Launched in 2016, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) of the University of Minnesota works to provide support globally to the the infectious disease community via such diverse activities as ASP-oriented podcasts, webinars, journal clubs, and other resources. CIDRAP itself is directed by the renowned epidemiologist Michael Osterholm and their newsletter is always a good source of current news.
There is now an exceptional opportunity for appointment into a newly created role as Director of the ASP. Here’s the link to the job posting (note that this link sometimes generates an error when first clicked — just try it again):
To add some color to the somewhat terse language in the posting, I have learned the following:
- The ASP Director would report to Dr. Osterholm and would manage a substantial staff.
- This is a permanent role with salary provided from the CIDRAP-ASP’s funds.
- Annual renewal of the appointment is contingent on ongoing funding of CIDRAP-ASP from a variety of sources.
- Funding is from major donors: As a current example, Wellcome Trust is funding the next two years of CIDRAP-ASP’s operations
- The job can be done remotely as long as there is reasonable overlap of working hours with Minnesota’s time zone (UTC-6, US Central Time)
- My guess is that anything from UTC-8 (e.g., California) to UTC+1 (e.g., Western Europe) or maybe UTC+2 (e.g., Finland, Lebanon) might be possible
- There is no expectation of relocation to Minnesota
- COVID-permitting, travel would be supported in the range of 2-6 trips per year
- As you might guess from Wellcome’s interest, there is a very strong international element to the ASP’s work
- Providing resources for LMICs is a particular goal: Wellcome has provided a $1.1m 2-year grant in support of this work
Wow! Could this be you? What an extraordinary opportunity! There is no specific cut-off data for applications, but the project is eager to get going … so don’t delay if this is of interest to you!
All best wishes, –jr
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 (most current list is here):
- The US Department of Defense is funding pre-clinical research on small molecules vs. P. aeruginosa. See this newsletter for details. The deadline is 18 Feb 2021.
- FDA have announced two fellowship opportunities (one for research on ordinal endpoints, one for research on endpoints in cUTI), both with a 26 Feb 2021 deadline. See this newsletter for more details.
- CDC has released an RFP entitled “Safe Healthcare, Epidemiology, and Prevention Research Development (SHEPheRD)” that seeks support for a broad range of healthcare epidemiology projects. See this newsletter for details. The deadline is 3 Mar 2021.
- The Stockholm-based PAR Foundation seeks applications for projects with the potential to prevent infections and antimicrobial resistance in the elderly. Grants can be for up to 1M SEK (~$120,000) for projects running up to 3 years. The deadline for applications is 10 Mar 2021; go here for further details.
- JPIAMR has an open research call entitled “One Health interventions to prevent or reduce the development and transmission of AMR.” More details on the call are here; the deadline for pre-proposals is 16 Mar 2021.
- The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) provides no cost support for companies planning to apply for a Phase II, Fast Track, or Direct-to-Phase II SBIR or STTR Award. Go here for details.
- Novo REPAIR Impact Fund closed its most recent round on 31 Jul 2020. Go here for current details.
- CARB-X recently announced that their existing resources will be reserved to fund their existing portfolio (75 total awards, and counting and they conclude contracting on prior rounds), including future options on those awards. New rounds from CARB-X will occur only after new funding is obtained in 2021.
- The Global AMR R&D Hub’s dynamic dashboard (link) summarizes funders and projects by geography, stage, and more.
- It’s not a funder, but AiCuris’ AiCubator offers incubator support to very early stage projects. Read more about it here.
- Finally, you might also be interested in the most current lists of R&D incentives (link) and priority pathogens (link)
Upcoming meetings of interest to the AMR community (most current list is here):
- 2-3 Feb 2021 (online, 1-5p GMT): Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Conference 2021 sponsored by BSAC and GARDP in collaboration with the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (HIPS), the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) and the International Research Alliance for Antibiotic Discovery and Development (IRAADD, a JPIAMR-funded network). Go here for details and to register.
- [NEW] 10 Feb 2021 (online, 15:00-16:30 Geneva/Brazzaville; 09:00 Washington DC;16:00 Cairo; 19:30 Delhi; 22:00 Manila): webinar entitled “International Instruments on Antimicrobial Use.” Sponsored by the Tripartite (FAO, OIE, and WHO), the “Instruments” are things like guidelines or standards related to the use of antimicrobials across the human, animal and plant sectors. The Tripartite has released a summary compilation of current instruments (download the .pdf here) and this webinar will be a tour of the report. Go here to register for the webinar.
- 10-11 Feb 2021 (online, 10a-4p EST): Virtual public meeting of PACCARB (US Presidential Advisory Council on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria). Go here for details.
- 25 Feb 2021 (online, 5-6.30p CET): GARDP-sponsored webinar entitled “From discovery to the pre-clinical antimicrobial candidate,” moderated by Michael Mourez. Go here to register.
- 10-12 Mar 2021 (Stellenbosch, South Africa): The University of Cape Town’s H3D Research Centre will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a symposium covering the Centre’s research on Malaria, TB, Neglected Tropical Diseases, and AMR. Go here to register; abstract deadline is 15 Nov 2020.
- 15-18 Mar 2021 (virtual, EU afternoon timing): The Uppsala Health Summit is focusing this year on “Managing Antimicrobial Resistance through Behaviour Change.” This is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder (policy, industry, academia, civil society) program that focuses on a different topic each year. Go here to for more details.
- 9-12 Jul 2021 (Vienna): Annual ECCMID meeting (#31)
- [NEW] 10-12 May 2021 (virtual): UK-focused Virtual AMR Innovation Mission sponsored by Innovate UK in collaboration with AMR Insights and Oxford innovation. This free 3-day virtual event seeks to connect AMR-focused start-ups, SMEs and Multinationals, Academia, Research Institutes, Regional Development Companies and other interested stakeholders in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world. It will be followed (COVID-willing!) by a face-to-face mission scheduled for 11-15 Oct 2021. Go here for more details.
- 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.
- 24-29 May 2021 (online and in Geneva): ESPID 2021, the 39th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. Save-the-date announcement is here, details to follow.
- 3-7 Jun 2021 (Anaheim), ASM Microbe 2021. Go here for details.
- 20-24 June 2021 (Toronto): International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD-12). Go here for details.
- 20-24 Jun 2021 (virtual, various times): World Microbe Forum sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS). Go here for more details and to register.
- 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.
- [NEW] 11-15 Oct 2021 (physical, somewhere in the UK): UK-focused Innovation Mission sponsored by Innovate UK in collaboration with AMR Insights and Oxford innovation. This free event seeks to connect AMR-focused start-ups, SMEs and Multinationals, Academia, Research Institutes, Regional Development Companies and other interested stakeholders in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world. Go here for more 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. Bonus feature: For obvious reasons, the course didn’t happen in 2020! But as a celebration of the course’s 5th year, a webinar version was held on 29 Oct 2020: go here to stream it.
- 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.