Team of Canadian Researchers are leading Antibiotic Bacterial Resistance Research
It is well known that antimicrobial resistance is a threat to global health and occurs when bacteria, viruses or parasites, adapt to drugs used to treat conditions and are therefore no longer effective.
To fight the threat of antimicrobial resistance three Canadian research teams will help lead the global response ighting drug-resistant infections, one team is at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the University of Saskatchewan, one at the Université de Sherbrooke and one at the University of Ottawa will share $300,000 in funding from the Government of Canada.
At UNB, Dr. Suzanne Hindmarch (political science), is studying international relations and global health, and together with Dr. Malcolm King, scientific director of the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research at the University of Saskatchewan, will co-lead a team of mostly Indigenous researchers. The Indiginous researchers will consult with Indigenous organizations in Canada on their perspectives on antimicrobial resistance, the unique issues it poses in their communities and how they would like to be involved in the national and global response.
When Dr. Hindmarch began researching the topic she was suprised to see that Indiginous perspectives were not present in antimicrobial resistance.
“Because the antimicrobial resistance response is still in its infancy, there’s a tremendous opportunity to work in partnership to build Indigenous leadership into this response from the outset – and to ensure that the response is culturally safe, respectful of Indigenous peoples and well-situated in the larger context of Indigenous health, wellness and sovereignty,” Hindmarch said.Anti
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