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NIHR invests £15 million in the fight against superbugs


The Department of Health, in its UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, has called for more research into drug resistant infections also known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS, has responded to this call by funding 16 studies, an investment of over £15.8 million to date, with funding of further projects expected during 2015.

Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health said:

“Antimicrobial resistance is a very serious problem for society causing 5,000 deaths in the UK each year. We will lose this battle unless we get more evidence on how to prevent resistance in bacteria developing. That is why the research that the NIHR has committed to funding is so vital. This will help us stop current everyday health problems becoming fatal.”

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