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Mycology under the microscope: Why it’s time to bring fungal infections into the light

22nd September 2021

According to the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infection, over 300 million people around the world are afflicted with a serious fungal infection every year and 25 million are at high risk of dying or losing their sight. Yet there is a persistent sense that fungal infections receive neither the attention nor the funding afforded to infectious diseases caused by viruses or bacteria. With this in mind, we invited Gavin Barlow, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Infection at Hull York Medical School and Hon. Physician in Infectious Diseases, Hull University Teaching Hospitals, to explain why we mustn’t forget fungal infection…

Vanguard Report: Drug development and the tension between access and excess

21st September 2021

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re inviting a select number of experts to share what they see as being the 21st-century solutions to one of the biggest and most complex challenges of our generation: antimicrobial resistance. In this post, Santanu Datta explores the future of drug development and the tension between access and excess…

UTIs: What are the burning issues?

9th September 2021

It’s estimated that around half of all women in the UK will suffer at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their lives. Yet despite being the leading source of bacterial bloodstream infections, UTIs remain a chronically neglected area of infectious diseases. With that in mind, we invited Dr Annie Joseph, Consultant Microbiologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, to discuss what needs to happen so that UTIs, and patients, finally get the attention they deserve….

AMR risk: National blood tube shortage highlights vital importance of testing to fight infection

2nd September 2021

The UK Government is supporting action to alleviate the current national shortage of test tubes, which has resulted in widespread disruption to testing around the country.

Vanguard Report: The future of drug development

10th August 2021

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re inviting a select number of experts to share what they see as being the 21st-century solutions to one of the biggest and most complex challenges of our generation: antimicrobial resistance. In this post, Laura Piddock explores the challenges involved in re-stimulating the antimicrobial drug development market…

What can we learn from Using Antibiotics Wisely to revamp future antibiotic campaigns?

20th July 2021

The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC) recently published on the Canadian antibiotic stewardship campaign ‘Using Antibiotics Wisely’. This national campaign did not have the desired effect of reducing antibiotic prescribing. Dr Oliver van Hecke was disappointed, but not surprised. Here, he explains why…

BSAC funded project explores the link between AMR and COVID in Sudan… With big implications for us all

15th July 2021

A BSAC funded project, a collaboration between University College London in the UK, HerpeZ in Zambia  and the Institute of Endemic Diseases in Sudan, is now recruiting patients to take part in a ground-breaking study exploring whether changes to infection prevention and control policies that were introduced due to COVID actually make it more likely that patients will catch other, potentially drug-resistant, infections while in hospital. Project lead, Dr Linzy Elton, explains more…

BSAC’s view on the UK government cuts to overseas aid

14th July 2021

Yesterday, the UK government won a vote to keep the budget for international development at 0.5% of national income, down from the 0.7% figure, which was in place until earlier this year. The decision has drawn a furious response, not least from former Prime Ministers John Major and Theresa May, the latter of whom accused the government of ‘turning its back on the poorest in world’.

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