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Aston Multidisciplinary Research for Antimicrobial Resistance, the AMR4AMR project, is generating an active and vibrant research environment that brings together researchers from across Aston to focus holistically on the problem of antimicrobial drug resistance to find new and innovative solutions. 

Antimicrobial resistance, the ability of microorganisms to overcome almost all of the antimicrobial treatments that we currently have, has been identified as one of the main challenges facing the 21st century. Unless we find new approaches to deal with these bugs, it might not be long before we will find ourselves in a situation similar to times before the development of the penicillins, where simple infections turn out to have deadly consequences.  

Through the generation of an environment that is actively supporting an interdisciplinary approach, new and innovative science and engineering and better practices are being developed; these are providing the foundation for ensuring we stay one step ahead of the superbugs.

Read the full summary of the AMR4AMR project.                                          EPSRC logo

Open Funding Calls

New opportunities added!

Please see 'Funding Opportunities' for all the calls that are currently open.
Contact Anthony O'Donnell (odonnea3@aston.ac.uk) for further information.

Professor Andrew Pitt
Professor Andrew Pitt
Professor Andrew Pitt:

Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Aston. His D.Phil. focused on understanding the mechanism of isopenicillin-N synthase. Since then his research has taken an interdisciplinary approach to tackling difficult questions in biology and medicine, especially using the combination of chemistry, biology, engineering and mathematics. He has been working at the forefront of technological and methodological development of post-genomic technologies for systems biology for many years, and in translating this new technology to useful biological experimentation. 

He has been focussed on protein-protein interactions as a critical aspect of combinatorial complexity in biology, in taking a systems-wide approach to understanding biological pathways and their control, and on the role of protein modifications in regulation and dysregulation of biology. 

He has over 140 publications across a range of disciplines from engineering to medicine, and a history of successful large-scale grant funding from many sources. He has led a number of major interdisciplinary projects.

Professor Peter Lambert
Professor Peter Lambert

Professor Peter Lambert 
Peter Lambert worked on the discovery of new antibiotics at Glaxo Group Research in the 1970s. He moved to Aston University as a Lecturer in Microbiology in 1980 where he continued his research on antibiotic resistance, healthcare-related infections and mechanisms of bacterial virulence. He is Professor of Microbial Chemistry in Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, working on rapid tests for diagnosis of infection, investigating new ways to overcome antibiotic resistance, treat bacterial infections and reduce the rates of healthcare-associated infections.

Professor Brian Tighe
Professor Brian Tighe 

Professor of Polymer Chemistry; Director of Biomaterials Research Unit [ Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry ] 

Professor Tighe's research focuses on the design, synthesis and applications of biomedical polymers, a significant proportion of which are hydrogels, a term frequently used to describe polymers swollen with water. Current interests include novel materials for ophthalmic applications, drug delivery systems, bioadhesive polymers, synthetic materials for articular cartilage, lung surfactant and cornea. The research is interdisciplinary and involves strong interactive connections with relevant industrial companies.

He was awarded the OBE for services to higher education and for pioneering research in the field of bio-medical polymers. Close ties to industry have allowed him to make significant contributions to the nation’s health and wellbeing, leading to wealth creation, employment opportunities and a reduction in the cost of healthcare.

Dmitry Nerukh photo
Dr Dmitry Nerukh
Dr. Dmitry Nerukh

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics at Aston. After obtaining his Chemistry Degree and PhD at Kharkov State University he worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Nevada, Leeds and Kharkov State University. 

•Complexity of dynamical systems. Computing the complexity of physical systems. Informational contents of physical dynamics of molecular systems. 

•Bohmian quantum dynamics. Applying Bohmian mechanics to real molecular systems. Methods for effective propagating Bohmian quantum trajectories for multidimensional systems. New numerical methods for this propagation which handle large number of degrees of freedom. 

•Protein folding. Mesoscale dynamics of the solvated protein. Complexity of the dynamics of the system at various molecular levels. 

•Vibrational and rotational dynamics of molecules. Structure and dynamics of interparticle interactions in liquids. Theories of interpretation of vibrational spectra to obtain microdynamic parameters of liquid electrolyte solutions. 

•Decomposition of experimental spectra into individual bands of complex shape, the problem of line shape and obtaining parameters from spectra consisting of extensively overlapping bands. 

•Methods of global optimisation in spectroscopy related problems. Methods for robust fitting experimental spectra using object-oriented approaches and C++.

