Key topics

How resistance develops and spreads

Antibiotic resistance can spread throughout the entire biological system comprising humans, animals and the environment. There are multiple chains of transmission involving different bacterial species. New scientific findings can inform targeted interventions that break through these complex processes.

New drugs and faster diagnostic techniques

Researchers are looking for and developing active substances with as yet unknown mechanisms to overcome existing antibiotic resistance. In the field of diagnostics, they are focusing on methods that can detect resistant pathogens more quickly than before and identify the type of resistance. This is crucial for targeted treatment of bacterial infections.

Optimised use of antibiotics

Specific tools and training are intended to help professionals use antibiotics prudently. Moreover, targeted measures can prevent the transmission of bacterial pathogens at certain points altogether. With these aims in mind, researchers are testing new interventions primarily in human and veterinary medicine and agriculture.

Cross border research

In order to coordinate international research into resistance and collaborate on the corresponding projects, 29 countries are taking part in the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR). NRP 72 financed Swiss research teams participating in JPIAMR projects.