Bristol AMR is a cross-faculty Research Strand funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, through the University's Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF). AMR research at the University of Bristol focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to tackling AMR with research conducted across 5 of our 6 faculties.
Championing an interdisciplinary approach
Bristol AMR is led by a cross-faculty committee with representatives from the Faculties of Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Science, Engineering, Arts and Social Sciences and Law. The team is forging new links via networking events to help create new collaborative pump-priming AMR projects. The network will further help Bristol’s interdisciplinary AMR research community to come together to compete for future large-scale funding, strengthening the University as a UK centre of excellence for interdisciplinary AMR research.
Bristol AMR investigators are conducting research projects across many disciplines and research groups in the:
- biomedical sciences
- life sciences
- veterinary sciences
- clinical and dental sciences
- social sciences and humanities
- physical sciences
Our research benefits from close partnerships with clinicians and clinical scientists in:
- University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
- North Bristol NHS Trust
- Public Health England’s NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for the Evaluation of Interventions (HPRU)
AMR research at Bristol aligns with the University's Research Institutes and Specialist Research Institutes.
- The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research
- The Cabot Institute for the Environment (which supports global food security research)
- The Jean Golding Institute (for data intensive research)
- The Bristol BioDesign Institute (which uses synthetic biology approaches to both the design and production of antibiotics and vaccines)
- The Bristol Population Health Science Institute
This wide spectrum of research helps Bristol lead the way in tackling AMR. Our AMR investigators, together with partner organisations and clinicians, are making transformative contributions in interdiscipinary AMR research and policy development.
A particular focus of AMR research at Bristol involves developing international research collaborations. We champion working with AMR investigators on global projects in low-to-middle income countries. Examples include:
- Our Newton Fund collaborative awards with two projects in China and Columbia
- An MRC/DoH award for the 'AMR in Global Context' call with investigators in Thailand
Supporting emerging researchers
Bristol leads the £4m Medical Research Foundation National Training Programme in AMR research which is funding 18 PhD studentships in 13 institutions across the UK. This innovative programme has also built a national cohort of 150 interdisciplinary research scholars in AMR to tackle this challenge together.