Innovating Alternatives: new podcast series with focus on antimicrobial resistance

November 02, 2020
The Innovating Alternatives logo, which resembles a bacterium on a microphone stand with the flagella as a cord and the words “Innovating Alternatives: Researchers tackling antimicrobial resistance”.
Justin Kemp/IDRC

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem that threatens our ability to effectively treat bacterial infections in humans and animals. The widespread use of antimicrobials in animals reared for food production can exacerbate the emergence of treatment-resistant microorganisms in food systems, which threatens global health and food security.

Innovating Alternatives is a four-part podcast series that follows researchers supported by the Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (InnoVet-AMR) initiative as they work to develop new animal vaccines and other innovations to tackle AMR in livestock and aquaculture production, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Research highlights

Trailer: Innovating Alternatives

We owe a lot to antimicrobials, particularly antibiotics. They underpin large swathes of modern medicine and are widely used in intensive food-animal production. However, the large-scale use of antimicrobials has consequences…

Episode 1: A (not so) quick primer on AMR

Featuring: Prof. Dame Sally Davies

A slow-moving tsunami; bacteria that can swap genes; and cooking lobsters. This episode unpacks the biological mechanisms leading to antimicrobial resistant microorganisms, what their emergence means to our way of life, and where we stand in terms of mobilizing global efforts to address the challenge of AMR.

InnoVet-AMR is a CA$27.9 million partnership between IDRC and the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Global AMR Innovation Fund.