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New co-operation brings hope for anti microbial research

A letter of intent to strengthen antimicrobial research was signed by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology ;The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America under the aegis of Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme(VAP).

This co-operation recognises the heavy burden of illness imposed globally by emergence of antimicrobial drug-resistance (AMR) and its impact on global health security.

The VAP agreement between the United States of America and the Republic of India was renewed in 2012 to address multiple aspects of infectious diseases research ranging from fundamental microbiology and immunology to emerging challenges and the management of diseases that have become resistant to therapy.

The Letter of Intent was signed on June 25, 2015 by Mr BP Sharma, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Professor K Vijay Raghavan Secretary Department of Biotechnology from India and Mr Richard Verma, Ambassador of USA to India.

The focal areas of research under this co-operation are mechanism of anti microbial resistance including application of systems biology, comparative testing and assisting the validation of new diagnostics and development of novel interventions. The focus areas also include exploring possible patterns of Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR) in neonatal intensive care units as observed in India and the US, exploring possible collaboration in clinical studies to determine new drugs, combination drugs and also uses of old drugs.

The Letter of Intent recognises the heavy burden of illness imposed globally by emergence of antimicrobial drug-resistance (AMR) and its impact on global health security.

The VAP Joint Working Group has decided to include a focus on AMR and will establish a multi-party scientific steering group to advance this programme area expeditiously.

Letter of Intent