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Calls for proposals: US CDC, UK-China, Wellcome Trust

Dear All: As we head into the Easter and Passover weekend, three new calls for proposals have emerged! Perhaps one of these is for you? The US CDC has released a Broad Agency Announcement (FY2018-OADS-BAA) seeking proposals for projects across a range of areas (diagnostics, transmission, microbiome disruption, resistance genes in the environment, and stewardship). Initial proposals

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Jan-Feb meetings; CDC releases Healthcare Epidemiology RFP

Dear All: Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to take a least a brief break over the holidays. Two things for today. First, there are two meetings in January and one in February that have just popped onto my radar. See the meetings calendar for a pair of Keystone Symposia on the microbiome,

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FDA-NIAID-CDC: Developing drugs for gonorrhea, 23 Apr 21 workshop

Dear All, FDA, NIAID and CDC have announced a public workshop on development considerations of antimicrobial drugs for the treatment of gonorrhea. The workshop will cover both nonclinical (preclinical) and clinical trial design considerations: Animal models Clinical pharmacology considerations Trial design considerations for gonorrhea, such as enrollment strategies, choice of comparators and site of infection.

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CDC call for AMR-related proposals: 13 Jan 2021 deadline for white papers

Dear All, Just out is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA 75D301-21-R-71738) from CDC with a 13 Jan 2021 deadline for white papers. The webpage for the BAA is here and you’ll need to look at the .pdf of the solicitation to understand all the possibilities. The AMR-related research areas include calls for proposals that would: Improve identification of bacteria

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Initiatives for addressing AMR in the environment: Reports from a joint WT, CDC, and UK-SIN project

Dear All: The United Kingdom Science and Innovation Network (UK-SIN), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), and the Wellcome Trust (WT) have recently released a white paper highlighting the potential for the environment (e.g., soil and water) to be a source of antimicrobial-resistant microbes that can affect human health: Executive Summary: Initiatives

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Pew’s SPARK goes live / FDA on Master Protocols and Adaptive Designs / CDC’s Fungal Awareness Week

Dear All: Potpourri! Four things of note… First, Pew’s SPARK (Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge) has now gone live. Seeking to address a core issue in Pew’s Scientific Roadmap for Antibiotic Discovery, SPARK is a cloud-based sharing tool for data on how molecules enter and stay inside of Gram-negative bacteria. To learn more, mark your calendar

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CDC funds more than 20 AMR-focused projects!

​Dear All:  CDC has today announced $9m in funding for more than 20 new projects focused on slowing or combating antimicrobial resistance. Part of the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, these projects span a broad range that includes surveillance (C. auris, antibiotic resistance in a watershed, antibiotic resistance in poultry farms), diagnostics (POC tools, what’s in hospital sewage

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India bans food ag use of colistin / CDC updates report on US use of antibiotics

Dear All, Two mid-week notes: First (and huge!), India’s Ministry of Health issued a notification last week prohibiting the “manufacture, sale and distribution of the drug colistin and its formulations for food-producing animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal feed supplements” because such use is “likely to involve risk to human beings.” You can find this on multiple

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