AMR Diagnostics and Surveillance 2023

JPIAMR is launching an international call for projects under the umbrella of JPIAMR and within the framework of the ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION. The call Development of innovative strategies, tools, technologies, and methods for diagnostics and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance involves 23 funders from 19 countries. The total estimated call budget is about 19,1 million Euro.

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To take action against the growing global threat of increasing resistance in pathogenic organisms, and the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), this call aims to fund research projects developing novel or improving existing strategies, tools, technologies and methods for diagnosis and/or One Health AMR surveillance.

Through this call, the ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION intends to create and reinforce the collaboration between research partners coming from different countries and different fields of expertise to promote research on antimicrobial resistance. The results of the funded projects should contribute to improved understanding, monitoring, detection and mitigation of infection and AMR, or optimisation of antimicrobial use where efforts to curb AMR will have a global impact on human, animal and plant health and food safety and security.

In the scope of this call, antimicrobials include antibiotics, antifungals and disinfectants (biocides).

Topics of the call

Proposals should aim to address unmet needs in the AMR diagnostics and surveillance sectors beyond the current state of the art, by focusing on one of the topics of the call:

Topic 1: To develop novel, or improve existing, diagnostics, including point of care diagnostics, that can rule out antimicrobial use or help identify the most effective antimicrobial treatment.

Within this topic projects may:

  • Develop new, improve or repurpose existing strategies, technologies, and methods for the rapid, accurate and affordable detection of bacterial or fungal infection and/ or resistance patterns and elements.
  • Study ways to facilitate and implement the uptake and use of existing diagnostics in varied economic settings
  • Optimise the use of tools, technologies, and methods for diagnostic data capture and usage, for example in conjunction with surveillance strategies.

Topic 2: To develop or improve existing strategies, technologies or methods, or data use strategies to support One Health AMR surveillance.

Within this topic projects may:

  • Develop new or improve existing strategies, technologies, and methods for the detection, analysis, monitoring and use of AMR and AMU data. This can include the analysis of existing data or the application of existing surveillance strategies, technologies, and methods to additional OH settings.
  • Explore the standardisation, FAIRification and linkage of methodologies, datasets and relevant indicators to perform globally comparative, integrated and triangulated surveillance of AMR/AMU in humans, animals (including companion animals, livestock and wildlife), plants, food, and the environment.

The following sub-topics are out of the scope of the call:

  • antiviral and antiparasitic agents,
  • proposals solely aiming to extend existing surveillance networks (e.g. GLASS, national surveillance programmes).

In the framework of this call, proposals addressing diagnostics (Topic 1) may focus within any individual One Health setting. Surveillance-focused proposals (Topic 2) should focus within two or more settings of One Health or extend to a new OH setting. In case of proposals focusing on existing surveillance strategies, the proposal should extend to at least one additional OH setting.

Eligibility

Eligibility rules for the consortia are:

  • Consortia must include a minimum of three (3) eligible partners asking for funding from three (3) different eligible countries (including at least two amongst EU Member States or Associated Countries).
  • Consortia should consist of a maximum of six (6) project partners (including non-funded partners). The maximum number of partners can be increased to seven (7) if the consortium includes: a) at least one partner from an under-represented country (including LDCs), b) at least one partner where the Principal Investigator meets the definition of an Early Career Researcher, or c) a company.

For the purpose of this call:

  • the under-represented countries are Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, and Least Developed Countries,
  • Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development, according to the DAC list of ODA recipients. Read more under “Information and application”.
  • an Early Career Researcher is a person with up to 8 years after PhD, holding a position at a recognized institution. The eligible extensions of the 8 year period are listed in the call text.

The budget of non-funded partners shall not exceed 30% of the requested total transnational project budget requested. Funding is granted for a maximum of three (3) years in accordance with national regulations and applicable legal provisions.

Timeline

The call Development of innovative strategies, tools, technologies, and methods for diagnostics and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance will follow a two-step evaluation procedure.

16 January 2023, 12h CET – Call opens

7 March 2023, 14h CET – Deadline pre-proposals

4 July 2023 – Deadline full proposals

Please contact the call secretariat if you have any questions about the call: JPI.AMR@ncn.gov.pl

Information & application

Webinar for applicants

A live webinar for applicants was organised on the 24th of January 2023. This webinar presented the call and the partner search tool. Representatives from funders participating in the call answered questions live.

