28th May 2024

Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan, President of the One Health Trust and Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University, has been awarded the Garrod Medal the highest honour afforded by the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). The award was presented at this year’s BSAC Spring Conference, directly after Dr Laxminarayan delivered the prestigious Garrod Lecture, which this year focused on ‘Global Goals and Targets for AMR in the Leadup to the UNGA High level Meeting.’

Since 1995, Dr Laxminarayan has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. His work encompasses extensive peer-reviewed research, public outreach, and direct engagement across Asia and Africa through the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership. Through his prolific research, active public outreach (including a TED talk that has been viewed over a million times), and sustained policy engagement, he has played a central role in bringing the issue of drug resistance to the attention of leaders and policymakers worldwide and to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016.

The Garrod Lecture was inaugurated in 1982, in honour of L P Garrod (1896-1979), whose writing and influence on antimicrobial chemotherapy was so important in the development of the discipline and whose practical clinical approach based on meticulous laboratory work seemed to suit the ethos of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Council awards this honour to individuals who are an international authority in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy. The recipient delivers a lecture of their choosing at either the Society Spring or Winter Conference or the annual conference of the Federation of Infection Societies and the recipient is endowed with Honorary Membership of the Society. Previous recipients include Sir Richard Sykes, Professor Laura Piddock and Dame Sally Davis, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance.

The Garrod Medal itself is from a limited series struck in silver by the Birmingham Mint in 1986.

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