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Anti-Microbial Resistance

Anti-microbial resistance (AMR), is a term used to describe disease-causing organisms that have evolved to survive medicines that have been designed to kill them or stop their growth. This includes antibiotic resistance. A worldwide acceleration of resistance in microorganisms has reached a pace where there is concern that we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, where minor injuries and infections can once again become a significant threat to human health. 

Tackling AMR is one of a number of Cross-Council Programmes, where the arts and humanities form an essential part of a multidisciplinary approach to a particular idea or issue.

The AMR Cross-Council Initiative (led by MRC) was delivered via four themes:

  1. Theme 1: Understanding resistant bacteria in context of the host
  2. Theme 2: Accelerating therapeutic and diagnostics development
  3. Theme 3: Understanding real world interactions
  4. Theme 4: Behaviour within and beyond the health care setting.

AHRC's main investment in this area was related to:

  • Theme 3: Understanding the real world interactions
  • Theme 4: Behaviour within and beyond the health care setting.

Read more about the funding that is available on our Tackling AntiMicrobial Resistance page.

AHRC is also a member of the AMR Funders' Forum, which provides a forum for the sharing of information on activities relating to AMR (and in particular antibiotic resistance).

Case studies

Antimicrobial resistance: Infection prevention through design

Read about how Glasgow School of Art received a £600,000 grant to utilise their expertise in design to better communicate information about how bacteria spreads to change behaviour in hospitals for the better, by visiting out feature page.


Ventilation design on the prevalence of anti-microbial bacteria in homes

Professor Tim Sharpe’s project investigated how modern housing design affects the indoor microbiome of buildings, AMR and, subsequently, the occupants’ health. For more read our feature page.


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