The webinar was recorded and the videos can be found here:

Partner Search Tool

A match-making tool has been created for applicants, to facilitate networking and the creation of consortia: Partner search tool “AMR Diagnostics and Surveillance 2023”

The tool can be consulted for several purposes:

  • Partner looking for project: As individual researcher or a representative of a lab or research team, searching for a project to join.
  • Project looking for partner: If you want to build a consortium around an existing project and want to find partners for your project ideas.

Funders

Partners working in eligible Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa can be funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Australia
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Belgium
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)

Canada
Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Estonia
Estonian Research Council (EtAg)

France
Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

Hungary
National Research, Development and Innovation Fund

Germany
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Ireland
Health Research Board (HRB) Health Research Board (HRB)
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM))

Israel
Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)

Italy
Ministry of Health (It-MOH )
Fondazione Regionale per la Ricerca Biomedica (FRRB)

Lithuania
Research Council of Lithuania (LMT)

Moldova
Agentia Nationala Pentru Cercetare Si Dezvoltare (ANCD)

Netherlands
Zorgonderzoek Nederland Zon (ZonMw)

Poland
National Science Centre (NCN)

South Africa
South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Spain
National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII)

Sweden
Swedish Research Council (SRC)
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Switzerland
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

United Kingdom
Innovate UK
Medical Research Council (UKRI MRC)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UKRI BBSRC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UKRI EPSRC)

Supported projects

Standardization of diagnostics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing and clinical interpretation in animal mycoplasmas (MyMIC)

Animal mycoplasmas are major bacterial pathogens causing various diseases in livestock and pets and also significant economic losses in herds. Their diagnostics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) are difficult because of their growth characteristics.

Ongoing project

Standard usual procedures for other bacteria don’t apply for mycoplasmas. As a consequence, their clinical impact and their contribution to antimicrobial use and resistance is often disregarded. Because of their intrinsic resistance to the broadly used ampicilins/penicilins family and the increasing number of acquired resistances to other antimicrobial families, mycoplasmas must be subjected to an improved antimicrobial resistance surveillance.

The MyMIC network is developed as a necessary first step towards this aim. It will allow sharing best practices and harmonised procedures between expert laboratories as well as proposing future new required developments. Furthermore, aggregation of AST data from different laboratories will permit first proposal of tentative epidemiological cut-offs as a surrogate to clinical breakpoints in order to help clinical interpretation of AST results.

Review on new alternative AST techniques, antimicrobial use across the different animal sectors and pharmacologic data will come as a complement to the diagnostic and AST guidelines expected from the MyMIC network. Lastly MycMIC is expected to be the basis for construction of future laboratories projects for animal mycoplasmas diagnostics and AST methods comparison and validation.

Expected outcomes:

  • Analysis of the answers to the questionnaire (on culture, identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing) distributed to all partners.
  • Construction of a database to gather all MIC data obtained with the same (or a comparable) method for different Mycoplasma species (livestock and companion animals).
  • Contribution to MIC distribution open databases such as on the EUCAST site and participation to VetCAST (EUCAST subcommittee dealing with all aspects of AST of bacterial pathogens of animal origin).
  • Writing of guidelines in order to harmonize culture, identification and AST in livestock mycoplasmas.
  • Creation of a website for the network.
  • Drafting a project for a future JPI AMR call (or other calls on antimicrobial resistance) funding laboratory activities like ring trials, exchange of reference materials and methods comparison or validation, development of new rapid method for detection of resistance determinants (including WGAS).

Sharing and exchanging  knowledge and expertise with developing countries in control of mycoplasmas in this part of the world.

Network partners

  • Tardy Florence, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, France (Coordinator)

This network includes 48 partners from 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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Design and implementation of effective cOmbination of Phages and Antibiotics for improved TheRApy protocols against KLEbsiella pneumoniae (KLEOPATRA)

The multidrug-resistant bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae represents a critically emerging pathogen that confounds treatment in a clinical setting. This is due to their pan-resistance to antibiotics and specific biological traits, including a protective capsule, that makes it insensitive to the host immune system.

Bacterial viruses, also called (bacterio)phages are natural predators of bacteria. Our previous research has identified phages that overcome the capsule barrier by specific enzymes and resensitize bacteria to the innate immune system as well as to antibiotic treatment.

