The new UCL Antimicrobial Resistance Network (AMR) was launched at an event last Wednesday 16th March. The network has been organised by Dr Lena Ciric, Lecturer in UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, and colleagues from across UCL faculties.
The network aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines to work on ways to tackle antimicrobial resistance. Over 40 academic staff from more than 20 UCL departments attended the event to hear talks from Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering, Ruth Kelly from the Medical Research Council, Tris Dyson and Nina Cromeyer Dieke from the Longitude Prize, and the Vice-Provost for Health Professor David Lomas.
The attendees also participated in a networking activity to meet researchers from other departments. Feedback from the event will be used to organise more focused workshops throughout 2016 and beyond.
Dr Lena Ciric said:
I was surprised by the success of the event. It was wonderful to see surgeons talking to chemists and evolutionary geneticists. We rarely get the chance to interact in this way.
Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences, said:
The launch of the AMR network plays strongly to the unique strengths UCL can bring to bear on global issues. I am particularly excited to see how our scientists engineers and clinicians are already working together to meet the challenges of rapid drug discovery, development and deployment. The contribution we can make by combining these skills and insights will be quite remarkable.
If you are interested in becoming part of the UCL AMR network, please contact Dr Lena Ciric.