BSAC’s Resistance Surveillance Committee: new Chair needed

BSAC is seeking a new Chair for its Resistance Surveillance Committee, following Professor Alasdair MacGowan’s decision to step down from the role. All at BSAC would like to thank Alasdair for helping to create and sustain what has become a widely-respected project that provides long-term surveillance of antibiotic resistance.  The Chair is responsible for leading the Standing Committee on Resistance Surveillance, driving the strategic direction of the project and overseeing project outputs, in addition to acting as a key contact with programme sponsors. Time commitment for this role is estimated at six days per annum; the work is supported by the BSAC office.

The initiative, which was established in 1999, is split into two programmes, bacteraemia and respiratory, and collects a broad selection of organisms from both community- and hospital-acquired infections. Each programme is sponsored by a group of pharmaceutical companies and the study collects up to 6,000 clinical isolates each year, providing extensive coverage of the UK and Ireland.  We now have a library of over 50,000 isolates that are available at modest cost to the research community.

If you would like to put yourself, or someone else, forward for this role and to lead this flagship project, please email Tracey Guise, BSAC’s Chief Executive (tguise@bsac.org.uk).

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