We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to studying why antibiotic-resistant bacteria are generated, how they behave in different situations and what is the role of the environment, animals and production chains in their development and spread.
Our mission is to preserve the power of antibiotics. To accomplish this, our work unfolds from diverse perspectives, including
glances from clinicians, veterinarians, microbiologists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists, social epidemiologists, pharmaceutical chemists, and specialists in mathematical modeling and public policy.
MICROB-R was born in October 2018 thanks to funding from the Millennium Science Initiative, of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism of the Government of Chile.
The largest part of our scientific research is focused on this theme. We seek to answer questions such as: What’s the role of environment and animals in the appearance and dissemination of antibiotic resistant bacteria in various scenarios? What are the dynamics of transmission of resistant bacteria between the hospital and the community? Our research takes place at four laboratories, each one contributing a different knowledge base and capabilities.
MICROB-R currently organizes several educational initiatives aimed at different publics. We want to generate understanding and awareness about the resistance phenomenon, and its global and multicausal character. Currently we are working on the following initiatives:
Antimicrobial resistance is a highly complex phenomenon whose solution requires coordinated actions between different actors. MICROB-R wants to play a role in public policy design through:
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