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Antimicrobial Resistance Research

Our One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance.

At the University of Exeter we recognise that antimicrobial resistance is an issue on a global scale. Our research stretches from fundamental lab work right through to influencing global policies on the issue.

Our teams are committed to developing new ways to reduce antibiotic resistance, minimise antibiotic use, create alternative treatments, and tackle the major health and food threat from anti-fungal resistance.

Combating AMR with innovation

Discover how our vital research is helping the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.

In focus

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Stemming the tide of AMR in the natural environment

The prevalence of AMR in the environment starkly highlights the complex cycle of antimicrobial use and spread of resistance.

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"AMR is not just a medical problem. It’s also a threat to crops, to food security and to animals.

This interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment demands a collaborative, trans-disciplinary, One Health approach to finding solutions."

Professor Neil Gow
Professor of Microbiology
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

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Tackling antibiotic use in the clinic

Examples of resistance have been recorded against virtually every class of antibiotic and antifungal drug ever developed, meaning that their use is often compromised or ineffective

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Fungal resistance – an under-recognised crisis with massive global impact

Antifungal resistance is less recognised amid the AMR challenge, yet fungal diseases affect billions of people each year and are responsible for approximately 1.5 million deaths per year worldwide.

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AMR – uniting the disciplines to understand behaviour and influence change

Exeter’s One Health ethos unites social scientists and specialists in humanities with microbiologists, mathematicians and many more, achieving a holistic approach to influencing policy and behaviours.

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Research talent spotlight

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Professor William Gaze

Professor of Microbiology



  Environment and Sustainability Institute 2.06

  University of Exeter Medical School, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I am a Professor of Microbiology at The European Centre for Environment and Human Health, part of the University of Exeter Medical School. I lead a large research group focusing on the environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with recent and current funding of £4M with over 20 group members. We research the evolution of resistance in complex microbial communities found in human, animal and environmental microbiomes. We also study the dissemination of AMR at a landscape scale and human exposure and transmission in aquatic environments.

Key publications:

Antimicrobial Resistance: Investigating the Environmental Dimension.

Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern. United Nations Environment Programme.

Key project:

UK: Argentina AMR DHSC/UKAID towards developing a systems model of AMR focusing on feed-lot beef production systems as an exemplar

External engagement:

Keynote speaker 5th International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance (EDAR 5)

Full academic profile:

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