A new Science Museum exhibition that puts the spotlight on antibiotic resistance is being sponsored by the UK’s seven research councils, soon to become part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
‘Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives’ highlights the urgent need to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which, without action, will lead to advanced medical treatments such as chemotherapy and major surgery all but disappearing.
Together, the seven research councils are working to prevent a ‘post-antibiotic era’ where we are unable to treat common infections and minor injuries that have been treatable for decades. The Superbugs exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the vital work the research councils support in this area and to celebrate its researcher teams across the science disciplines, some of whom are playing a central role in the exhibition.
From April 2018, the research councils will become part of UKRI which will bring together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. It intends to be an outstanding organisation that ensures the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation.
Going forward, UKRI will continue to provide the strategic direction and financial support to enable researchers in the UK to work collaboratively, locally and globally, to control resistance and to develop new scientific approaches. This strategy encompasses addressing patient demand, developing alternative treatments and new antibiotics and reviewing farming practices. But we also need to improve awareness and understanding of AMR with good communication, education and training.
‘Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives’ explores the causes of AMR, such as the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, what the solutions might be, and how we can all get involved in preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics.
The exhibition opened on 9 November 2017 and will run until Spring 2019.
Source: Medical Research Council