The TACTIC experience: Establishing an international, interdisciplinary network to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Leena Al-Hassan, Anne Roemer-Mahler, James Price, Jasmin Islam, Hadir El-Mahallawy, Paul G. Higgins, Amira F.A. Hussein, Ignasi Roca, Melanie Newport

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global health threat that requires an interdisciplinary international approach to address. In response to calls from policymakers and funders alike, a growing number of research networks on AMR have been created with this approach in mind. However, there are many challenges facing researchers in establishing such networks and research projects. In this article, we share our experience of establishing the network 'TACTIC: Tackling AMR Challenges through Translational Interdisciplinary Collaborations'. Although presented with many challenges both scientific and logistical, the network has underpinned productive interaction between biomedical and social scientists from several countries and fostered true collaboration in an educative, stimulating and sustainable way that forms a platform for important research on AMR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1213-1220
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Network funds seem to rely on the research time that most UK universities allocate to their staff. Yet there is often a mismatch between formally allocated research time and the actual time available that academics have to conduct research, with teaching and administrative requirements often taking over. This mismatch can be exacerbated when network participants hold more than one small grant, with none of them paying for their time. In LMICs, this situation tends to be even more difficult. Here, allocated research time is rare, and research tends to be funded by either external scientific and donor organizations, or it is conducted in people’s private time and supported by private resources. The ability to establish and maintain interdisciplinary collaboration, therefore, depends significantly on the time and resources available to individual researchers.

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