UK-Japan Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop

Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria is becoming a challenge to public health throughout the world.  Recently, the Chief Medical Officer in England and Wales, Professor Dame Sally Davies, ranked antimicrobial resistance, along with terrorism, as a threat to the UK.

The emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria could mean that several routine medical procedures and treatments may be denied to eligible patients, due to the threat of patients developing infections, where there are no antibiotics that can successfully treat such infections.

Several members of BSAC, including one BSAC Council Member, were part of the UK delegation at a workshop recently held at the British Embassy, Tokyo.  The workshop brought together expert scientists, clinicians, academics and veterinarians from UK and Japan to discuss this threat and to explore ways of mutually tackling antimicrobial resistance in a joint collaborative manner.  Changing demographics including an ageing population, improved healthcare and social factors can led to a constantly evolving dynamic with antimicrobial resistance, which needs to carefully monitored and suitable interventions sought.

Topics discussed at the workshop included:-

  • Antimicrobial resistance in clinical populations in the UK & Japan
  • Identification of the major resistant bacteria
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Antimicrobial Resistance in animals and veterinary medicine
  • Antimicrobial resistance in the environment
  • Mechanisms of resistance
  • Better diagnostics
  • Antibiotic Drug Discovery

An Open Public Lecture allowed Japanese attendees from a wide stakeholder base to learn about current policy on how the UK is tackling this important medical problem, through the joined-up work of several UK science and government agencies, in a multi-agency approach, as well as the work of the UK National Institute of Health Research