Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge Initial Event

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week 16th -22nd November 2015. WHO has established that antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. When the microorganisms become resistant to most antimicrobials they are often referred to as “superbugs”. This is a major concern because a resistant infection may kill, can spread to others, and imposes huge costs to individuals and society.

The activities designed during event had been designed because it is considered that the AMR DxC event could bring possibilities, through a competition, for knowing and assuming the importance of the role for rapid diagnostics to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance. It is considered that the antimicrobial resistance and the development and introduction of innovative diagnostics could transform healthcare that need to involve collaboration across disciplines, countries, healthcare systems and economies. Innovation is also needed how the brightest minds can be attracted to the field. That is why AMR DxC is developed to galvanise the next generation of researchers into action. The objectives of AMR DxC are to connect and inspire fresh scientific talent, spark off ideas and create a network for international, interdisciplinary and innovative R&D on AMR diagnostics.

This event will give a overview of current research related to the field and also an opportunity to discover interesting connections. We are looking to identify well-defined research questions with probable solutions. These new questions might help to address long-standing questions of AMR Diagnostics.

AMR theme runs through the days of the workshop - these networking sessions are for all of our ECRs, where UK ECRs will be mixed with Mexico ECRs. It is an intention that there is a croos over all disciplines. The ECRs have to be presented each day for talks by senior researchers and to think about their activities and then present their ideas and solutions on the last day (saturday 25th November in the afternoon). This is sopporting the aim of the Newton Fund to get the ECRs talking together and thinking about problem solving aspects of AMR. 




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These part of the workshop is focus to Early Career Researchers (ECRs), however everybody can assist in order to know and learn the objetive and strategy of the AMRDxC event. The issues around AMR are common to all ID threats. English speaking would be good!. Only those qualified researchers or specialists could be accepted for this event and they have to participate in all the workshop (5 days). ECRs awarded their PhD not more than 10 years ago, or equivalent level of experience or early career clinicians (foundation doctors and registrars) with a demonstrable interest in infectious diseases and global health. Applications are invited from eligible individuals based in Mexico and other Latin American countries. 

The event is addressed to all researchers related to health related with infectious diseases as physicians, chemists, veterinarians, biologists and all those other professionals as social scientists, engineers and antrophologists that have any kind of interest in the development of pathogen detection systems or medical treatment.

Applications from Mexico to participate in the workshop are now invited, and should be submitted electronically to Dr. Javier Ambrosio ( 30th September 2017, 17 h Mex.

Applications should consist of a two page curriculum vitae and a one page letter of motivation, making the case for attendance and what the applicant feels they can bring to such a gathering. Documents should be submitted in PDF format, with all documents in one PDF package sent by email to the address above, with the phrase "Mitigating Emerging Infection Workshop Application” in the subject. Applications will be judged on the strength of CV and covering letter; applicants will be notified if they are successful by 16th October 2017.

  • Registration 
  • Prevention of emerging and re-emerging infections (AMxDR workshop 1);
  • Setting the scence for AMR diagnostics- tThe global challenges of AMR
  • AMRDxC Introduction
  • Speed Networking on AMR Dx
  • Break
  • Prevention of emerging and re-emerging infections (AMxDR Workshop 2)-Infection toolox-Diagnostics, Therapheutics, and vaccines- diagnostics for a new microbal age.
  • Creativity/ Project development (2nd Day, November 22th)
  • Creativity/ Project development and preparationfor presentation (3rd Day, November 23th)
  • Presentation Group work from  AMx DR activity (4th Day, November 24th)
  • Judging of presentations by experts from Newton, CONACYT, WAM and PI's. (5th Day, November 25th)
  • Presentation of prizes from AMX DR activity (5th Day, November 25th).