The Government has awarded the University of Birmingham-hosted BactiVac Network up to £1 million funding to accelerate the development of bacterial vaccines in a bid to prevent infections occurring as part of the global fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The award has been made by the Department of Health and Social Care(DHSC)’s Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF) and comes after Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock this month announced the UK’s 20-year vision and five-year (2019-2024) AMR national action plan.
Supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networks in Vaccines Research & Development, which is co-funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), BactiVac will use this additional funding to accelerate the development and uptake of vaccines against bacterial infections in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
BactiVac, which delivers a large portfolio of catalyst projects by bringing together academic and industry partners from the UK and other high-income countries and LMICs, targets bacterial diseases in both humans and animals that can lead to the emergence and spread of AMR and pose a significant threat to human health.
BactiVac is hosted at the University of Birmingham, which has one of the biggest teams of microbiologists in the European Union devoted to tackling AMR through pioneering research to better understand how bacteria cause infection, how antibiotics work, the causes of resistance, prevention of spread of resistant bacteria and finding new ways to treat infections.