Angela Jeffery REO
Dr Angela Jeffery

Dr Angela Jeffery: Strategic Business Partner

I gained my BSc in Botany with Microbiology at The University of Nottingham and went onto work at the John Innes Centre and then the Scottish Crop Research Institute. I then undertook a D. Phil in Molecular Biology at The University of Oxford. I then consulted for CellFor Inc before taking up a Head of Pharmaceutical Conferences role at SMi. As Enterprise Manager at St George's, University of London I raised £1.6M to set up the Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, engage in the WestFocus consortium and the Heptagon Proof of Concept Fund. I was also awarded MSc in IP Management (Queen Mary, University of London), secured £4.3M from the Wellcome Trust for an Asthma therapeutic programme and set up spinouts and licencing deals.

At Aston University I manage Strategic Partnerships and work with academics to set up collaborations with companies. I have also acted as an Expert Reviewer for the EU.

Dr Karen Woodhall
Dr Karen Woodhall

Dr Karen Woodhall, Strategic Funding Manager (LHS and AMS):

Following a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Bristol (investigating interactions between oculomotor and locomotor control in the cerebellum), I secured funding from Action Research to continue this research in patients with Cerebellar Ataxia and Parkinson’s disease.  In 2002, I left academic research to join the Research Councils as an Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Manager, protecting and commercialising intellectual property from Research Council Institutes across the UK.  I moved to Aston in 2004, joining the Business Partnership Unit as a Business Development Manager, working across all schools to help identify, protect and commercialise intellectual property.  When the Research Support Office expanded in 2007, I joined the team as Strategic Funding Manager in Life and Health Sciences, facilitating research grant activities.  More recently, with the growth of research activity associated with Aston Medical School, I have taken on responsibility for research development in both LHS and AMS. 

Tony O'Donnell
Anthony O'Donnell

Anthony O’Donnell: AMR4AMR Project Manager 

Qualifications: BSc Mathematics (University of Southampton), Certificate in Computer Studies (Birmingham City University)

Experience: A wide range of administrative roles within Higher Education at the University of Birmingham (1975-2009) and Birmingham City University (2011- 2015). Roles have included project managing the HESA Individualised Student Return, Higher Education Early Statistics return, REF student statistics, Funding bids, TDA returns, Timetabling and Student Attendance ,Maintaining and developing University Student Record System, School administration, Forecasting Student numbers and Tuition fee Income.

Dr Tony Worthington
Dr Tony Worthington

Dr Tony Worthington
I am a HCPC registered Reader in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease at Aston.  I am a Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, Member of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My PhD focused upon the serological response to short chain exocellular lipoteichoic acid produced by Staphylococcus epidermidis. Subsequently I undertook clinical research into intravascular device related sepsis, Propionibacterium acnes and its association with chronic lower back pain, MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Research interests revolve around antimicrobial resistance and the potential applications of antimicrobial metals. Since 2004, I have been awarded £1,000,000 of research funding to explore novel strategies in infection and its control including: improved skin antisepsis, the development of a patented hard surface disinfection for elimination of antimicrobial resistant biofilms and the development of a patented germination-biocide formulation for elimination of antimicrobial resistant spores of Clostridium difficile and other clinically relevant microorganisms from within the clinical setting.

Professor Roslyn Bill
Professor Roslyn Bill

Professor Roslyn Bill
Professor of Biotechnology at Aston University. She previously worked at institutions in Sweden, USA and the UK having obtained a BA (Hons) Natural Science (Chemistry) and a DPhil at Oxford University.

A main theme of our research activity is developing yeast as a “cell factory” to make membrane proteins in sufficient quantity and of appropriate quality for further study. Our approach is to move away from “trial and error” and to rationalize recombinant protein production by understanding the host cell response to it. We aim to:

• increase the volumetric yield;
• increase the yield “per cell”; and 
• understand the molecular mechanisms involved.   

A second theme of our work is examining in detail the regulation of water channel proteins (aquaporins), which is one of the protein families we produce in our yeast cell factories and are of interest as novel drug targets. We were the first to show that AQP1 is regulated by extracellular water availability. 

Professor Anthony Hilton
Professor Anthony Hilton

Professor Anthony Hilton
Professor of Microbiology and Head of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Aston.  A fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.  He obtained a PhD at the University of Birmingham after graduating in Biological Sciences (first class honours) from the University of Wolverhampton. A Clinical Scientist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital before starting his career as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham.  

Research interests include applied microbiology (food and clinical), molecular microbiology, Salmonella, Campylobacte, MRSA and Escherichia coli O157, Clostridium difficile, molecular epidemiology, typing of microorganisms and insect vectors of disease. 

Professional interests include science communication and microbiology education, working with the legal sector and inspiring children with microbiology. He has made numerous television appearances including the One Show.  He regularly appears in schools and at science festivals to educate the public on the hidden world of microbes; in 2011 he was given the Peter Wildy award for outstanding contribution to microbiology education by the Society for General Microbiology.

