Antibiotic Resistance Funding Bump

The newly approved US budget includes a doubling of funding for combating antibiotic resistance.

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Alright, everyone. Get your word processors fired up and biosketches up to date because we're anticipating open season on antibiotic resistance funding this year.

Last month, to the relief of many, US Congress passed a 2016 budget bill which included a 6.6% increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health, the largest increase since 2003. One of the major beneficiaries of the bump are scientists working on antibiotic resistance, with the White House previously announcing its intention to put 1.2 billion dollars into this field, nearly doubling current funding levels.

And just yesterday, NIH-NIAID announced the awarding of 5 million dollars in funding for 24 grants investigating alternative, non-antibiotic based therapies to combat the growing problem of super resistant infections.

Here's hoping the funding push gains momentum because we certainly need more creative solutions if we're going to prevent ourselves from tumbling back into the pre-antibiotic era.

Michael Chao

Project Manager, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

I first developed an interest in bacterial pathogenesis while at Cornell University. I then earned my PhD in Biomedical and Biological Sciences from Harvard University in Eric Rubin’s laboratory, studying cell wall remodelling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. From 2012-2015, I continued my training as a postdoctoral fellow in Matthew Waldor’s lab at Harvard Medical School, investigating the role of DNA methylation on regulating fundamental cellular processes in Vibrio cholerae.