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Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats

The Antimicrobial Resistance Pandemic Task Force

The Antimicrobial Resistance Pandemic Task Force

Described as “the next pandemic,” the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), or drug-resistant infections, is becoming increasingly urgent. How can we ensure a pipeline of new drugs to combat infectious disease in the short term while preparing for long-term solutions? Task force research includes antibiotic resistance, antibiotic discovery, antibiotic alternatives, point-of-care diagnostics, other anti-infectives and barriers to AMR mitigation.

Learn more about the members of the Antimicrobial Resistance Pandemic Task Force

Current Research and Initiatives

Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Summer Scholars Program Learn More

The new summer scholars program aims to support Black, Indigenous and 2SLGBTQIA+ students from STEM disciplines by creating opportunities for students to explore academic pathways and future careers in biomedical sciences through cutting-edge skills training, mentorship and career development.

Finding new antibiotics Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus researcher, Marie Elliot and her team are focused on discovering new bioactive compounds to treat bacterial infections.

Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database (CARD) Learn More

A rigorously curated collection of resistance genes, their products, and their associated phenotypes, CARD is aimed at supporting antimicrobial resistance surveillance through the detection, curation, and analysis of resistance elements.

Getting the 'drug to the bug' Learn More

McMaster researchers Zeinab Housseini-Doust and Michael Surette are developing a smart drug delivery system to treat infections more effectively.

Combatting foodborne illness Learn More

Canada’s Global Nexus researchers Brian Coombes and Eric Brown are targeting superbugs like Salmonella that hide inside cells.

Fighting Tuberculosis Learn More

Microbiologist Lori Burrows and her team are developing a more effective vaccine for tuberculosis.

Rapidly detecting sepsis Learn More

Renowned researcher Hendrick Poinar is creating a bioinformatics tool that can quickly and efficiently identify sepsis.