Dr Richard Martin
Dr Richard Martin
Dr Richard Martin

Senior Lecturer in Material Physics. In 2016 he was appointed deputy director of the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA). 

He obtained a PhD and BSc (1st class) at the University of Bath, later obtaining a PGCHE at the University of Kent. 

Before joining Aston University, he worked at the Universities of Bath, Oxford and Kent.

His research interest include glass and neutron scattering. In 2016 he won the Vittorio Gottardi Prize and the Aston achievement award for research. In 2015 he was elected chair of the Basic Science and Technology Committee, Society of Glass Technology and joined the local organising committee for the Society of Glass Technology Centenary Conference (SGT100) and the 2016 European Society of Glass Conference (ESG 2016).  He also joined the local organising for the 9th International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts and the 2nd International Conference on Phosphate Materials. 

Michael Stich
Michael Stich

Michael Stich
I am a Lecturer in Mathematics at Aston University. I studied Physics at FU Berlin and Granada, and wrote my doctoral thesis in the Department of Physical Chemistry in the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. My doctoral degree in Physics was awarded from TU Berlin. Then, I went on to work in many cross-disciplinary projects in the University Complutense of Madrid (Pluridisciplinary Institute), Center for Astrobiology (INTA-CSIC) in Madrid (Dept. Molecular Evolution), The Polytechnical University of Madrid (Dept. Applied Mathematics), and as Research Associate at Harvard University (Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences).

My research interests revolve around the modelling of complex dynamical processes, mostly in chemistry and biology. Examples include spatio-temporal dynamics in systems with reaction and diffusion, chemical oscillations, the evolution of populations of RNA molecules and RNA viruses, and simple replicator models in the context of the origin of life. For more information, see: http://www.aston.ac.uk/eas/staff/a-z/dr-michael-stich/

Dr Corrine Spickett
Dr Corrine Spickett

Dr Corrine Spickett
Currently a Reader at Aston. At Oxford University she obtained a BA (Hons) Biochemistry and a DPhil on the application of NMR to study yeast bioenergetics in vivo. Following postdoctoral work using NMR to investigate stress responses in plants and glutathione metabolism in preeclamptic toxaemia, Dr Spickett became a Glaxo-Jack Research Lecturer in the Department of Immunology at the University of Strathclyde. Her main field of expertise is oxidative stress and redox signaling, involving mass spectrometry approaches to measure phospholipid and protein oxidation in inflammation. She has also worked for a number of years on the role of redox balance in determining antimicrobial resistance to biocides. Allergan Inc. funded work on the antimicrobial effects of benzalkonium chloride and oxychloro compounds (hypochlorous acid and sodium chlorite) in Gram +ve and Gram –ve microorganisms. She has also worked on the biocidal potential of novel silver compounds, in collaboration with chemists at the University of Strathclyde. 

Dr Jonathan Cox
Dr Jonathan Cox

Dr Jonathan Cox
I joined Aston University in 2016 as a Lecturer in Microbiology in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS). Prior to that, I was a Research Fellow funded by the Tres Cantos Open Lab Foundation (TCOLF), operated by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Madrid under their Diseases in the Developing World directive. I was also previously a Research Associate in the Institute of Microbiology and Infection (IMI) at the University of Birmingham immediately after completing my Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Drug Discovery under the supervision of Prof. Gurdyal Besra. Before that, I completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Biochemistry at University of Birmingham, where my interest in the biology and biochemistry of microorganisms began. My research interests surround the discovery of new antibiotics and identifying the exact mechanism by which those antibiotics kill bacteria. Finding new “mechanisms of action” reveals novel drug targets that can be exploited in the battle against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). New, improved antibiotics and a greater understanding of how to use them will help to slow the progression of AMR, saving countless lives in the future.    

Live projects:
Principle Investigator:  Dr Michael Stitch
Dr Dmitry Nerukh and Dr Zita Balklava
"MS2 bacteriophage as computational model for tackling AMR in E. coli" now live. 

Principle Investigator:  Professor Brian Tighe
Co-Investigator: Professor Peter Lambert

"Antimicrobial properties of light-activated hydrogel wound dressings" now live.

Principle Investigator: Dr  Darren Flower
Co-Investigator: Dr Dmitry Nerukh
"New antibiotics from repurposed drugs: a tractable pilot study coupling computational and experimental analysis." now live.
Principle Investigator:  Professor Andrew Pitt
Co-Investigator:Professor Peter Lamber & Dr Dan Rathbone

"Chemical Proteomics for Identification of Target and off Target Effects of Antimicrobials" now live.

