In case you missed it, the 4th AMR Conference sponsored by BEAM, CARB-X, Novo REPAIR, Wellcome Trust, the UK, and many others (link) is in full swing through Friday 28 Aug. The webinar technology is working well, the content is excellent, I’m seeing several hundred participants in the sessions, and chat rooms are happening between sessions. Please register (link) and participate!
In parallel, the Global AMR R&D Hub’s Dynamic Dashboard has extended its summary of global funding (link) by this week launching an incentives gallery. Suzanne Edwards presented this new feature just today at the AMR Conference: it is meant to be a regularly updated tracker for global efforts to create incentives of any type and scale. Here is the link to that part of the dashboard (link) as well as a link to the top-level of the dashboard (link). Both the incentives gallery and and funding summary permit you to filter by region and other attributes … I encourage you to spend a few minutes exploring so you’ll know what’s here.
This is a very welcome work in progress and I’m sure the hub team would love to have feedback (link)! Louise Norton-Smith, Head of Global Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy & Delivery for the UK’s Department of Health & Social Care, says in her commentary on the launch (link) that “…it has been gratifying to see how the Global AMR R&D Hub’s Dynamic Dashboard is evolving and maturing, not least with the recent addition of the information on animal health AMR-related R&D. Our respective National Action Plans attest to just how aware we are that it is only through cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-country collaboration that sustainable solutions to the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance will be found.”
All best wishes and stay safe in these challenging times of COVID, –jr
PS: Please also be sure to read and share Maryn McKenna’s superb articles on CARB-X in the Boston Globe (link) and the financial paradox of antibiotics in Nature (link). These articles are written for a non-technical audience and are among the clearest discussions I’ve ever seen of the whole problem … very highly recommended!
John H. Rex, MD | Chief Medical Officer, F2G Ltd. | Operating Partner, Advent Life Sciences. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnRex_NewAbx. See past newsletters and subscribe for the future: https://amr.solutions/blog/. All opinions are my own.
Current funding opportunities:
- Novo REPAIR Impact Fund closed its most recent round on 31 Jul 2020. Go here for current details.
- 2020 funding rounds for CARB-X have not been announced.
- The Global AMR R&D Hub’s dynamic dashboard (link) summarizes funders and projects by geography, stage, and more.
Upcoming meetings of interest to the AMR community:
- 24-28 Aug 2020 (online, 9.45a-18.30p CEST daily): BEAM Alliance-sponsored AMR Conference. Go here for details.
- September 2020. University of Sheffield (UK). Applications are being taken for a new 1-year (full-time) or 2-year (part-time) Masters of Science course in Antimicrobial Resistance. The program runs annually from September and covers microbiology, clinical practice and policy. The course webpage is here.
- 9-10 Sep 2020 (Washington, DC): US PACCARB public meeting. Go here for details.
- 21-25 Oct 2019 (online meeting), IDWeek 2020. Go here for details.
- 26-29 Oct 2020 (online meeting), Annual ESPID meeting (European Society for Pediatric ID, #38)
- 27 Oct 2020 (online meeting), BARDA Industry Day, a discussion of U.S. Government medical countermeasure priorities. Mark your calendar now and watch this website for details.
- 9-12 Jul 2021 (Vienna): Annual ECCMID meeting (#31)
- 18-21 May 2021 (Albuquerque, New Mexico): Biannual meeting of the MSGERC (Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium). Save-the-date announcement is here, details to follow.
- 20-24 June 2021 (Toronto): International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD-12). Go here for details.
- 3-7 Jun 2021 (Anaheim), ASM Microbe 2021. Go here for details.
- 27 Jun-2 Jul 2021 (Ventura, CA): Gordon Research Conference entitled “Antimicrobial Peptides”. Go here for details, go here for the linked 26-27 Jun Gordon Research Seminar that precedes it.
- 5-21 Aug 2021 (Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA): Residential course entitled “Molecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis.” This 2-week intensive training program has run annually for many years and gets outstanding reviews. Go here for details.
- 8-11 Oct 2021 (Aberdeen, Scotland): 10th Trends in Medical Mycology. Go here for details.
- 16-24 Oct 2021 (Annecy, France): Interdisciplinary Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe). This is a soup-to-nuts residential course on antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, and antibiotic R&D. The course is very intense, very detailed, and gets rave reviews. Registration is here and is limited to 40 students.
- 6-11 Mar 2022 (Il Ciocco, Tuscany): Gordon Research Conference entitled “New Antibacterial Discovery and Development”. Go here for details, go here for the linked 5-6 Mar Gordon Research Seminar that precedes it.