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NAMRIP features in New Scientist article

Published: 26 March 2016
Cover of New Scientist magazine
Cover of New Scientist magazine featuring NAMRIP, 26th March-1st April 2016

An interview with Professor Tim Leighton, Chair of NAMRIP, has featured in the latest edition of the New Scientist magazine.

The article 'Resistance fighter takes the battle to microbes' is also available to view online via the New Scientist website.

Tim explains how he got interested in antimicrobial resistance after reading a UK government report that by 2050 antimicrobial resistance will kill more people than cancer and cost more money than the current size of the world's economy.

Realising that a new approach is required to tackle this issue, Tim decribes how he pulled together a steering committee of wonderful advisers and together secured significant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to help fund NAMRIP.



The interview covers many of the areas NAMRIP is working in including alternatives to antibiotics, using honey to combat chronic infections, a paper-based urine test to help determine infection and using 3D printing to print a cows shoe to prevent infection.

Photo of Tim Leighton in his Laboratory

Asked about new approaches, Tim describes his Starstream invention which makes cold water as effective at cleaning as hot soapy water by adding ultrasound. Trials are currently being setup in acute hospital wards.

The interview concludes with Tim's vision for translating NAMRIP's research into real world solutions "It’s important that at NAMRIP, nobody just stops at the point where a paper is published. We can save millions of people. We have to do it."


Image of New Scientist article featuring Tim Leighton
Image of New Scientist article featuring Tim Leighton and NAMRIP



The full article can be viewed online via the New Scientist website. A login to the New Scientist is required however this is free to setup. The online article contains links to the NAMRIP website.

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