The SHIP team celebrates World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

By Ayodeji Matuluko Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) to increase awareness of the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is the ability of microorganisms to develop mechanisms that protect them against antimicrobial medicines, i.e. antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics. There has been an increase…

Testimonials from budding researchers on funded summer studentships in GCU microbiology and food labs

It was a very busy summer in our GCU microbiology and food labs this year with three undergraduate students being awarded funded summer studentships. These students joined up with Ph.D. and other postgraduate students and undertook 8-week research placements. These placements were very successful and a massive thank you to the British Mycological Society, Microbiology…

Using multimodal strategies to improve hand hygiene compliance in a hospital in Cameroon: a personal experience

Our first blog of 2021 is by Nkwan Jacob Gobte, of Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services.  Jacob is the Research Coordinator of a hand hygiene study being led by the SHIP team in Cameroon. Since the 18th century, hand hygiene has been widely accepted as the main strategy to prevent infections in healthcare facilities. Hand…

Assessing the current evidence for the effectiveness of interventions in improving the review of antibiotic therapy

In a recently published systematic review by SHIP team PhD Student, Ayodeji Matuluko, interventions to improve the review of antibiotic therapy in acute care hospitals have been found to have positive clinical impact in the short to medium term, although there is insufficient evidence of their sustainability in the long-term. The timely review of antibiotic…

SHIP PhD students at the virtual 2020 MRF National PhD Training Programme in AMR annual conference

By Ayodeji Matuluko The Medical Research Foundation’s national PhD training programme in AMR is in its 3rd year. This programme was set up to train the future generation of researchers to address the global health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The programme funds a core cohort of PhD students studying AMR in universities across the…

The SHIP team shine a light on strategies for improving antimicrobial stewardship in farming

By Lucyna Gozdzielewska In a recently published SHIP team paper—co-authored with colleagues from Health Protection Scotland and the University of Strathclyde—the findings of a scoping review of approaches for improving antimicrobial stewardship in livestock farmers and veterinarians are reported. This is an important topic, because microorganisms’ ability to defeat antimicrobials, known as antimicrobial resistance, is…

SHIP PhD Students attend Medical Research Foundation AMR Training Conference

By Elaine Cutajar As of the year 2018, the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) invested £4M to establish a yearly PhD training programme aiming to train early career researchers in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In doing so, MRF aimed to foster new, robust and active networks between researchers from a variety of research backgrounds in the…

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