Preventing antimicrobial resistance

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The focus of research activities in this theme are:

  • to quantify and understand the relationship between antibiotic use and AMR in and in-between humans and animals;
  • to determine the population structure and evolution of multidrug-resistant opportunistic pathogens in humans and animals;
  • to develop and scientifically evaluate infection prevention measures in hospitalized patients and community-dwelling subjects;
  • to optimize diagnosis and treatment of infections, in order to minimize unnecessary antibiotic use in hospitals and in primary care;
  • to better understand infection pathogenesis among those patients experiencing the highest burden of antibiotic selective pressure (for example, intensive care unit patients);
  • to develop tools and to quantify the burden of AMR;
  • to develop an international clinical research infrastructure to increase efficiency of clinical evaluation of new antimicrobial therapies.