We grant funding for research and information efforts to prevent antibiotic resistance. Since the first call in 2018, we have granted funding for seven projects described below. The next grant call will open on January 12th 2021, and the topic will be prevention of antibiotic resistance related to infections in elderly persons. The focus was selected considering how age increases the susceptibility to infections, causing much need for antibiotic treatment among elderly, while research in this area is still relatively neglected.
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Previously funded projects
Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
Christian’s research addresses a novel approach to clear the gut of resistant bacteria. The treatment uses bacteriophages, viruses that can target bacteria selectively. This approach could potentially prevent severe resistant infections such as bloodstream infections.
Film director, in collaboration with ReAct
Staffan has previously documented the global response to HIV and AIDS on film for more than 30 years, in close collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and is now making a documentary about antibiotic resistance. The film will be edited in two versions, one targeting proffessionals such as political leaders, public health officials and journalists, and another targeting high school students. The aim is to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance on all levels.
Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
Susanna is exploring how to treat antibiotic resistant M. tuberculosis bacteria using agents that modulate host immune responses. Multidrug resistant tuberculosis is a serious threat to the global efforts to control the spread of the disease. Project success could improve current treatment strategies and reduce transmission of resistant tuberculosis in the society.
Professor, University of Gothenburg
Sara is developing strategies to counteract infections by activating mucosal defence mechanisms, a part of the immune system. The focus is on H. pylori, a common type of bacteria that requires severe antibiotic treatment to eradicate and is prone to developing antibiotic resistance. Success could lead to new methods to clear certain pathogens without relying on antibiotics.
Senior lecturer/senior physician, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
Peter researches how the immune system can be used as a way to prevent or treat bacterial infections. His research focuses on how multi-resistant bacteria commonly causing respiratory tract infections can be made susceptible to antibiotics again by mobilizing the immune system. If successful, this would mean that the need to use last resort antibiotics would be greatly reduced.
Senior lecturer, Uppsala University
Sanna is investigating if modified probiotics could be used to eradicate resistant bacteria in the normal gut flora of a patient. Her research could lead to new treatments and better methods for preventing the spread of resistant bacteria.
Senior lecturer, Karolinska Institutet
Åsa studies how the bacteria that is the main cause of tourist diarrhea
colonize the gut and cause disease, and if shifting the gut microbiota could prevent diarrhea. If successful, this could lead to better preventive treatment of diarrhea and thereby decrease the need for antibiotic treatments.