Early Career Researcher workshop on diagnostics for Antimicrobial Resistance

20 November 2017 09:30-18:30, London, United Kingdom

The 2016 O’Neill review on Antimicrobial Resistance identified the development of new, rapid diagnostics as one of the vital interventions needed to reduce the unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs. Realising a healthy pipeline of new diagnostic tests and technologies will require a multidisciplinary effort, bringing together researchers across scientific fields, alongside clinicians, regulators, and social scientists.

The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) convened a one-day workshop for early career researchers on 20th November in London. Invited speakers explored the themes of framing the issue and pathways to success, bringing together perspectives from global health, industry, academia, metrology, behavioural science and clinical practice. Delegates participated in panel discussions and took part in a multi-disciplinary group activity, working together to design a hypothetical funding call.

You can view the workshop programme and download some of the invited speaker presentations.

LeSPAR would like to express their thanks to speakers and delegates who made the day a great success. 
Please see programme below: 
09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome and introduction
10:30 Framing the issue
Chair: Neil Woodford
Dr Bhargavi Rao, MSF, 
Global perspectives of the AMR threat and the need for diagnostics: MSF’s perspective
Dr Jim Huggett, LGC
​Dr Annegret Schneider, UCL, 
The use of behavioural science theory and evidence in interdisciplinary antimicrobial resistance research

11:30 Panel discussion 1
12:00 Lunch
12:40 Pathways to success
Chair: Rob Field
Prof. David Persing, Cepheid, Democratizing Diagnostics:  A Journey from Bench to Bedside;
Dr Chris Walton, Cranfield University, Can we sniff out disease? Volatiles in medical diagnostics;
Dr Tim Rawson, Imperial College London, The role of biosensors and machine learning for improving the precision of antimicrobial prescribing.
13:40 Panel discussion 2
14:10 Afternoon refreshments
14:30 Interactive networking session
Chair: Tim McHugh
Designing a funding call for a hypothecated budget
15:50 Poster session
16:30 Wrap up session
Chair: Tim McHugh
Including a short update on funding calls by Dr. Jessica Boname, Programme Manager, MRC
17:00 Wine reception and poster session

The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) is a partnership of seven learned societies who have come together to provide a unified voice in support of the research community in the fight against AMR. Collectively, LeSPAR represents approximately 75,000 scientists. LeSPAR includes:
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