In this project, we introduce the concept of “K-sensitization” which uses these phages and their enzymes (capsule depolymerases) to strip the protective capsules from prevalent K. pneumoniae strains and provide a proof-of-concept of how phages/depolymerases act synergistically to antibiotic treatment. Besides the development of a protocol for compassionate phage therapy against these encapsulated pathogens, we will comprehensively analyze the prevalent K. pneumoniae circulating in human & animal reservoirs, as well as environmental ecosystems. This in turn will lead to the establishment of tailored phage banks & associated diagnostics tools, supported by computational models to ensure rationally designed phage therapy cocktails for antibiotic/phage/enzyme combination treatments.
In this manner, the KLEOPATRA consortium aims to contribute to improving the treatment of this critical WHO priority 1 pathogen within a ‘One Health’ setting.

Project partners

  • Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa, University of Wroclaw, Poland (Coordinator)
  • Rob Lavigne, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Regis Tournebize, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Joachim J. Bugert, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Germany
  • Jens Andre Hammerl, German Federal Institute For Risk Assessment, Germany
  • Ronen Hazan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Kilian Vogele, INVITRIS SME, Germany

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Bench, Bedside, Business, and Beyond: innovative solutions for AMR diagnostics (B2B2B AMRDx)

With the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide, and few novel antimicrobials being developed, it is becoming more and more important to quickly, accurately and inexpensively diagnose infections and the precise microbe causing them in order to treat them with the right antimicrobial and prevent the emergence of further resistance. However, the path to developing such diagnostics is full of challenges, so much that the space between developing a working prototype and getting a diagnostic used in patients is often called the “valley of death”.

Ongoing project

The network, B2B2B AMRDx, brings together a diverse group of researchers from universities (bench), hospitals (bedside), for-profits (business), governments and nonprofits (beyond), to tackle some of these challenges. We have expertise in human, animal, and environmental AMR, and come from 20 different countries. The networks goals are as follows.

First, the network creates a comprehensive online AMR Diagnostics Developer Directory (ADDD) to facilitate exchange of ideas in the field. Second, the network extends the JPIAMR Seq4AMR Virtual Benchmarking Platform (VBP) to allow diagnostics developers to systematically evaluate their diagnostics on a collection of high-quality genotypes (genomic data) and phenotypes (antimicrobial resistance data) and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Third, the network identifies new policy directions that can support diagnostics development and adoption by accounting for the public health benefits of using AMR diagnostics. These developments will help AMR diagnostics cross the “valley of death” and help patients.

Expected outcomes:

  • An open, curated online AMR diagnostics developer directory (ADDD), building on AMR Insights’ Technology Pages.
  • A workshop to develop the standards for genotypes, phenotypes, and metadata, as well as the accompanying bacterial isolates for the VBP, building on previous achievements of the Seq4AMR network (Raphenya et al, 2022)
  • A systematic approach for the management, selection and curation of gold standard NGS data, phenotype data, and metadata, as well as the corresponding bacterial isolates for the VBP.
  • Communication, dissemination and roadmap open-access publication describing the VBP contents, its format, and the benchmark set selection protocol. Possible journals: Microbial Genomics or similar.
  • A workshop to develop a proposal for a regulatory pathway to allow AMR diagnostics developers to benefit from incentives based on the public health benefits of their products.
  • An open-access roadmap publication describing the proposed policy.

Network partners

  • Leonid Chindelevitch, Imperial College London, United Kingdom (Coordinator)

This network includes 69 partners from 22 countries:  Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

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International Fungal Network for One-Health Resistance Surveillance: Antifungal Resistance (INFORM-AFR)

Antifungal resistance (AFR) is an increasing concern in fungal pathogens, including Aspergillus fumigatus, yeasts and uncommon moulds that may cause breakthrough infection. There are currently no international AFR surveillance programs, as public health surveillance commonly focusses on bacterial resistance.

Ongoing project

Acquired AFR may develop through in host resistance selection and through exposure of fungi to fungicides in our environment, underscoring the requirement for a One Health approach to AFR surveillance. In this proposal we aim to provide a snap shot of current national AFR surveillance initiatives through an online survey, including identifying the stakeholders involved.

We subsequently will organize a start-up workshop aimed to design surveillance programs that involves clinical and environmental sampling, the use of genomics tools and data management. We aim to involve all relevant stakeholders, including public health institutes, mycology excellence centres and reference laboratories, and environmental and veterinary research groups. The outcome of this workshop will be a surveillance framework that enables systematic resistance surveillance in multiple countries, thus allowing inter-country comparisons.

