The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is taking part in a new £2.85m PhD training programme – the first of its kind nationally – in a bid to train new scientists who will discover new ways of tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
CEH is leading one of 18 studentships as part of the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) award which are also being hosted by 16 other UK universities and research institutions including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.
Dr Andrew Singer, a senior scientist at CEH specialising in the study of AMR, will supervise one of the studentships which is expected to last for four years.
Antibiotics have transformed healthcare in the 20th century but conversely AMR is one of the greatest emerging threats to human health as overuse and misuse has led to antibiotics being increasingly ineffective.
The MRF’s AMR PhD Training Programme has been designed in response to the need to stop resistance and to speed up new treatments for bacterial infection.
Dr Singer, who recently had a review article on AMR in the environment and its relevance for environmental regulators published in Frontiers in Microbiology, said, “I’m looking forward to engaging with the MRF PhD Training Programme to help the scientists of tomorrow investigate some fundamental knowledge gaps in the field of AMR research.
“The proposed research will aim to develop the scientific evidence needed to inform future policy."
The MRF is an independent charity founded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRF will continue to raise money with a view to funding two additional cohorts of AMR PhD students.
The MRF issued a press release in relation to this story which can be viewed here.