Early Career Researcher workshop on diagnostics for Antimicrobial Resistance

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


Extended poster deadline

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) is convening a one-day workshop for early career researchers, which will include a number of invited experts, to provide inspiration, encourage interdisciplinary networking and explore the barriers and opportunities facing the development of rapid diagnostics for infectious disease. The main themes identified at this workshop will be shared with various research funders and stakeholders to highlight the critical areas where early career researchers require further support.

This workshop is aimed at supporting recent appointees and early career researchers (e.g. PhD or postdoctoral) or equivalent, working in academia, industry or a clinical setting. Applications are invited from all fields of research, including those outside of the life sciences (e.g. social sciences, engineering, physics). Prior experience of diagnostics research is not necessary, but an interest in diagnostics and their application to infectious disease is required.
Abstract Submission

Extended poster deadline

Abstract submission is optional and not a requirement for attendance. Poster spaces are limited and posters will be selected to reflect the diversity of research interests at the workshop.  
Members and non-members of LeSPAR organisations are encouraged to apply to attend this workshop. If you would like to attend, please register by completing the registration form.

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Successful applicants are asked to support their own travel  for the workshop. However you may be eligible to apply for financial support from your learned society or professional organisation. Members of LeSPAR organisations can find out more via the relevant links:
The day will include a keynote presentation, invited talks and two panel discussions. There will also be an interactive session led by invited experts and a poster session to facilitate interdisciplinary networking between delegates. 
Please see tentative outline 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: Till Bachmann
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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