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Not-so natural selection - the role of environmental pollution in the rise of antimicrobial resistance

ESI State of the Art talk by Featured ESI Academic of the month: Dr Aimee Murray

Dr Aimee Murray is a Lecturer in Microbiology. She is based in Cornwall at the Environment & Sustainability Institute, Penryn and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Truro.

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is when microorganisms (including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) are unable to be effectively treated with antimicrobial drugs. Often referred to as the ‘silent pandemic’, bacterial AMR alone was associated with close to 5 million deaths in 2019. Most research focuses on AMR in clinical environments; however, in recent years, the role of the environment in the development, spread and transmission of AMR has become internationally acknowledged. One important area is whether antimicrobial pollution can enrich AMR in the aquatic environment. This talk will discuss previous evidence and future research into evolution of AMR at environmentally relevant antimicrobial concentrations, using an environmental risk assessment framework.