Mardi 22 mai 2018, 15:30 - 17:00

Global Challenges in Antimicrobial Resistance

Getting Research to Move Beyond Silos

Organised by the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Launch Event of the PLOS AMR Channel - an online resource for the AMR community

Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

The speed of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has been outpacing the discovery of new antibiotics for decades. Despite the increased international attention to AMR, many global challenges remain, such as improving infection prevention, limiting unnecessary use of antibiotics, and using existing antibiotics appropriately in humans, animals, and agriculture. New health tools, including treatments, vaccines, and diagnostics, are urgently needed. All actors and sectors must move away from working in silos but need to find integrated and prioritised ways to address the complexity of AMR, creating an interface between science, public health, and policy.

This event will address the following four thematic issues:  

  • the complexity of the basic science of resistance mechanisms (biology of disease)
  • the scientific and financial hurdles of deveoping new antimicrobials, vaccines, and diagnostics (research and development)
  • the need to ensure global surveillance and monitoring efforts and adapting research responsiveness to epidemiological shifts (public health)
  • the lack of pathways to steward   and render health tools accessible over the long term (responsible use and access)

The PLOS Antimicrobial Resistance Channel (https://channels.plos.org/amr), in collaboration with GARDP, provides a single online destination to stimulate, discover, and explore AMR content from PLOS journals as well as the broader scientific literature. Supplemented by commentaries, blogs, and news, the channel aims to both fill gaps in research and knowledge in the AMR field and provide a reference site for newly published research and highlights.


Opening Remarks

  • Michaela Told, Deputy Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Panel discussion

  • Manica Balasegaram, Director, Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership
  • Carmem L. Pêssoa-Silva, Team Leader, Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care, World Health Organization
  • Ursula Theuretzbacher, Microbiologist, Center for Anti-Infective Agents, Vienna
  • Peter Beyer, Senior Advisor, Department of Essential Medicines & Health Products, World Health Organization
  • Ingrid Smith, Technical Officer, Department of Essential Medicines & Health Products, World Health Organization
  • Clare Stone, Managing Editor, PLOS Medicines

Moderator: Michaela Told

Closing Remarks

  • Manica Balasegaram, Director, Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership

The event will be followed by a reception.

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