About us

Who we are

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a threat to life and healthcare globally.

The Antimicrobial Resistance Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) operates as a centre of excellence in AMR research. Bringing together researchers from a unique breadth of disciplines across the sciences and humanities, the Centre is known for its high quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary work to meet the complex challenge of AMR.

AMR Centre members have expertise in addressing drug-resistant infections along the whole research pipeline, including basic biology, genomics, pharmacology, clinical research, epidemiology, policy research, social sciences and modelling.

Our expertise, established over decades of world-leading research in infectious diseases around the globe, lies in descriptive, experimental and translational research to understand and respond to AMR.

What we do

The Centre has unrivalled reach across scientists, policy makers and practitioners around the globe, with current AMR research in 30 countries. In our research we aim to:

  • Describe where, how and why AMR is a problem
  • Develop, model, evaluate and translate innovative solutions to reduce the threat of AMR

Within LSHTM, there is a strong emphasis on the One Health paradigm, integrating research on human, animal and ecosystem health. This is crucial for tackling AMR, given that transmission and spread occurs through the movement of both microbes and antimicrobials between humans, animals and the environment.

As part of our commitment to world-leading research, we help to share and expand knowledge and foster new collaborations by: hosting seminars with speakers at the cutting-edge of their fields; organising and collaborating in events at LSHTM and across the world; actively engaging in debates on policy; fortnightly academic-led newsletter and twitter feed.

LSHTM is also a host institution to cohorts of Fleming Fund Fellows, a programme funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, which aims to help fellows from around the world to develop the skills required to combat the global threat of antibiotic resistance. 

Research Pillars
Biological and Pharmacological Sciences

The Biological and Pharmacological Sciences Pillar covers a wide range of areas; from bacterial mechanism(s) of AMR, to developing new therapeutics as a first line of defence against foreseeable health crises. 

Clinical and Veterinary Sciences

For those working in clinical and veterinary medicine, the challenge of AMR is apparent on a daily basis. AMR does not respect boundaries of age or geography, so we are all responsible for good infection practice and contributing to research to reduce the burden of AMR.

Epidemiology and Modelling

Research in the Epidemiology and Modelling Pillar includes mathematical, epidemiologic, micro-economic and macro-economic models to describe the incidence, prevalence, mechanisms, cost of AMR, and cost-effectiveness of control strategies against diverse infectious pathogens.

Economic, Social and Political Sciences

The Economic, Social and Political Sciences are a crucial component of our research into the individual, social, and societal aspects of AMR across the world. We study behaviours and their complex relationships with environments, health systems and policies in different social, economic and political contexts, and promote policy impact through direct engagement with decision-makers around the globe. 

Humanities and Environmental Sciences

The Humanities and Environmental Sciences Pillar includes a broad range of disciplines, drawing on expertise from across environmental health science and microbiology, geography, history, and literary and critical studies to examine the threat of AMR through a multifaceted ecological, social, and biological lens.  

Steering Committee

AMR researchers at LSHTM