Tools for the Epidemiology of AMR Plasmids, One-Health Transmission and Surveillance

Project: Research council

Project Details


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is spreading rapidly across the globe, and much of this is driven by autonomous 'elements' of DNA called plasmids, which can common carry AMR genes. The ability of AMR plasmids to transfer independently between bacteria, even of different species, presents a serious challenge for epidemiologists attempting to monitor the prevalence and spread of AMR, because the patterns of transmission of AMR plasmids, and AMR genes, might be distinct from those of the bacteria themselves. There is thus a requirement at the core of One-Health AMR management strategies to tease apart the transmission of strains, plasmids (and even individual AMR genes), to implement effective monitoring and risk assessments. Currently, however, our capacity for to track plasmids is limited due to how quickly they evolve and diversify. This network brings together experts who have made critical contributions to this problem through the development of bioinformatics tools, clinical and non-clinical AMR surveillance, and plasmid biology. The network includes partners from low and middle-income countries and will place an emphasis on training and stakeholder engagement.
Effective start/end date13/02/2312/08/24


  • MRC


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