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Interdisciplinary Research ExcellenceUniversity Strategic Research Groups

Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention

Interdisciplinary collaboration linking biofilm expertise with translational clinical expertise
Danger from biofilm infections


NAMRIP aims to become the first port-of-call for UK Government for the interdisciplinary approach to research and collaboration in combatting the increasing resistance that microbes display to countermeasures such as antibiotics.




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 At Southampton,  through cross faculty collaborations between engineers, physical scientists, clinicians and social scientists, we have excellence in attacking this problem. Antibiotics do not simply combat infections associated with surgery, wounding or illness: they also enable the current levels of food production (in the US, 70% of all antibiotics are used in food production). However simple natural selections means that surviving microbes can develop into antibiotic resistant strains, necessitating the search for new antibiotics which will themselves cause the development of stains that are resistant to them. Unless an alternative is found, infections and operations that are today considered routine will become life threatening, and we will face a catastrophe in food production. One of the things NAMRIP focuses on is reducing the need for antibiotics by preventing infection, effectively intercepting the microbe before it establishes itself in the host.


To find out more about it or to join this USRG please contact the Chair, Professor Tim Leighton (, the Interdisciplinary Research Coordinator for the group: Frances Clarke ( or the Programme Coordinator, Yvonne Richardson (

Steering Group members for NAMRIP: Professors Robert Eason, Mandy Fader, William Keevil, Robert Read and Robert Wood, Drs Yuan Huang, Rob Howlin Emma Roe and David Voegeli

Understanding how our behaviour in one area links to effects in other

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Antimicrobial resistance and the food chain
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Key facts

"There are few public health issues of greater importance than antimicrobial resistance …(it)… cannot be eradicated but a interdisciplinary approach involving a wide range of partners will limit the risk…and minimise its impact for health, now and in the future."  UK 5-Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.

Tim Leighton
Professor Tim Leighton presents at the NAMRIP launch
Sally Davies
Dame Sally Davies presents at the NAMRIP launch event
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NAMRIP Launch Event December 2015
Exhibit on show at the NAMRIP launch event

First step to a Cognitive Computation assistant for NAMRIP

Professor Jeremy Frey has attracted one of the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Science (TMCS) students from the joint EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training run by Oxford, Bristol and Southampton Universities

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