Scientists at the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, Utrecht University and Wageningen UR have taken the initiative to concentrate expertise in the field of antimicrobial resistance. To this end, a virtual research center of Dutch knowledge institutes has been established called the Netherlands Center for One Health – AntiMicrobialResistance (NCOH-AMR).

The NCOH-AMR forms the basis for a high-quality consortium with top expertise in the field of antimicrobial resistance. With this center, Dutch knowledge institutes want to provide a substantial contribution to the development of solutions for the globally increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance. The research center aims to perform multidisciplinary, translational research on all aspects of antimicrobial resistance, ranging from fundamental and epidemiological research to clinical studies. The strategic research agenda has six specific lines of research: development of new antibiotics, alternative therapeutics, improved diagnostics, infection prevention, improved use of antibiotics and vaccination.

Marc Bonten, Professor of Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at UMC Utrecht and research leader of the NCOH-AMR, says: “The NCOH-AMR combines the expertise of Dutch knowledge institutes in order to collectively create solutions for the urgent problem of antimicrobial resistance. Dutch researchers are already global leaders in their field of expertise in individual components. By working together even more closely and integrating lines of research we expect to achieve breakthroughs for solving this complex issue.”
 

Collective approach

NCOH-AMR responds to the need for a collective approach in order to achieve quicker and better results with regard to the issue of antimicrobial resistance. In addition to international initiatives, close collaboration at national level is required between academic partners within the domains of biosciences, medicine, veterinary medicine, animal sciences and environmental sciences. The need for an integrated approach from a public health point of view was underlined last month by Health Minister Edith Schippers in a Letter to Parliament (Dutch) about the approach to antimicrobial resistance. In addition to the collaboration between UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University and Wageningen UR, formal alliances are being established with other Dutch knowledge institutes for specific sub-areas.
 

About NCOH

NCOH-AMR is part of the Netherlands Center for One Health (NCOH) that is currently being established, which brings together pre-eminent academic institutions and other leading parties. This creates an open innovation network that is able to respond to One Health opportunities and risks. The NCOH performs multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral research and develops knowledge within the domains of biosciences, medicine, veterinary medicine, animal sciences and environmental sciences. The NCOH builds bridges between academic and research institutes, industry, governments and NGOs. Founding partners of the NCOH are UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University and Wageningen UR. In addition to the theme of antimicrobial resistance, the NCOH works on the themes of (Re)emerging Infections, Healthy Farming and Healthy Wildlife and Ecosystem.