The COVID-19 pandemic has made a huge impact on all of us but also made us more certain than ever that collaboration across borders and disciplines is the way forward. The need for science is more important than ever!
Being part of JPIAMR, an organisation supporting research and coordinating resources in these challenging times is very motivating. Together, the JPIAMR member countries create opportunities and enable research on antimicrobial resistance with a One Health approach across the globe. Important work have been carried out no matter of the many changes and hurdles presented in 2020.
Antibiotic resistance is already a serious challenge and we could only imagine what it would be like to be in an ”AMR-pandemic”. So we need to prepare for solutions and collaborations to curb AMR on a global scale. We need to keep working together.
JPIAMR has continued the work in 2020 in this spirit. We have awarded funding to seven new networks, launched a research call on water pollutants in collaboration with JPI Water and JPI Oceans, developed research infrastructures dashboards, created a new ERAnet Co-fund JPIAMR-ACTION and organised virtual meetings, scientific workshops and webinars.
– I am very pleased and impressed how JPIAMR has been able to adapt to the new conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with digital workshops and webinars, launched to facilitate knowledge exchanges and sharing of research results despite travel restrictions, funding of different networks by JPIAMR has demonstrated the importance of research collaborations across borders, says Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, JPIAMR Chair.
JPIAMR launched this year a new Implementation Plan for the years 2021-23 and advanced the design of the future One Health AMR Partnership. We enter the new year with several exciting activities and research opportunities. The focus for the coming year is already set, and we look forward to collaborations across borders and disciplines. Doing what we are set do to and best at: Making countries work together on AMR research with a One Health approach. We are working together, with you and for you.
– Laying the foundations for the One Health AMR partnership is a very stimulating enterprise. Research collaborations among countries and organisations are a critical element of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, addressing the ever increasing AMR global threat will need countries to come together. In this context, the future for the One Health AMR Partnership looks bright, even if the challenges are manifold, says Marie-Paule Kieny, JPIAMR Vice-Chair.