PhD students awarded British Council funding to present work on antibiotic resistance

20 August 2014

Mrs Enas Newire and Mr Liam Reynolds have recently been awarded funding to present their research at the Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens workshop in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mrs Newire and Mr Reynolds are PhD students, in Dr Adam Roberts' research group, at UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

The workshop, funded under the British Council Researcher Links programme and in collaboration with the Thailand Research Fund, took place in July 2014 and aimed to bring together young researchers from around the world in order to discuss the global problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

The continuing increase in the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance among human pathogens, such as Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae is resulting in increased deaths in hospitals and other healthcare settings. A better understanding of antibiotic resistance mechanisms and novel antibacterial therapies is urgently needed if this global issue is to be addressed.

Mrs Newire works for US Naval Medical Research and is an International Young Ambassador of Science to Egypt for the American Society for Microbiology. Her PhD studies, focusing on evaluating the fitness costs associated with carrying clinically important beta-lactam and carbapenem resistance genes, are sponsored by the Schlumberger Foundation’s Faculty of the Future Programme.

Mr Reynolds is the recipient of a UCL Impact Award and jointly funded by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency to undertake his PhD. His research is focused on the identification of novel antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance genes from bacterial metagenomic DNA from humans and animals.

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