inCreasing cOmmunicatioN, awareNEss and data sharing in a global approaCh against resisTance



Research Network: 2019-02-01 - 2020-06-30
Total sum awarded: €100 000

The CONNECT network is based on the need for defining and implementing an integrated research strategy to facilitate the necessary studies and investigations for an innovative response to AMR. The CONNECT network output will contribute to the development of the JPIAMR-VRI by aligning stakeholders to share values on AMR with a One Health approach. The CONNECT network will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to consolidate around a common sets of goals, share their lesson learned and identify synergic work and effectively contribute to the collective impact of research. Recognising the complexity and scale of AMR is emphasised by the amount of resources needed to address the issue, and the limits of available resources and organisational capacities of governments, civil society, and philanthropy/charities. Through partnerships, resources across sectors have the potential to complement one another and create more effective and sustained change. To have increased meaningful and sustainable impact, community engagement is needed. To develop trust, institutions and communities in the network should be involved in design and implementation of research. Developing member interoperability is expected to contribute to a strong and coherent globally connected effort based on exchange data, information, services and/or outputs, align their activities, policies and procedures and effectively operate together. As an ultimate goal, the platform will encourage the development of priorities on strategic focuses, the engagement of brains thinking out of the box innovative solutions, and will represent the virtual and unique point for governing the research in Europe on the fight against AMR on a One Health approach.

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  • Nicola Petrosillo, IRCCS National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Lazzaro Spallanzani”, Italy (Coordinator)
  • Nico Mutters, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany (Observer)
  • Liset van Dijk, Netherlands Institute for Health Care Research, Netherlands (Observer)
  • Rok Civljak, University of Zagreb, Croatia (Observer)
  • John Rossen, University of Groningen, Netherlands (Partner)
  • Ewa Sadowy, National Medicines Institute, Poland (Observer)
  • Katja Seme, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Observer)
  • José Maria Molero Garcia, The Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation in Primary Health Care of Madrid Region (FIIBAP), Spain (Observer)
  • Agostinho Carvalho, University of Minho, Portugal (Observer)
  • Niels Frimodt-Møller, Rigshospitalet, Denmark (Observer)
  • Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas, Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, United Kingdom (Observer)
  • Jesús Rodríguez-Baño, Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena, Spain (Observer)
  • Boniface Nguhuni, President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government, United Republic of Tanzania (Observer)
  • Mark Wilcox, University of Leeds & Leeds Teaching Hospitals, United Kingdom (Observer)
  • Evelina Tacconelli, University of Verona, Italy (Observer)
  • George Daikos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (Observer)
  • Jeroen Dewulf, University of Ghent, Belgium (Observer)
  • Philippe Vanhems, Fondation Mérieux, France (Observer)
  • Murat Akova, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Turkey (Observer)
  • Paulino Gómez-Puertas, Center for Molecular Biology “Severo Ochoa” (CBMSO, CSIC-UAM), Spain (Observer)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. AMR is the ability of a microorganism to survive and grow in the presence of antimicrobial drugs, this phenomenon implies that antimicrobials are no longer effective to treat infectious diseases. The AMR problem is very complex and caused by multiple factors; an important cause is represented by the excessive use of antibiotics, not only in humans but also in food animal production and in agriculture. Addressing the growing threat of AMR requires a holistic and multidisciplinary approach - referred to as One Health - which includes all sectors such as hospitals, communities, farm animals, human and animal waste, wastewater systems. To fight AMR, collaboration between researchers coming from different countries as well as from different scientific fields is essential. For this purpose, the JPIAMR established a virtual research institute (JPIAMR-VRI) with the main scope to improve visibility of the AMR research and facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity development across the globe, covering the full One Health spectrum. The CONNECT (inCreasing cOmmunicatioN, awareNEss and data sharing in a global approaCh against resistance) is one of the eight pillars that lay the foundation of the JPIAMR-VRI. In order to improve knowledge on AMR research and to allow findings sharing, and avoid duplication of research, the CONNECT network prepared a list of main projects and networks related to research on AMR in a One Health Approach. Moreover, links with other networks involved in the AMR research on a One Health approach were established, this will be the basis for a deeper cooperation between researchers across Europe and beyond and, importantly, for an exchange of findings and a sharing of research objectives with scientists working on animal health and on agricultural research. Our network also prepared a proposal for a communication, dissemination and exploitation (CDE) plan to be used by all the VRI networks. The scope of this plan is to improve communication and dissemination of ideas on research projects and on the findings of projects. This is a tool that will allow to join efforts, minimize duplication and maximize potential of AMR research on a One Health approach. Moreover, the CDE plan will ensure that both the scientific community and the broad public understand the value of the JPIAMR –VRI and the importance of the One Health approach. In fact, to have meaningful and sustainable impact, community engagement is needed. The CONNECT network, along with the VRI networks, laid the foundation stone for developing scientists interoperability.