To increase efficacy, we aim to develop standardized surveillance for multiple fungal pathogens including A. fumigatus, yeasts and non-fumigatus moulds. Laboratory protocols (clinical and environmental), culture collections, case record forms, data management and exchange, privacy and ethical approval issues, and communication plans will be developed. Using this framework, we will apply for funding to secure support to perform surveillance and scientific research associated with the network.

Expected outcomes:

  • Snap shot of current resistance surveillance activities for yeasts, Aspergillus and other moulds and involved stakeholders in various countries and organisations
  • AFR surveillance network designs: Involving the various stakeholders will help to determine how we can build the surveillance network, which information is to be collected (including patient groups and fungal disease entities), how environmental surveillance can be accommodated, how surveillance data can be collected and shared.
  • Alignment between the AFR networks: the network aims using a uniform surveillance network to monitor various pathogens, including A. fumigatus, yeasts and non-fumigatus moulds. This would increase the efficiency of the combined effort although differences in the epidemiology and One-Health aspects need to be addressed.
  • An AFR surveillance funding proposal

Network partners

  • Paul Verweij, Radboud University Medical Centre, The Netherlands (Coordinator)

This network includes 29 partners from 14 countries:  Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States of America.

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Diagnostics and Surveillance Networks

JPIAMR is launching a transnational network call under the umbrella of the JPIAMR and within the framework of the ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION. The call Diagnostics and Surveillance Networks involves funding organisations from 11 countries to date. Networks can be funded with a maximum of 50,000 Euro each.

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This call is closed

The aim of this call is to assemble networks of leading experts and stakeholders with an intent to facilitate the development, optimisation and use of diagnostic and surveillance tools, technologies and systems. Networks should work towards the conceptualisation of ideas in order to provide white papers, guidance documents and/or best practices/roadmaps and evidence frameworks to identify key questions to be addressed and/or potential solutions to overcome barriers to enhanced surveillance and advanced diagnostics to reduce the burden of AMR.

Networks should connect experts from research performing organisations and/or establish clusters with different relevant stakeholders and end users in the AMR community. Networks may build upon new or existing global collaborations/partnerships.

Eleven (11) JPIAMR-ACTION members are participating in this network call. Each network coordinator will be able to apply for a maximum of 50,000 Euro for 12 or 24 months period for support of its activities. The total budget of the call is approximately 1 M Euro.

Please note that JPIAMR network calls do not fund research projects.

Topic of the call

Networks should design and implement ways to support AMR research considering at least one of the two JPIAMR Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) priority topics Diagnostics and Surveillance.

Networks should also aim to address one or more of the following topics:

  1. Identify actions that will improve the diagnostics and surveillance of AMR (in humans and/or animals and/or agriculture and the environment). 
  2. Identify actions needed to support the development of new tools, technologies and systems for diagnosis and surveillance.  
  3. Identify novel or existing data platforms that can be developed or improved to aid international alignment and support the use of surveillance data and/or diagnostics to improve prescription of narrow-spectrum antimicrobials and support alignment with stewardship programmes. 
  4. Identify or assess user needs for tools, technologies, or systems for diagnostics and/or surveillance in appropriate One Health settings.  
  5. Identify the data collection needed to understand inequality in access to diagnostics and how socio-economic factors contribute to this inequality.  
  6. Extend or continue activities of previously funded JPIAMR networks within Surveillance.

Eligibility

Network should consist of a minimum of fifteen (15) partners (including coordinator) from at least ten (10) different countries. In addition, at least three (3) of the partners must come from three (3) different countries whose funding agencies are participating in the call. A network must include at least three (3) early career researchers.

Networks are encouraged to consider gender and geographical diversity among partners.

Information & application

Please contact the call secretariat if you have any questions about the call: jpiamr2022ncs@lmt.lt

Webinar for applicants

A live webinar for applicants was held on the 25th of April 2022 presenting the call and the partner search tool. Representatives from funders participating in the call were available to answer questions.

The webinar was recorded and the videos are now available on the JPIAMR YouTube channel:

Questions and Answers:

Partner search tool

A match-making tool has been created for applicants to facilitate creation of networks. The tool can be used for:

  • Partner looking for the network: an individual searching for a network to join.
  • Network looking for partners: when somebody wants to build a network of experts for the implementation of a particular idea.