Principle Investigator:  Dr Haitoa Ye
Co-Investigator: Professor Peter Lambert & Professor Abdrew Pitt

"Surface functionalised nanodiamonds for antimicrobial resistance research" now live.

Principle Investigator: Dr  Yulan He
Co-Investigator: Dr 
Darren Flower
"Mining Social Media for the Detection of Adverse Drug, Antibiotic, and Vaccine Adjuvant Reactions" now live.

Principle Investigator: Dr  Corinne Spickett

Co-Investigators: Petra van Koningsbruggen & Dr Dan Rathbone
"Developing novel silver complexes as  enhanced antimicrobial agents for surface disinfection" now live.

Principle Investigator: Dr  Sarah Junaid
Tony Worthington, Dr  Lindsay Marshall & Dr  Richard Martin

"Development of a viable in vitro skin and bacterial model to study bacterial growth and wound healing under mechanical strain" now live.


Completed projects:

Principle Investigator:  Sahar Al-Malaika 
Co-Investigators:  Tony Worthington & 
Dan Rathbone 
"Development of targeted polymer surfaces for the control of microbial infection:  Clostridium difficile  germination and antimicrobial activity ".

New Collaborators will be announced here 

This project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (www.epsrc.ac.uk).


Funding is available for the following activities:

The Academy of Medical Sciences are delighted to announce the inaugural call for applications to the Hamied Foundation UK-India AMR Visiting Professorship scheme.

The scheme, supported by the Yusuf and Farida Hamied Foundation and endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer for England, will offer awards of £5000 to facilitate UK researchers wishing to visit India, to develop long-term collaborations in the highly-important area of antimicrobial resistance research. 

Please find an eFlyer attached with further information.  

Deadline for applications is Friday 06 April 2018, 16:00 GMT and details on how to apply can be found on the scheme webpage.

If there are any enquiries, please direct these to amr@acmedsci.ac.uk.


The Medical Research Foundation has invested £2.85m (to date) to create a national training programme designed to help train new researchers to understand AMR in in a way that crosses traditional boundaries between research disciplines and sectors, and to explore ways of tackling AMR by developing a strong and active network of researchers with multidisciplinary skills who will be able to develop, undertake and, potentially, lead AMR research in the future.

The National Training Programme is endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, and is designed to link up students studying AMR in the UK across all the disciplines and add value to their current studies through residential interdisciplinary training courses (all expenses paid), annual AMR conferences, networking events and a bespoke online learning environment.

The cohort will be maintained over time by inviting new PhD students each year and when students graduate they can choose to remain in the network as an alumni member to maintain links with their peers. They may also be invited to help inform and assist the current generation of AMR researchers at future training events.     

Invitation and Application form National PhD Training Programme in AMR


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) -Theme 3 of the RCUK AMR initiative, Understanding Real World InteractionsCLOSED     

Innovate UK have released a new call for capital funding for equipment to advance the UK’s ability to tackle the global challenge of AMR including speeding up product development.  CLOSED   

Innovate UK and Departmen for Health: Collaborative grant call on innovation in health and life sciences which includes some AMR  CLOSED

ESRC Funding:  Tackling antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting  CLOSED 

ESPRC:  Healthcare Impact Partnerships 2016/17  CLOSED

Seedcorn Projects:   up to £15,000 per project. Short, pump-priming research projects that create new partnerships between researchers and break new ground. Preference will be given to projects that include elements of health psychology, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutics, business or the built environment, or applications led by new members of staff employed since 1st January 2016. CLOSED 

Innovation vouchers:  up to £20,000 per project. Matched funds for working with an Industrial partner.  Matched funds from Industrial partner can be in kind.  Applications for funds to take research from Seedcorn Projects on to a commercial collaboration are particularly encouraged. CLOSED 

Teaching relief:   Flexible funding. Funds to support relief from teaching duties to free up time to develop cross-disciplinary research and collaborations.  The nature of the relief needs to be discussed with line managers.  Examples are relief from a specific module, lab demonstrating, tutorial groups or marking.   CLOSED 

Discipline-hopping fellowships: Up to £10,000 per Fellowship. Bringing leading researchers to Aston for a longer-term visit to exchange knowledge and ideas that could impact the antimicrobial resistance field.  CLOSED 

Paired conferences: funding dependent on conference. Funds for two Aston researchers to attend together a conference relevant to the AMR agenda, one researcher from the field of the conference, the other from a different discipline.  CLOSED 

Conference fund: up to £20,000 per conference. Funds towards the costs of bringing International conferences relevant to the AMR agenda to Aston.  CLOSED     


For further information, clarification or informal discussion please contact Prof. Andrew Pitt (ext: 3005, a.r.pitt@aston.ac.uk).  CLOSED   

‘Antimicrobial Resistance – A global challenge’ by Professor Peter HawkeyUniversity of Birmingham
Date:  Friday 23 March, 10:00am 
Location: MB241, Main Building,  Aston University

Peter has published over 250 research papers in the areas of molecular evolution and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, Clostridium difficile, tuberculosis faecal microbiota transplantation and molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and advisory boards on these topic areas. He is currently involved in shaping UK national policy on nosocomial infection control and antibiotic resistance by chairing and participating in expert groups and committees in the UK and Europe. Peter Hawkey is a leading member of the SRMRC.

