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  1. Antibiotic resistance risk for coastal water users

    30 March 2015

    Recreational users of coastal waters such as swimmers and surfers are at risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to new research published this week and presented today at the Annual Conference.

    In the first study of its kind, scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School assessed the amount of water ingested during different water sports and combined this with water sampling data to estimate people’s exposure to bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Using data gathered across England and Wales in 2012, they estimated that over 6.3 million water sport sessions resulted in one type of resistant bacteria being swallowed.

  2. New microbiology-focused grants available from the UK Research Councils

    19 February 2015

    Two funding calls that are of relevance to microbiologists have recently been announced by the BBSRC and the MRC.

    The BBSRC have made a second call for innovative grants under the cross-council theme Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Understanding resistant bacteria.

  3. British Government reviews its Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

    11 December 2014

    In September 2013, the British Government published the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018, which detailed proposals to slow the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

  4. The Society for General Microbiology is bringing students and the public together in the search for new antibiotics

    18 November 2014

    Today, the Society launched ‘The Small World Initiative’ in the UK and Ireland, a project that will give the general public, students and educators the opportunity to work with scientists as part of a global initiative to discover new antibiotics.

  5. The Society for General Microbiology tackles antimicrobial resistance

    18 November 2014

    Today, 18 November, is European Antibiotic Awareness Day, and it presents a timely opportunity to highlight the action the Society for General Microbiology is taking to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), an issue of global importance.

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