Antimicrobial resistance is contributing to one of the biggest public health threats of our time: the risk of medicines losing their ability to effectively prevent and treat infections. The spread of drug resistant infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi is alarming, and without radical interventions, is predicted to leap from causing 50,000 deaths per year to 10 million deaths by 2050.
There is fast-growing demand for specialist science, policy and clinical expertise to address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance.
The IOI will provide world-leading postgraduate degree and educational programmes that offer skills and training for new researchers to advance the science, develop the insights, and foster the interdisciplinary approaches required to address the wide-ranging challenges of antimicrobial resistance.
Initially, we will be accepting doctoral-level students to study with us through existing PhD programmes through which students can apply to undertake research with us:
- Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - The DTP offers an innovative, interdisciplinary four-year graduate training programme, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UKRI-BBSRC). It aims to equip a new generation of researchers with the skills, insight and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in bioscience research.
- Pasteur-Paris and Oxford University PhD Training Programme (PPU-Oxford) - The Institut Pasteur is an international center of excellence for biomedical research supporting projects to treat and prevent disease, leading to therapeutic applications. The Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford is a world-leading chemistry department carrying out pioneering work, particularly in the field of chemistry for biology and medicine, with a focus on combating antibiotic resistance. These two Institutions are joining their forces and complementary expertise to develop cutting edge projects at the interface of chemistry and biology to tackle the AMR challenge.
In the future, we expect to offer a one-year MSc in Antimicrobial Resistance, which will offer broad scientific training, interdisciplinary perspectives and practical skills that will provide excellent foundations of knowledge to promote successful careers in research, industry, policy or healthcare.
We are also designing short courses and bespoke training workshops to equip professionals with the latest insights on the science and practice of combatting antimicrobial resistance.
Further details will be published and promoted when these opportunities become available.