World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week
The World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices for using antimicrobials responsibly among the general public, health workers and policy makers, to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. The focus for WAAW and EAAD in England is normally on health and social care workers, as well as patients who have been prescribed antibiotics. Whilst this is still an important focus, especially in light of a difficult flu season, the WAAW campaign remains accessible for all members of the community to take part in and learn from, including veterinary, food, and environmental organisations and their users.
World AMR Awareness Week takes place from 18 to 24 November each year. WAAW is led globally by the World Health Organization (WHO).
To continue reading and for more information on the WAAW, please visit www.gov.uk.
Crossing the streams: Integrating skills and knowledge between Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Public Patient Involvement (PPI)
This workshop was held on 5 December 2022 at The Old Fire Station, Oxford. The workshop was a joint initiative between the Nuffield Department of Health, and the MRC-funded project Adolescent Mental Health and the Developing Mind.
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Public/Patient Involvement (PPI) are tools that can help researchers think about the way they carry out their research, as well as about how they involve others within the research process. While both RRI and PPI are helpful ways of supporting researchers in their work in this way, often they are not found alongside each other within research environments, despite having many similar concerns.
The workshop aimed to start unpacking RRI and PPI, to examine areas of commonality and difference, and investigate the different lenses they bring to participant-inclusive research. The workshop focused on the topic of data ethics, consent and participant databases as a case study to understand how RRI and PPI can be applied in a specific research scenario. Two ‘masterclasses’ familiarised workshop attendees with both areas, and a shared activity delved into how both RRI and PPI could be used in different ways for the case-study. The outcomes of this workshop will be taken forward within the MRC project to inform future approaches to responsibly managing and utilising large databases of participant data for clinical research as well as ways of sharing and communicating researchers’ responsible actions to engaged research participants.
Podcast: Statistically Speaking
How do you count a whole nation in a day or track the spread of a pandemic?
Listen to Prof Sarah Walker and colleagues in one of the ONS’s most ambitious surveys to date: the COVID-19 Infection Survey.
RESEARCHERS ENGAGE THE PUBLIC ABOUT PREVENTING INFECTIONS AT THE OXFORD SCIENCE + IDEAS FESTIVAL
Researchers from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford BISQIT (Behaviour, Implementation Science and Qualitative methods in Infections) team engaged the public about behaviours to promote preventing common infections and less unnecessary antibiotic use.
Prof Derrick Crook interviewed on the BBC World Service
Listen to CRyPTIC Principal Investigator, Prof Derrick Crook, talking about this world-wide collaboration project and its impact on tuberculosis on News Hour on the BBC World Service. The segment starts about 35 minutes in. You will need a BBC login so this link may not work for everyone.
Antibiotic Guardians: two-way learning through science festivals
In the Infections & Acute Care Research Group , we focus on how we can optimise the diagnosis and management of common infections and antibiotic prescribing. In 2022, we took our key messages to the public as part of the Oxford Science + Ideas Festival and the Festival of Social Science.
Read on to find out more about this great two-way learning experience and our reflections.