$300,000 investment will enable closer collaboration between key players studying AMR and infectious diseases
March 16, 2018 – Fredericton, New Brunswick – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites change so that drugs that were previously effective against them stop working. Left unchecked, the rise of AMR has the potential to undermine health care providers’ ability to control infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis and to provide medical procedures such as C-sections and chemotherapy.
Researchers can have the biggest impact if they are well connected and work together to tackle a health threat like AMR. To help make this a reality, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced an investment of $300,000 to support three projects focused on improving our understanding of how key players in Canada and internationally can be better connected and work together collaboratively to tackle AMR.
This funding will support three research teams located at the University of New Brunswick, the Université de Sherbrooke, and the University of Ottawa.
For example, Dr. Suzanne Hindmarch, Dr. Malcolm King and their majority-Indigenous research team will consult with Indigenous organizations in Canada to learn about their perspectives on AMR. Dr. King and Dr. Hindmarch’s team will examine the extent to which Indigenous organizations see AMR as a health challenge in their communities and how Indigenous organizations have, and would like to be, involved in the Canadian and international groups and networks that are working to address AMR.