LeSPAR: Early Career Researcher workshop on diagnostics for Antimicrobial Resistance

On 20 November 2017 the Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) organised a workshop for multidisciplinary Early Career Researchers to discuss the development of and use of novel diagnostic tools to curb the generation and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

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  1. Delegates we're looking forward to the day ahead from the off, as Dr Anne Horan from the Royal Society of Chemistry welcomed attendees on behalf of LeSPAR.
  2. Professor Rosanna Peeling then set the scene- introducing the challenges facing the development of novel diagnostic tools in the fight against antimicrobial resistance today.
  3. Daniel Berman from Nesta introduced the Longitude Prize, a £10 million challenge fund to support the development of novel diagnostics to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
  4. Dr Bhargarvi kick-started the first panel session of the morning. She described the complexity of the picture that health workers have to deal with, particularly in less economically developed countries, where access to traditional medical providers can be limited and treatment complicated.
  5. Dr Bhargarvi was followed by Dr Jim Huggett who introduced metrology (the study of measurement) and explained that assessment of technical error in diagnostics use can enable us to develop more powerful tools- and to better use current ones.
  6. Dr Annegret Schneider described how, to derive maximum benefit from new diagnostic tools, and to promote best practice for antimicrobial prescription, we need to work across disciplines to understand and appropriately engage with a range of stakeholders at an early stage in the development of interventions.
  7. The first interactive panel discussion of the day brought together our first three speakers: Professor David Persing, Dr Tim Rawson and Dr Chris Walton.
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