Prof. Morris and the ARME Group at NUI Galway have been applying a One Health approach to tackling the challenge of AMR for several years. Key to this is establishing successful partnerships with colleagues around the world. Through the EPA/HSE-funded AREST project and the EPA-funded PIER project, Prof. Morris is working with national and international colleagues towards a better understanding of the role of the environment in the persistence and transmission of AMR. Prof. Morris is leading NUI Galway’s participation in the One Health European Joint Programme (OHEJP), a landmark partnership between 38 institutes from 19 member states in Europe, and the Med-Vet-Net Association. The aim of the OHEJP is to enhance transdisciplinary cooperation, integration of activities and training in the fields of foodborne zoonoses, emerging threats and antimicrobial resistance. The Med-Vet-Net Association comprises 21 partners from 14 European countries and aims to promote a One Health approach to combat zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance and support a healthy and sustainable food supply chain across Europe and beyond.
We all need to get involved
Tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance requires everyone to get involved. Conscious of this, the ARME group are committed to translation of research into policy and effective communication with all stakeholders, including the public. As Director of the Ryan Institute Centre for One Health, Prof. Morris has established a successful outreach programme to highlight One Health issues, including antimicrobial resistance, and provide a forum to bring together national and international researchers, policy makers and the public. The ARME group are passionate about preparing future generations for a career in STEM and understand the importance of opening up a dialogue with the next generation, who will inevitably inherit a world with a severely depleted antimicrobial armamentarium. The WHO also recognises this need and has recommended introducing antimicrobial resistance as part of the current educational curriculum5. To this end the ARME group developed a workshop aimed at primary and second level students. In 2020, Dr. Georgios Miliotis joined the ARME group and immediately set about converting the schools workshop to a dedicated website (The Secret Life of Microbes). This learning portal aims to inform and inspire primary and secondary level students about the hidden world of microbiology as well as raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance. A key focus for Dr. Miliotis was ensuring key content was inclusive and accessible to all and, despite being of Greek origin, he successfully ensured key content was available both in English and Irish, in keeping with NUI Galway’s commitment to promotion of the Irish language, and serving the Gaeltacht and Irish language communities. Since its launch, the website has attracted over 620 visitors from 17 countries.