Partner search tool for the call Diagnostics and Surveillance Networks

Timeline

12 April 2022 (11.00) – Call opens

25 April 2022 (13.00 CEST) – Webinar for applicants

14 June 2022 (14.00 CEST) – Proposal deadline

Previous JPIAMR network calls

Learn more on the previous JPIAMR network calls:

Funders

Estonia
Estonian Research Council (ETAg)

France
Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

Italy
Ministero della Salute (It-MoH)

Ireland
Health Research Board (HRB)

Lithuania
Research Council of Lithuania (RCL)

Moldova
Agentia Nationala Pentru Cercetare Si Dezvoltare (ANCD)

Netherlands
Zorgonderzoek Nederland Zon (ZonMw)

Norway
Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Spain
Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII)

Sweden
Swedish Research Council (SRC)

United Kingdom
Medical Research Council (UKRI/MRC)

Supported projects

Six networks have been recommended for funding within the JPIAMR 15th transnational call: “Diagnostics and Surveillance Networks”. The networks include 228 partners from 40 countries and the total funding amount was 300 000 € plus up to 100 000  € fort start-up and final joint workshops. Click on the titles in the list below to learn more on each network.

Phage Therapy to Reduce AMR Enterobacteria Spread from a One Health Perspective (Phage-Stop-AMR)

The spread of multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria in food-producing animals including broilers is a global public health concern.

Controlling growth of MDR bacteria and limiting the transmission of antimicrobial resistance genes in broilers could be an effective mitigation strategy. To counteract the spread of MDR bacteria among zoonotic pathogens in food-producing animals and reduce the risk of their transmission to humans or the environment, antibiotic use in animal husbandry has to be reduced. Bacteriophage therapy is increasingly accepted as an environmentally-friendly antimicrobial intervention strategy, effective at specifically targeting bacterial pathogens, to prevent the transmission of resistant bacteria from foods to humans and vice versa.

We use MDR Salmonella and E. coli in broilers as a model and will first select the most efficient phage combinations to specifically reduce these bacteria and MDR plasmids in broilers. Using laboratory, an experimental chicken gut model and farm-level experiments, we will then establish the efficacy of phage formulations as feed additives within a commercial farming context to reduce bacterial numbers and progressively reduce MDR plasmid carriage in broilers. We will test the effect of phage therapy on intestinal parameters of the treated broilers and also on the broiler intestinal microbiome and resistome composition. We will investigate the transmission of AMR plasmids between different enterobacteria in the broiler gut and improve on-site detection of MDR foodborne pathogens as an early warning system at farm level.

Project partners

  • Ulrich Dobrindt, Universität Münster, Germany (Coordinator)
  • Clara Marín-Orenga, Universidad Cardenal Herrera – CEU, Spain
  • Muna Anjum, Animal and Plant Health Agency, United Kingdom
  • Raul Fernandez Lopez, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • Danish Malik, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • Annamária Szmolka, Veterinary Medical Research Institute, Hungary
  • Eliora Ron, Tel Aviv University, Israel

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Microbiota Intervention Strategies Limiting Selection and Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance burden in the One Health domain (MISTAR)

The central aim of MISTAR is to implement and quantify the effect of novel intervention strategies based on the preservation of the “healthy microbiota” to eradicate and control the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

We will do this using a One Health approach that involves hospitalized patients, healthy humans, pets, farm animals and the environment. In MISTAR we will follow three main approaches to control the spread of AMR. (i) Intervene with the gut microbiota either by prioritizing potential interventions based of microbiota composition indices/diagnostic tools or by using fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) to modulate the gut microbiota to reduce and possibly avoid the colonization of and further infections by multidrug resistance pathogens. (ii) Intervene with airborne dust-bound spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) between pets and humans in households, farm animals and hospitalized patients by applying air purifiers to remove these microorganisms from the air. Finally, we will (iii) develop novel innovative intervention approaches aimed at specifically targeting ARB in complex microbial communities, like the intestinal tract and sewage.

MISTAR will bring perspectives on novel interventions to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance that can readily be integrated into existing organisational structures that are also applicable in low-and-middle income countries, and innovative technologies, which needs investment.

Project partners

  • Marcel de Zoete, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands (Coordinator)
  • Teresa M. Coque, Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria, Spain
  • Surbhi Malhotra- Kumar, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Stineke van Houte, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Willem van Schaik, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Alex Bossers, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Ilana Lopes Baratella da Cunha Camargo, University of São Paulo, Brazil

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Combating Antibiotic Resistance in Philippine Lakes: One Health upstream interventions to reduce the burden (ARPHILAKE)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) may lead to more deaths than cancer by 2050. Action is required now to avert this disaster.