Peter was recently mentioned in press articles about a new study revealing that travellers to areas of the world with high rates of antibiotic resistant bacteria such as South Asia and the Middle East are more likely to carry superbugs.

Tea and cakes and an opportunity to network will be provided.

Past events   

Invite to Aston's Multidisciplinary Research for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR4AMR) celebration event 
Date: Thursday 18th January (Afternoon) and Friday 19th January (Afternoon - Optional)
Location: Conference Aston (Aston University Campus)

The AMR4AMR project will be hosting an event to celebrate the research and other activities that have been made possible by the EPSRC funded AMR4AMR Bridging the Gaps funding. It is hoped that the event will include:

•    Scientific sessions with local speakers from selected funded projects at Aston and external speakers looking at the future of AMR research 

•    A poster session 

•    A networking dinner 

•    A forward planning session on the next steps for AMR research 

This will be an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the outcomes of the various projects and events funded by the AMR4AMR, to network with local and external academic and industrial researchers, and to look ahead to how the AMR agenda should be pursued after the AMR4AMR project closes. 

Overnight accommodation can be provided on Thursday night​ if needed.

For more information and to register your attendance please contact:

Anthony O'Donnell 
AMR4AMR Project Manager
0121 204 5243

Bacteriocin based antibiotics as novel therapeutics 
MB554, 1pm, Thursday 28 September 2017
Dr Mathew Upton, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry 
In Plymouth, we are developing a new class of antibiotics for use in preventing and treating infections caused by ‘superbugs’ like MRSA. These new antibiotics work in completely different ways to current antibiotics and have excellent potential for use against drug resistant infections. In recent trials, a single dose of one of these new antibiotics was as effective as six doses of the current therapy, which justifies development towards clinical trials in humans. 
Tea and cakes and an opportunity to network will be provided.

Molecules to mechanism: Understanding antibiotic resistance in relation to how bacteria make their cell walls. Presenter:  Professor David Roper (University of Warwick) 
Room: MB550
Date and time: Thursday 25 May 2017, 2pm 

The Drugs Don’t Work – A Tale of Resistance 
Location: Cheltenham Science Festival, The Crucible 
Dates: 7th June, 6-7pm 

Tackling the global issue of antibiotic resistance with light-hearted sketches, microbiologist Professor Anthony Hilton and his team of experts deliver a stage play with a difference. What happens when we misuse antibiotics? What happens when they stop working altogether? And what can we all do to prevent the antibiotic apocalypse?

This event was funded by  EPSRC and part sponsored by Biomaster.   

Thursday 11 May 2017,  MB550, 2pm 
Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance using hi-tech and low-tech approaches
Dr Paul Hoskisson (University of Strathclyde) 

AMR Roadshow 
Location: Aston University
Dates: 27th & 28th April

The Aston University Antimicrobial (AMR) Roadshow is taking place on the 27th/28th April 2017 and is aimed at engaging with year-10 students from local academies (Aston Engineering, Walsall and Woodgreen) to raise awareness of the current worldwide problem of antimicrobial resistance. The AMR Roadshow is led by Dr Tony Worthington and his colleagues from Microbiology, Pharmacy and Chemical/Biochemical Engineering and comprises a series of short presentations and interactive laboratory sessions which cover: discovery of penicillin, its production and pharmacokinetics; introductory microbiology; MRSA and infection control; antibiotics and resistance mechanisms.       

AMR videos based on the schools  roadshow:

Big Bang Fair 2017 
Location: NEC Birmingham
Dates: March 15 -18th 2017

Aston University’s interactive “Infection Investigation” stand aims to teach you about the role of micro-organisms in infectious diseases. You’ll have the opportunity to investigate how diseases are transmitted and how easily they can spread. The activity will demonstrate the importance of hand washing in preventing the spread of infection, and will highlight the implications associated with the rise in anti-microbial resistance to antibiotics. 

