CHAIR: Collaborative hub for advancing interdisciplinary research
The Collaborative Hub for Advancing Interdisciplinary Research (CHAIR) was an EPSRC funded interdisciplinary research hub focusing on the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR describes the phenomena when bacteria through various mechanisms can become resistant to currently used antibiotics.
Through a series of monthly seminars we engaged with researchers across disciplines to talk about new innovative ways of tackling the issue.
Aims and objectives
The aim of CHAIR was to create and support networks of researchers who together would develop a strong collaborative community.
The focus was on developing novel strategies to detect and mitigate the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in zoonotic pathogens. This would lead to exciting funding opportunities for engineering and physical scientists.
The drugs don't work
Professor Dame Sally Davies, England's Chief Medical Officer sounds the alarm on antibiotics in this must see TEDx talk.
|Wednesday 29 March|
Biofilms, DNA and microbial pathogens: a market place for exchange of antimicrobial resistance?
Also reports from two CHAIR projects: 'Antifouling Coatings to Prevent Biofilm Formation', 'SPIDERS: Surface Printing to Investigate Drug Effects on Real Surfaces'.
|Thursday 11 May|
Modelling and Big Data: Reports from two CHAIR projects.
'AMR Data, Animal- Human- Environment ESBL transfers', and 'Modelling mycobacterial persistence'.
|Thursday 8 June||Sensing and Pharmacokinetics: 'Towards selective detection of AMR bacteria with a disposable electrical sensor' and 'Understanding the Pharmacokinetics of antibiotic implants for veterinary applications'.|
|Tuesday 18 July||New and emerging threats of AMR from a global perspective: Dr Sid Thakur, North Carolina State University.|
|Wednesday 13 September||CHAIR Celebration Event: 'The economics of antimicrobial resistance and solving the threat', Lord O'Neill.|
We held two sandpit events in which we gave out internal funding for collaborative projects. We had five successful projects from our first sandpit on 12 April 2016.
Our second sandpit took place on 28 September 2016. Two of the projects funded from the first sandpit received follow on funding and three new projects were funded.
|Date||Speaker and talk|
|Friday 22 January||Ehealth: from sensing, the IoT to big data - digital innovation in animal health.|
|Tuesday 23 February||Big data and modelling in healthcare.|
|Friday 11 March||Antibiotic resistance in bacteria: the problem with TB.|
|Tuesday 12 April||Sandpit: Collaborative research funding event.|
|Monday 6 June||Tackling antimicrobial resistance: human and animal behaviour.|
|Monday 11 July||Dr Sid Thakur (NCSU): A systems-based 'One Health' approach to understand the complex dynamics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges.|
|Monday 18 July||Prof Kirill Alexandrov (Molecular Warehouse): Repurposing glucose monitoring technology for detecting DNA of infectious organisms.|
|Thursday 1 December||Victoria Wells of Antibiotic Action: The global challenge of antimicrobial resistance.|
|Tuesday 13 December||Prof Elizabeth Wellington (University of Warwick) Survival of pathogenic bacteria in the environment.|
|Wednesday 4 November||CHAIR launch event|
|Friday 13 November||Rapid diagnostics|
|Thursday 10 December||Ian Gilmore (NPL): 3D metabolic imaging – the challenge going from tissue scale to single bacteria.|
- Antifouling coatings to prevent biofilm formation
- Surface printing to investigate drug effects on real surfaces
- Towards selective detection of AMR bacteria with a disposable electrical sensor
- Towards low cost very rapid diagnostics
- AMR data in time and space, animal-human-environment ESBL transfers
- Understanding the pharmacokinetics of antibiotic implants for veterinary applications
- Modelling mycobacterial persistence.