Expert meeting WHO: the role of water in the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria

On 5 and 6 July the KWR Watercycle Research Institute has hosted a WHO expert meeting meeting for 35 international experts on water and antimicrobial resistant bacteria to write an action plan for the WHO to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance through water. The water sector has a central position in a lot of these processes, allowing them to contribute to the approach to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.


European ‘One Health’ plan aims to curb antimicrobial resistance

Action plan treats human and animal health as interconnected

The European commission has launched a plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance through concrete actions, including stricter monitoring of antibiotic use in farm animals, boosting research into epidemiology and reinforcing cooperation with institutions such as the World Health Organization.


Antimicrobial resistance is stable, but alertness remains necessary

The number of bacteria strains resistant to antibiotics in humans has remained stable in the Netherlands over the past year. However, outbreaks of resistant strains of bacteria in healthcare institutions are still reported occasionally. This is expected to happen more often in the future, leaving vulnerable people at an increased risk of getting ill. This is shown in the annual NethMap/MARAN report, which contains information about antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance in the Netherlands for both humans and animals.


Call closed: Novel Antibacterial Compounds and Therapies Antagonizing Resistance (NACTAR)

The Dutch Ministry of Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and NWO Domain TTW have jointly commissioned an ambitious research programme on the development of new antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics. As a result, we present here the Call for Proposals focusing on ´Novel Antibacterial Compounds and Therapies Antagonizing Resistance’ (NACTAR). The main goal of the programme is to facilitate research and development of new antimicrobial molecules and alternatives to antibiotics, which should become available for the healthcare system for a fair and affordable price.

Only proposals that have taken part in the pre-proposal phase, will be accepted in the full proposal phase. Deadline pre-proposal phase is 27 June, 14:00 hrs.


Succesful NADP launch event in Utrecht

Prof Ben Feringa

On 18 April 2017, the Netherlands Antibiotic Development Platform (NADP) was launched in Utrecht with the project partner, and representatives from science, industry, and government. The aim of the launch event was to show how NADP can help facilitate the next step from academic discovery to accelerate R&D to develop new antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics.


NADP takes the next step towards new antibiotics and alternatives

NADP logo

Within the Netherlands Antibiotic Development Platform (NADP), knowledge institutions and the business community will work together to develop new antibiotics and alternatives. The core mission of NADP is to bring companies and research groups together to accelerate research into the development of new antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics. NADP will thereby focus on organisations that work on the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections in humans and animals. A new public-private research programme by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) domain Applied and Technical Sciences (NWO TTW) will support these developments.