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BSAC meets UNICEF: it’s time to protect our children against the biggest threat to their lives – superbugs

11th August 2020

In its recent report on antimicrobial resistance, Time is Running Out, UNICEF describes superbugs as “perhaps the greatest threat to child survival and health of this generation”. We caught up with Alexandre Costa from UNICEF to talk about the reasons why drug-resistant infections pose such a grave threat to the young, as well as exploring the ways UNICEF might work alongside civil society organisations to meet the global challenge of superbugs....

The forgotten superbug: Is it time to bring fungal infections out of the dark?

4th August 2020

They kill more than a million and cause misery to billions every year. Yet despite this, fungal infections are all often treated as the poor relation of other, more ‘glamourous’ microorganisms...

Fake medicines are costing lives – and COVID-19 is making a bad situation worse

28th July 2020

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 medical products in developing nations are substandard or falsified – a problem that the COVID-19 pandemic has exaggerated. That’s where Fight the Fakes comes in, a global campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of falsified and substandard medicines...

BSAC meets Professor Laura Piddock: Former BSAC President makes compelling case for membership

21st July 2020

Laura Piddock is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham, UK, Director of Scientific Affairs at Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) and former BSAC President. We took the opportunity to talk to her, amongst other things, about why she feels membership of a learned society is so important, especially for early career professionals...

JAC-AMR: BSAC Members to receive a 50% discount on standard article processing charge (APC)

20th July 2020

JAC-AMR is our fully open-access journal dedicated to exploring all aspects of antimicrobial resistance. For a limited time only, BSAC Members will recieve 50% discount on the standard article processing charge (APC).

Grants available from the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

14th July 2020

The International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC) is offering small project grants (£5000 - £10,000) to applicants from ISAC member societies.

COVID-19: Small community-focussed projects can make a big difference where the burden of disease is greatest

14th July 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has sent a shockwave through every country in the world, perhaps nowhere is the challenge greater than in low- and middle-income countries, where lifesaving resources, such as face shields, are either scarce or impossible to find. Roger Harrison, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Manchester, describes how a student-led project in Uganda is helping to meet the urgent need...

Could machine learning mean the end of empirical prescribing?

7th July 2020

A technological revolution is poised to transform healthcare forever. Ed Moran, Consultant in Infectious Disease, explores how machine learning could soon be used to improve antibiotic selection...

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