Event activities:

  • Correct handwashing procedure via use of Glitter Bug Potion, UV lightboxes and on site handwashing station
  • Bacteria identification using including staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and Neisseria meningitides 
  • Longitude Prize ’Superbug’ application game which sees players fight to destroy deadly bacteria and keep antibiotics working for as long as possible.

 This event was funded by  EPSRC and part sponsored by Biomaster.

The Drugs Don’t Work – A Tale of Resistance 
Location: Thinktank Museum, Birmingham
Dates: 5th (school visit) & 13th (Easter family day) April

Antibiotics are now a common part of life, most people will have been prescribed a course by their GP. But what happens when people misuse them? When they are over prescribed? Or when they stop working?

With clever use of dramatic excerpts and a panel of experts led by Anthony Hilton, Professor of Microbiology and star of Grime Scene Investigators (BBC Three), this ‘Meet the Experts’ play will answer these questions and many more common misconceptions about antibiotics.

Audience members will get the opportunity to vote on a range of scenarios and the chance to ask questions of our experts; who include a pharmacist, microbiologist, social scientist and clinician.

The Aston experts will also be offering you the chance to find out more about how bacteria travel, how it can make you ill and how antibiotics work on their ‘Infection Investigation’ Science Busking stand. Expect microscopes, giant E.coli and lots of UV gel! 

This event was funded by  EPSRC and part sponsored by Biomaster. 

AMR4AMR Play - The Drugs Don’t Work – A Tale of Resistance

Thursday 13th April - The Drugs Don’t Work: A Tale of Resistance 
Join Aston University’s Professor Anthony Hilton and the Hobgoblin Theatre Company for a stage play with a difference. Antibiotics are now a common part of life, most people will have been prescribed a course by their GP. But what happens when people misuse them? When they are over prescribed? Or when they stop working?

Presented by Professor Pater Lambert, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University 

Presentation:Superbugs the end of antibiotics - Lichfield

Tuesday 13th December -  Engineering bacteriophages for treating antimicrobial resistance using computational models 
Bacteriophages are increasingly being revisited as potential novel antimicrobials due to their specificity and ability to target and kill bacterial pathogens. Next generation antimicrobials, phages and engineered phages are considered to be of highest importance, but considerable research and investment is necessary to harness their utility. In this workshop, we discuss recent advances in the field of Molecular Dynamics, high resolution experimental techniques, and modelling approaches including multiscale methods for tackling antimicrobial resistance.

Aston University, Main Building, room MB146        

Materials Research at Aston - The potential for new inter-school collaborations 
Dr Paul Topham gave an overview of materials expertise in the Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) before Dr Laura Leslie presented work on biomedical implants and Professor Brian Tighe discussed his research on biomaterials. Focus of the session was on how materials can be designed and developed to explore collaborations in anti-microbial resistance. 
Click  herefor the presentation.  

Friday 18 November, 9am - 4pm – Antibiotic Awareness
To mark  World Antibiotic Awareness Week (14 -18 November), the School of Life and Health Sciences will be promoted good health in the upper foyer of the Main Building and, in conjunction with our NHS partners, at hospitals in Birmingham.  Activities included physical demonstrations, hands-on activities, cake sales and other research fundraising events for Antibiotic Research UK. 
Click here for photos from the event!

Chemistry; what is it good for? 
Tuesday 15 November 2016, 12pm – AMR4AMR seminar series.
Click here for the Presentation. (Please note there were some technical issues when recording this seminar so the sound might not be the best of quality).

Using phage ecology, dynamics and model systems to inform phage therapy development 
Wednesday 15th June 2016

Modelling of Biomolecular systems and their relevance for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
Click  herefor the Presentation   

Friday 6th May 2016

Antimicrobial resistance: What can my technique/knowledge do for you? 
Friday 4 March 2016 

Antibiotic resistance: how did we get here and what can we do?   
Click  herefor the Presentation 
Thursday 28th January 2016

If you are interested in attending any of the events below, please contact Anthony O'Donnell


Past events   

Early Career Researcher workshop on diagnostics for Antimicrobial Resistance 
20 November 2017
Burlington House, London, UK                        

Antimicrobial Resistance Conference in collaboration with the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry   

Date:  23-24 November 2017 

Antibiotic Research UK - Annual Lecture 
Date:  Wednesday 11th October 2017
Location:  Attlee Room at Portcullis House, Westminster
The programme for the afternoon’s event can be found  HERE.

