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GW4 Crucible 2020

MRC CMM Researchers win places on GW4 Crucible 2020

Three MRC CMM researchers have won a place on the competitive GW4 Crucible 2020 programme for future research leaders

MRC CMM researchers Alessandra da Silva Dantas, Dhara Malavia, and Mark Stappers have each won a place on the GW4 Crucible 2020 following a competitive process. 

GW4 Alliance brings together four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, and GW4 Crucible brings together 30 competitively selected future research leaders work with researchers in other disciplines, and explore how their research can have greater impact. Over a series of three residential workshops, known as ‘labs’, the researchers will explore working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way, and will have the chance to connect with expert guest speakers.

The GW4 Crucible 2020 cohort will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). We are facing a rise in the number of bacteria becoming resistant to existing antibiotics without an increase in new antibiotics or new treatments. The GW4 Crucible offers the opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses to address the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Tackling this global challenge requires interdisciplinary endeavours which harness the expertise of anthropologists through to zoologists.

Whilst AMR undoubtedly entails biological processes, the context which governs the action of these biological mechanisms is influenced by social, cultural, political, and economic processes. Biomedical and clinical expertise alone cannot tackle AMR and multidimensional approaches are needed to address the challenge. Crucible 2020 will foster conversations and collaborations between future research leaders across a broad range of disciplines. 

Congratulations to Alessandra, Dhara and Mark! 

Date: 4 February 2020

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