our rivers - closing the water cycle loop

Dr Andrew Singer is leading CEH's research into antimicrobial resistance in the environment. Antimicrobials represent a small fraction of the chemicals that are continuously released into the environment from sewage works. However, their direct, negative impact on microorganisms (in the environment) provides a new motivation for examining the hazards within our waste stream, and its potential for effects on the environment and human health. Here he provides a perspective, first shared in the ENDS Report, which explains why change is needed in how we handle our wastewater.

AMR - investigating the knowledge gaps

The problem of antimicrobials in the environment has gained much prominence recently and it's a topic that the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has been researching for many years. In 2009, an H1N1 influenza strain emerged from northern Mexico/southern United States and spread globally rapidly. The use of the antiviral oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in most high-income countries presented a unique environmental hazard—the widespread use of a novel drug in a short span of time.

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment

The World Health Organization is holding World Antibiotics Awareness Week this week (14-20 November 2016) to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practice among a number of sectors. Dr Andrew Singer of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has written the following blog post explaining some of the issues and current focuses of research:

Flu study offers unique insight into our drug habits during a pandemic

New research led by CEH’s Dr Andrew Singer provides the first evidence of how the use of antibiotic and antiviral drugs became elevated during the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic in the UK. The study, published in PLOS One, offers a unique look at public health practice, human behaviour and drug adherence in the country. Andrew tells us more:

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