Seven antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Centres based in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark met in Uppsala from 1-2 September. The meeting provided a platform to introduce the structure and initiatives of the different Centres, find opportunities for collaboration, and learn from each other’s experiences.
The Uppsala Antibiotic Center hosted ICARS at the meeting, as well as the following Nordic Centres:
- The Umeå Centre for Microbial Research, Sweden
- The Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research, Sweden
- The Turning the Tide on Antimicrobial Resistance Network, Norway
- The Centre for New Antibacterial Strategies, Norway
- The Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence in Antimicrobial Resistance Research, Finland
- The Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance in Western Norway
From ICARS, Senior Scientific Advisor, Prof. Anders Dalsgaard and Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Kristina Osbjer introduced ICARS and our model of working with low-and middle-income countries to co-develop context-specific AMR solutions. While ICARS was the only Centre with a primarily international agenda focused on translating research into policy and practice, the meeting revealed many fruitful opportunities for collaboration. These included existing initiatives in Benin and Chile, two countries where ICARS is currently co-developing project proposals, as well as the possibility of expanding and sharing existing educational programmes with LMIC partners.
The positive meeting also brought forward the idea of an alliance of Nordic AMR centres that could support complementarity and knowledge exchange.
You can read more about the meeting on the Uppsala Antibiotic Center website
Photo credit: Uppsala Antibiotic Center