"Bridging the Gaps"

BristolBridge is a new EPSRC-funded project that aims to bridge the gaps between the physical sciences and engineering, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

BristolBridge funds short research projects and builds interdisciplinary collaborations involving physical scientists, engineers, mathematicians, life scientists, clinicians and veterinary scientists from across the University, and with partners from healthcare and industry, to explore novel and multidisciplinary ways of tackling the escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance, such as: 

  1. New tools and techniques for assays, screening and diagnostics, and novel antimicrobial compounds
  2. Innovative antimicrobials, smart surfaces and wound dressings to prevent infection, and new drug delivery methods
  3. Developing AMR surveillance and intervention techniques. 

The award of BristolBridge is a recognition of the strong portfolio of EPSRC and AMR research at Bristol, and provides an opportunity for fertilising new ideas and bringing new and potentially transformative techniques to bear in this crucially important area.

A multidisciplinary approach to the AMR challenge

The emergence and spread of infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to treatment by current antibiotics strikes at the heart of modern medical and veterinary practice. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to tackle these challenges and make a step change in addressing antimicrobial resistance.

A key aspect of the AMR challenge is that researchers develop networks within their institutions focusing on the four multidisciplinary themes in the cross-council AMR initiative.

These networks are intended to support scientists to build capacity and understanding that could lead to future research proposals.

The University of Bristol houses world-leading research in materials science, engineering, synthetic biology, physics, nanoscience and synthetic chemistry. All these disciplines can make potentially transformative contributions to tackling AMR.

Unleashing this potential requires new ways of interdisciplinary working, and bringing together researchers from these disciplines with counterparts from biology and human and animal medicine.

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