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Combating resistance to antibiotics and other drugs

Drug-resistant infectious agents constitute a major threat to public health. Many infections, such as tuberculosis and pneumonia are becoming more difficult to treat due to the emergence of drug-resistant pathogens that spread at an alarming rate both in the nosocomial (hospital-based) environment and in the community.

In order to strengthen the fight against antimicrobial resistance, support will be given to genomics-based approaches for the development of improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Work Programme with research topics for currently open call(s)

Commission contact for antimicrobial resistance research:
Anna Lönnroth: ec.europa.eu

Relevant publications:

  • " How to make our hospitals a safer place " - This leaflet summarizes the final results of the ARPAC project (Strategies for control and prevention of antibiotic resistance in European hospitals) of FP5, contract QLK2-CT-2001-00915. Four Study Groups of ESCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) have contributed to the analysis of data on infection control and antibiotic policy measures collected by almost 300 European hospitals. Specific recommendations are given for hospitals, national health authorities and European health authorities.
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  • European Research in Action : A short brochure on the problem of antibiotic resistance and how this is being tackled by EU-funded research
  • Hospital-acquired infections - a ticking bomb? A short leaflet on current funding into antibiotic resistance in health-care associated infections
  • European Conference on the role of research in combating antibiotic resistance , co-organised as a joint initiative between the European Commission (DG RTD) and ESCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) took place in Rome, 28-30 November 2003.
    The meeting report is available at: http://www.escmid.org/sites/index_f.asp?par=3.3
  • Project catalogue: 'Antimicrobial resistance research in the Quality of Life Programme (1999-2002)' , a publication describing FP5 projects in this area, can be downloaded from the Europa Quality of Life site .
    This is a new version that provides a revised and considerably extended inventory of all projects on antimicrobial resistance funded in FP5.
  • Control of Infectious Diseases - Catalogue of Research Projects in the Fifth Framework Programme (1998-2002) , download from CORDIS Quality of Life Publications
  • Impact evaluation of the Control of Infectious Diseases Key Action in the Fifth Framework Programme of Research (1998-2002) - Study report (Download in PDF )


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