AMR Centre Publication Prize Winners 2021
We are delighted to announce that the winners of the staff and student Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre Publication Prizes 2021 are Dr Uduak Okomo and Dr Titus Divala. Join us for this celebratory event to hear the winners give a short talk on their research papers, with introductions from the AMR Centre management team and the opportunity to ask our speakers questions.
The prestigious Publication Prizes are awarded by the AMR Centre each year to one London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) staff member and one PhD student for research into antimicrobial resistance published in the previous year (2020). The papers are judged by a panel from our management committee, with criteria focused on the applicant’s authorship role, scientific excellence and impact in the field of AMR, and the recipients are each awarded £500.
Dr Uduak Okomo, clinical assistant professor in The Gambia and recipient of our staff prize winner for the second year running, impressed the committee with her work on resistant infections in a Gambian neonatal unit. The study, published in The Lancet Microbe, applied whole genome sequencing (WGS) to investigate the resistance patterns of two unrelated outbreaks of Burkholderia cepacia and multidrug-resistant Klebsiella. This research highlighted the emerging threat of previously unreported resistant strains of bacteria and demonstrated that WGS is a clinically useful tool to monitor AMR in sub-Saharan African settings.
Dr Titus Divala, research degree student at LSHTM, was awarded our student prize for his research investigating the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to diagnose tuberculosis (TB), published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Antibiotics are commonly used to distinguish TB from lower-respiratory tract infections, however, this systematic review revealed a weak evidence base for the practice, poor diagnostic performance and a significant potential contribution to the AMR crisis.
- Dr Uduak Okomo, clinical assistant professor at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM
- Dr Titus Divala, PhD Candidate in the department of infectious disease epidemiology, LSHTM
- Professor Clare Chandler, director of the LSHTM AMR Centre
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