Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to human health and the scientific community plays an important role in understanding the drivers behind the increasing resistance among bacteria.

The activities at Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre in this field are led by Dr Anna Johnning who has an extensive scientific network and several ongoing joint collaborations with e.g. Chalmers University of Technology and in connection to the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research in Gothenburg (CARe). Recently, the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance Research (JPIAMR) – which brings together researchers from 29 nations worldwide in the effort against antibiotic resistance – announced funding for projects in surveillance and diagnostics.

Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre received a 3.5MSEK grant proposed by the consortium including Dr Anna Johnning: Defining E. coli Diversity in Complex Samples: Methods for Surveillance & Transmission (DECODE). The project is a collaboration with Dr Fabrice Graf and Professor Nicholas Feasey at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, and Professor Sabiha Essack at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and runs 2024–2027.

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