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.
Programme with research topics for currently open call(s)
Commission contact for antimicrobial resistance research:
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.
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?
short leaflet on current funding into antibiotic resistance in
health-care associated infections
European Conference on the role of research in combating
, 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:
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
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
- Study report (Download in