The Drugs Don't Work: Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance & Host-Pathogen Interaction   
Date:  19-20 Sept 2017
Location:  The Diamond, University of Sheffield

5th Mol Micro & 4th M4 Meeting 
Date:  Wednesday 13th (09:00) - Thursday 14th September 2017 (18:00) 
Birmingham B15 2TT, Designation and research interest, Edgbaston, UK, University of Birmingham

Antimicrobial resistance conference 
Date:  7-8th September 
Nottingham University
Conference Agenda

The AMR conference will include:
• series of keynote speakers on drug discovery, human health, animal health, the environment and food security
• panel discussions and round table discussions with other attendees
• poster presentations and networking opportunities
• upcoming funding call information from key AMR funders
• overview of the novel AMR work being conducted at The University of Nottingham 

Quantitative approaches to antimicrobial resistance 
Date:  20-21 July
Location:  Edinburgh, EICC
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been described by Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, as a “Threat to humanity on a par with climate change”. It is an area that has recently received an injection of funds through a number of cross-council calls in the UK, and is a priority in the delivery plan of MRC, BBSRC and EPSRC. As such, AMR is a highly topical area that has a growing biophysics community across a range of areas from instrumentation for interrogating living bacteria and their interaction with the host, to the application of statistical physics to the development of resistance genes.

In the previous PoL bacteria, infection and biofilms formed the focus of successful workshops and it was clear that there is a growing biological physics community in these areas with strong existing networks spanning into biology. This workshop aims to consolidate some of those links, to build new ones, and to bring focus to bare on a clear societal challenge. 

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar
Date Thursday, 6th July 2017 
Location Central London 
Priorities for combating antimicrobial resistance: funding, research and clinical practice  with  Lord O’Neill of Gatley, Chair, Review on Antimicrobial Resistance  and  Professor Alan Johnson, Head, Department of HCAI and AMR National Infection Service, Public Health England and James Anderson, Chair, Antibiotic Network, ABPI and Head of Corporate Government Affairs, GSK

with contributions from:  Dr Suzy Lishman, Royal College of Pathologists and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;  Dr Anita Sharma, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and NICE Quality Standard Advisory Committee;  Harpal Dhillon, Royal Pharmaceutical Society  and Daniel White, Cepheid and BIVDA
If you are interested in attending please let us know at  amr4amr@aston.ac.uk   

National Symposium - Bridging the Gaps between EPS and AMR
National symposium showcasing research from the 11 UK Bridging the Gaps recipients (funded by the EPSRC as part of a cross-council initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance).
Here are some symposium photos:

BristolBridge 2nd Annual Conference and Impact & Industry Day: Building Partnerships to Tackle the Global Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance 
Wednesday 10 May - Thursday 11 May, 2017 
Location: School of Chemistry (LT3 and East Foyer), University of Bristol.
The event will opened by the Pro Vice Chancellor for Health, Prof. John Iredale, and will showcase research projects funded by BristolBridge, our impact activities and opportunities for partnering with industry.  If you are interested in attending please let us know at  amr4amr@aston.ac.uk   

Invitation to NAMRIP Summer Conference - 5th June 2017 
Join University of Southampton to hear results from the many pump  priming projects that were funded from our EPSRC Network for Antimicrobial Action 'Bridging the Gap' call funding. Topics; ranging from changing behaviour in healthcare settings to how cilia in our respiratory passages can fight microbes with special sugars; will present a picture of an on-going battle against Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) where research engineers have worked alongside colleagues from social and human sciences and medicine to find solutions to this global problem.  

AMR networking event at the University of Warwick on the 29 March 2017.  The event is organised by the  Innovative Manufacturing Global Research Priorities   in conjunction with  Warwick Antimicrobial Interdisciplinary Centre. 

  The event is an opportunity to foster collaborative links with partners from other universities who share an interest in tackling antimicrobial resistance with EPS research. It is aimed atearly career academics (Doctorate student to Assistant Professor) interested in applying  engineering, manufacturing and physical sciences  to tackle  antimicrobial resistance, e.g. innovative materials and structures, drug delivery, smart surfaces, diagnostics . It offers the chance to win funding for collaborations, travel, internships and other ideas

If you are interested in attending please contact us at  amr4amr@aston.ac.uk.


BBC 4 Radio drama coming shortly – ‘Resistance’; a story about the nightmare scenario of an AMR epidemic 

Interdisciplinary Research on Antimicrobial Resistance, 2-3 March 2017, Bristol 
We are pleased to announce a workshop to be held on the afternoon of Thursday 2 March and all day Friday 3 March. 

The workshop will provide opportunities to:   

• identify research questions in AMR that require social science input in conjunction with medical, biological, veterinary or life sciences

• discuss challenges and solutions in conducting interdisciplinary research 

• develop or consolidate suitable research collaborations

Participants will have opportunities to hear about existing examples of successful interdisciplinary collaboration, develop links with potential collaborators for research proposal development and explore future interdisciplinary funding opportunities. There will be a particular focus on global research. UK Research Council representatives will be present. The workshop will be relevant both to groups already working across disciplines (including one or more of the social sciences) and to researchers seeking new collaborations.

