Vet School postgrad selected for the first ever national PhD Training Programme in antimicrobial resistance

A postgraduate student from the University of Bristol’s Veterinary School has been selected for the first ever national PhD Training Programme in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – launched by the Medical Research Foundation.

Liz Cresswell, who is studying for a PhD in Clinical Veterinary Science , is one of 18 students from 16 UK universities who through their research will contribute to the ambitious aims of the UKRI-funded cross-council research consortia , which is tackling AMR on a global scale.

Antibiotics transformed healthcare in the 20th century and are still considered one of greatest medical achievements of the era. Today, we rely on antibiotics to treat life-threatening bacterial infections and to prevent infection after surgery. But antibiotic overuse and misuse has led to antibiotics becoming increasingly ineffective and antimicrobial resistance, specifically antibiotic resistance, now poses a global threat to human life.

Working alongside the Medical Research Council , the Foundation spotted a gap in funding for PhD studentships in antimicrobial resistance research – right now there are few emerging researchers trained in the multidisciplinary approach required to tackle the antimicrobial resistance problem. This new PhD Training Programme is designed to help build a strong, active network of early career researchers by bringing together those who study microbiology, genetics and medicine with social scientists, vets, dentists, ecologists, environmental biologists, anthropologists, chemists and biomedical engineers.

Source: MyScience

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