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Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): a Multidisciplinary Approach

Overview

This course equips delegates with the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to understand and respond to the complex threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The course learning reflects a One Health perspective that incorporates multiple disciplines, multiple sectors and national and international level considerations, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

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Course dates: 16 - 20 July 2018

At the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015, the World Health Assembly endorsed a Global Action Plan (GAP) to tackle antimicrobial resistance. Implementation is being supported by a tripartite collaboration of World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The GAP sets out five strategic objectives, which are being mirrored by national action plans around the world. Capacity to act upon these objectives has been identified as requiring strengthening. This LSHTM short course aims to equip delegates with knowledge and tools to address each of the GAP objectives: 1) to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance; 2) to strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research; 3) to reduce the incidence of infection; 4) to optimize the use of antimicrobial agents; and 5) develop the economic case for sustainable investment that takes account of the needs of all countries, and increase investment in new medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines and other interventions.

The course addresses the need to understand multiple aspects of the intractable problem of antimicrobial resistance. It will enable attendees to develop inter-disciplinary, multi-sectorial One Health responses and interventions to reduce the global threat of AMR.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at those designing, implementing and evaluating strategies to address AMR. For example, the course would be relevant for members of National Action Plan committees, policy and practice professionals who are required to address and support AMR initiatives, mid-career scientists and postgraduate students, and clinicians who would benefit from an understanding of the public health importance of AMR and actions to tackle the problem. The course will have a specific focus on AMR in low- and middle-income countries. Applicants should have a good command of English, as all teaching will be in English.

Course tutors

Teaching staff will include:

Course fee

The fee is £1,500 and includes all refreshments (morning tea/coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea/coffee), laboratory costs, evening reception, field trip and certification of attendance.

 

Course objectives
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Aims & objectives

This course equips delegates with the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to understand the complex global threat of Antimicrobial Resistance. The course learning reflects a One Health perspective that incorporates multiple disciplines, multiple sectors and national and international level considerations. Specifically, the course will:

  • Provide grounding in multiple aspects of antimicrobial resistance as outlined in the WHO Global Action Plan
  • Guide participants through the interdisciplinary understanding of AMR from molecular biology to medical anthropology
  • To review and analyse a wide range of relevant topics - including definitions, genetics, epidemiology, public health impact, ethics, patient and health worker knowledge, chemical analysis, regulation and potential interventions
  • Outline key challenges in developing and implementing interventions
  • Equip participants to critically analyse and improve policies and strategies in the low and middle income countries where they work.
  • To bring together a diversity of faculty and postgraduate students, interested in the subject to learn and discuss together.

Course content

  • The history of antibiotics and emergence of antibiotic resistance
  • Antibiotic targets and mechanisms of resistance
  • Diagnostic laboratory identification of AMR
  • Break points and standardisation
  • AMR surveillance methods and burden of drug-resistant infections
  • Pharmacokinetics, exposure and drug failure
  • One health and AMR
  • The use of genomics in AMR
  • Antibiotic usage and agriculture
  • AMR and the environment
  • AMR and the microbiome
  • Infection control
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • The role of diagnostics in reducing antibiotic usage
  • Role of water, sanitation and hygiene in AMR
  • Role of vaccines in reducing AMR
  • Novel alternatives to antimicrobials
  • Developing new therapies
  • Economics of AMR
  • Social science aspects of antibiotic use

Teaching methods and course materials

Faculty for the course will include staff from the LSHTM Antimicrobial Resistance Centre who have extensive expertise in many aspects of AMR. Additional external lecturers will be brought in to provide specialist insights.

Teaching will be conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and will include lectures, group work, and opportunities for participatory learning. The course materials, including lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations, key references and other programme support materials, such as the bioinformatics work environment, will be provided electronically.

Attendance

The course will be full time for 5 days including laboratory and bioinfomatic practical plus a field visit. The course will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants.

Methods of assessment

There is no formal assessment but at the conclusion of the course, a certificate of attendance will be provided.

 

How to apply
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Applying for this course

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018.

Visas

The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team, in the Registry, can provide supporting documentation if requested.

Accommodation and meals

A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be supplied on request to the Registry. Lunch can be purchased from the School's Refectory in the Keppel Street building or the cafe on the Tavistock Place building. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby.

Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport / UK photo driving license) and without having obtained the correct visa.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
  • Although this short course has run successfully in all the four years it has been offered, the School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.