SHAMROK: Professor Laura Puddock presents 'Multi drug efflux systems: from basic research to discovering efflux inhibitors' 
7th February 2017 at 4pm (Drinks reception afterwards until 6pm)
Lecture Theatre 2 (B-Floor)
Medical School, The University of Sheffield

University of NottinghamChancellor's Lecture Series - tackling drug resistance 
Tuesday 24th January 2017 (18:30-21:00) 
Location:  Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4LE  
You can now  watch the event recording here.

SHAMROK Workshop 3: 'Small molecules - drug delivery and discovery' 
17 January 2016 
Location: The Diamond, The University of Sheffield

This workshop, funded by EPSRC as part of the Sheffield Antimicrobial Resistance Network (SHAMROK) grant, will focus on the role of small molecules as antibiotics from both the clinical and scientific perspective. The network wishes to embrace engineering and physical sciences expertise to tackle AMR, by starting new collaborations and fostering new applications of methods and technologies. The workshop will include presentations from experts with experience of working in different areas of small molecule drug design and evaluation, including internationally leading scientists, healthcare professionals and industrial scientists working in R&D relevant to AMR. It will highlight some of the existing activities within Sheffield, some new developments looking for AMR application, and provide plenty of opportunities to take part in discussion sessions, networking and to introduce your work through flash presentations.

A joint workshop organised by the Universities of Southampton and Newcastle and the Food Standards Agency
Title: Food retailers, supply chains and the anti-microbial resistance challenge 
Date: 25 November
Location: London

University of Warwick 
Title:  'AMR Clinical Sandpit' 
Date: 23 November 2016   
Location: Chancellor's Suite, University of Warwick
Event leaflet 

The University of Nottingham 
Title:  Free course - Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Food Chain 
Date: 14 November 2016   

Sheffield Antimicrobial Resistance Network (SHAMROK)     

Workshop:  Engineering & physical methods for understanding microorganisms & AMR 
Date:2 November 2016 
Time: 9.10am-5.00pm (Registration from 9am) 
Location: The Diamond, The University of Sheffield

Title:  ‘How does bacterial growth environment affect antibiotic efficacy and the evolution of resistance?’ 
Date: 19 October 2016 
Time: 2pm
Location: LT6, Floor E, Hicks Building
Speaker: Dr Rosalind Allen (School of Physics and Astronomy,  Edinburgh University)

Title:  ‘Modification of the host cell surface as a strategy to reduce bacterial adhesion’ 
Date:10 October 2016 
Time: 1pm
Location: Lecture Theatre F2, Firth Court
Speaker: Dr Pete Monk

Imperial College London 
Title:  Antimicrobial Research Collaborative Conference 
Date:22nd September 2016 
Time: 09.00 - 18.00
Location: G16, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus 

Aston University courses

BSc Biological Sciences

BSc Human Biology

MBiol Biological Sciences

BSc BiomedicalScience

BEng/ MEng Biomedical Engineering

MPharm Pharmacy 

BEng Chemical Engineering

Online course directory for information about all Aston University courses

Other sites

The Microbiology Society website for news and articles about the subject as well as a guide to careers in this area 

The Society for Applied Microbiology website which offers news and articles about the subject

The Royal Society of Biology website which has a guide to careers in this area

The Institute of Biomedical Science website which has a guide to careers in this area

Destroy deadly bacteria and keep humanity safe in ‘Superbugs: the game’, a free action packed game for mobiles and tablets

The  New Scientist website which details current vacancies in this area which will give you an insight in to the types of roles available, a careers guide and articles about careers in science 

The British Society for Immunology website for news and articles about the subject as well as a handy guide to careers in this area 

The  Prospects website which gives a wealth of careers advice for young people, including details sector-specific advice in Science and Healthcare 

The UCAS website which gives information about university courses in the UK and advice about Higher Education 

The Institution of Chemical Engineers website for news and articles about the subject as well as a guide to careers in this area 

The Royal Society of Chemistry website for news and articles about the subject as well as a guide to careers in this area

The Addmaster Biomaster Antibacterial Technology website provides useful information on the future of antimicrobial additive technology

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society website which has a guide to careers in this area

The NHS Careers  website which gives information about jobs that are available across the whole healthcare sector

The Careers in Nature website which details current vacancies in this area which will give you an insight in to the types of roles available

AMR videos based on the schools roadshow
AMR4AMR Play - The Drugs Don’t Work – A Tale of Resistance