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News and comment from GRAM and its network of global collaborators

Medical University Varna, Bulgaria - Prof Klara Dokova

Professor Klara Dokova is an Associated Professor at the Department of Social Medicine and Health Care Organisation, she is the Vice Dean at the Faculty of Public Health at the Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria. Her work is mainly focused on teaching and research in the broad field of Public Health, encouraging young Healthcare Professionals to start and develop their careers.

The KICK-AMR Pacific Partnership

Dr Ravi Naidu, Head of Infection Prevention and Control, Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva, Fiji, and Dr Michael Loftus, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, discuss the 'KICK-AMR Pacific Partnership,' which aims to improve the understanding of AMR prevalence and drivers in Fiji and the Pacific region.

Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and Chiang Rai Clinical Research Unit in Chiangrai, Northern Thailand

Carlo Perrone is a research physician based at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit and is the head of the Chiang Rai Clinical Research Unit in Chiangrai, Thailand

Medical University Varna, Bulgaria

The Medical University at Varna was founded as a Higher Medical Institute in 1960. The school was founded in response to public demand for highly qualified medical personnel and specialised medical care for the population in this region of the country. Higher Medical Institute, Varna, was renamed Medical University, Varna, in 1995. Professor Temenuga Stoeva is Head of the Microbiology Department here and at University Hospital, ‘Saint Marina’ and discussed her work with the GRAM team.

KEMRI Nairobi, Kenya, with the Walter Reed Project (USAMRD-A)

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a state corporation responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya. KEMRI has grown from its humble beginning over 40 years ago to become a regional leader in human health research. The Institute currently ranks as one of the leading Centres of excellence in health research both in Africa as well as globally. Dr Lillian Musila is a Kenyan Scientist working at KEMRI in Nairobi. She is a principle Research Scientist and the Principle Investigator for an Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Project under the Department of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The CHILDS Trust Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, India

The CHILDS Trust Medical Research Foundation (CTMRF), is a not for profit paediatric teaching hospital in Chennai, India. The Foundation are conducting surveillance of AMR in bacterial pathogens causing paediatric infectious diseases. They are addressing these challenges by joining AMR surveillance Networks (GRAM, WHO-GLASS) and sharing their data, while also submitting grants to support AMR research in India (GRAM, Indian Council for Medical Research), with enhanced collaboration with other stake holders. Anand Manoharan is the Director of Research at CTMRF.