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RFP: Climate-Sensitive Infectious Disease Modelling

Dear All, And now for something really different! With the recent GRAM report (20 Jan 2022 newsletter) showing that AMR is linked to more deaths that HIV or malaria (#AMRSOS! Andrew Jack and FT team have some great graphics for this … check them out!), we now have an absolutely fascinating call from Wellcome Trust for

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Discussing Details of ATMF’s 2021 AMR Benchmark Report!

Dear All, As you may remember, last fall I wrote a newsletter about ATMF’s 3rd update to the AMR Benchmark series. You are encouraged to read the report but in brief, the key messages are (i) the pipeline is small with most innovation coming from small biotech, (ii) stewardship and access planning are increasingly seen (but

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RFP: Gender inequality in AMR (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa)

Dear All, Continuing with the theme of socio-economic inequality and AMR that we discussed in prior newsletters (31 Jan 2022, “RFP: Support For Creating Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers Of Excellence” and 26 Oct 2021, “$50-100k Grants To Address Socioeconomic Outcome Disparities Due To AMR-Related Factors”), we today have an RFP on gender and AMR from the

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EPA (part 3): Streptomycin spray on citrus? Not any more!

This is the third of a 4-part newsletter series. There is an initial 27 Sep 2023 newsletter introducing the EPA concept note, a second (28 Sep 2023) newsletter that expands on the EPA concept note, and finally a 4th newsletter (27 Jan 2024) containing some additional resources. Dear All, Your alert co-reader in Australia (Christine Carson at U Western Australia), wrote recently to alert

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Life Frozen In Time: Bacteria in Unusual Places

Dear All, Pop culture often garbles science in the name of a good storyline but sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Let’s today consider the iconic trope of being frozen in time and coming back to life. This sort of feat is usually limited on the screen to the likes of superheroes but a

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Cinema to Inspire Antibiotic Discovery: Holiday Edition

Dear All, The holidays are upon us, and this seems like a timely reason to send an update to the Movies to Discover Antibiotics By newsletter from 2020. Since sending that particular newsletter, suggestions from readers have been added to the list and I’ve also created YouTube videos exploring some of them. If you are in

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Antibiograms: Polishing a cloudy crystal ball

Dear All, A recent paper by Hasegawa et al. and a multi-paper supplement, both in Clinical Infectious Diseases, combine to provide an interesting message. First, the paper by Hasegawa and colleagues. I’ve taken the title of this newsletter from an accompanying editorial by MacDougall who opens his commentary with “If there is one thing infectious

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Starting 18 May: #SquashSuperbugs, Salt in My Soul (movie), and more!

Dear All, Building on last year’s call from PFID to declare 18 May the annual “Squash Superbugs Day of Action,” we have a flurry of activity beginning tomorrow. See the list just below and participate as much as you can — the hashtag #SquashSuperbugs is highly recommended for your social media posts! In addition to just

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Fireside Chat with AMR Action Fund CIO Martin Heidecker

Dear All, Ahead of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, I sat down with AMR Action Fund Chief Investment Officer Martin Heidecker for a Fireside Chat. It was a fabulous conversation that covered everything from how the Fund’s investment process works to what it’s looking for in portfolio companies to broader investment trends in the AMR space.  As

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