This study aims to implement key interventions in Greater Manila, The Philippines to reduce AMR. Interventions will focus on hospitals, small farms, and the Laguna Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Better antibiotic use, point of care testing in hospitals and farms, and novel solar-powered wastewater cleaning technologies will be implemented. Their impact will be assessed by state-of-the-art molecular surveillance for antibiotic resistance genes and bacteria in the water before and after interventions. The study will be the most comprehensive and systematic interventions to be introduced in Asia to reduce AMR in lakes.

Project partners

  • Dylan Pillai, University of Calgary, Canada (Coordinator)
  • Maria Pythias Espino, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • Stefanos Giannakis, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
  • Ana Pereira do Vale, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Paul Wigley, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

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JPIAMR Network for Integrating Microbial Sequencing and Platforms for Antimicrobial Resistance (Seq4AMR)

Main Questions/Approach: How can we best identify and promote collaboration and implementation between AMR NGS stakeholders that link the individual fields of (new) NGS technologies, algorithms, quality standards, teaching/training and sequence databanks?

Ongoing project

Answer – By establishing an international and interdisciplinary OneHealth network of public and private experts to take the lead in identifying potential knowledge gaps and solutions. Further, by developing AMR NGS-dedicated quality and teaching/training materials. Finally, by promoting discussion and interactions between AMR NGS stakeholders and other working groups with cross-cutting priorities – including extensive use of JPIAMR VRI.

Objectives:

  1. Promote active collaboration between interdisciplinary OneHealth AMR NGS stakeholders
  2. Identify knowledge gaps and provide solutions to current/future AMR NGS issues
  3. Formulate recommendations on quality and quality materials
  4. Educate AMR NGS stakeholders via interdisciplinary-directed AMR NGS teaching/training materials

Activities:

  1. Dedicated website and access to network materials
  2. Face-to-face network meetings and regular teleconferences (in collaboration with other relevant JPIAMR working groups)
  3. Open access publications and collation of a Seq4AMR Strategic Roadmap
  4. Dedicated interdisciplinary Seq4AMR webinar(s) and course(s)
  5. Dedicated Seq4AMR workshop at a relevant international meeting
  6. Promotion of Seq4AMR and JPIAMR during conferences.

Expected Results:

  1. Establish new OneHealth AMR synergies between international and interdisciplinary experts for knowledge exchange, joint publications grant writing etc.
  2. Identify current knowledge gaps and how to best fill these gaps
  3. Formulate quality recommendations and access to materials
  4. Develop new interdisciplinary AMR teaching/training/ materials
  5. To publish a Seq4AMR Strategic Roadmap
  6. To contribute and strengthen the activities of JPIAMR VRI

Network partners

  • John Hays, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Netherlands (Coordinator)
  • A. Stubbs, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Netherlands
  • A. Heikema, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Netherlands
  • A. van Belkum, BioMérieu France, Craponne, France
  • W. A. Valdivia, Orion Integrated Biosciences (OIB), Kansas, USA
  • Liping Ma, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
  • E. Kristiansson, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • S. Bruchmann, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  • A. McArthur, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (CARD Database)
  • S. Emler, SmartGene GmbH, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • E. Claas, Leiden University Hospital, Leiden, the Netherlands
  • S. Beisken, Ares Genetics GmbH, Vienna, Austria
  • R. Stabler, London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  • A. Lebrand, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • M. Petrillo, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy
  • S. Capella-Gutierrez, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), Barcelona, Spain
  • L. Portell, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), Barcelona, Spain
  • B. Grüning, Freiburg Galaxy Team, Freiburg, Germany
  • G. Cuccuru, Freiburg Galaxy Team, Freiburg, Germany
  • C. Carrillo, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Canada
  • B. Blais, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Canada
  • B. Gruening, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  • W. Meier, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  • B. Batut, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  • K. Vanneste, Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium
  • J. Bengtsson-Palme, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • T. Naas, Hopital de Bicêtre, Paris, France
  • N. Strepis, Erasmus University Medical Centre (Erasmus MC), the Netherlands
  • A. Rhod Larsen, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • B. Helwigh, National Food Institute, Lyngby, Denmark
  • H. Hasman, National Food Institute, Lyngby, Denmark
  • R. Hendriksen, National Food Institute, Lyngby, Denmark
  • S. Forslund, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany 
  • L. Pedro Coelho, Institute of Science and Technology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • A. Patak, Molecular Biology and Genomics Unit, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra, Italy
  • M. Querci, Deputy Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • G. van den Eede, Head of Unit, Health, Consumer and Reference Materials, European Union, Brussels, Belgium

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