Antimicrobial Resistance & Microbiology
The World Health Organisation cites antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the most significant risks facing the world. AMR threatens global health and development as it impacts on human, animal and plant health and also our environment, water safety and food security. By 2050 it's estimated that antimicrobial resistance will cause 10 million global deaths every year. Often referred to as a 'hidden pandemic', this is an issue on a global scale and our 'One Health' approach focuses on designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes.
Our research focuses on the evolution of resistance in complex microbial communities found in human, animal and environmental microbiomes. We also study the dissemination of AMR at a landscape scale and human exposure and transmission in aquatic environments. Our team has reported to and informed policy for organisations including the Environment Agency, The United Nations Environment Assembly and The European Union.
The following represents the diversity of interdisciplinary work undertaken by teams at ECEHH in this area.