PHG Foundation | Progress of UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

Dr Laura Blackburn, project manager at the PHG Foundation and one of the team working on the infectious disease genomics project, commented:

“This report demonstrates why it is vital that we tackle the threat of AMR before the treatments that we have become ineffective, which could lead to previously easy to treat infections becoming fatal. It is encouraging to note the importance the report places on the role of current and emerging technologies, including genomics, in the development of new diagnostics and infection response, for example through Health Innovation Challenge Fund projects. Our work in this area indicates that targeted use of genomics can have a significant impact on infection control efforts, where conventional methods are not able to determine the source and spread of outbreaks”.