SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar in team awarded £300k Bloomsbury SET award for project on antimicrobial resistance

11 June 2019

SOAS Centre of International Studies and Diplomacy’s Dr J Simon Rofe, is one of the researchers working on a two year project addressing the role of wildlife in antimicrobial resistance and ecosystem contamination.

Dr Rofe plays an overarching role in the team awarded a £300k Bloomsbury SET Science, Economics and Technology Award alongside colleagues from the Royal Veterinary College, and those in Sri Lanka. Dr Rofe's expertise will provide an important dimension addressing the diplomacy that underpins operating in this post-conflict environment.

The overall aim of this project is to enable public health practitioners and policymakers in Sri Lanka to better meet the challenges of its growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problem. The project will use a citizen science approach to engage and educate general public regarding AMR as an effective way of raising the awareness and importance of AMR as a threat to human and animal health and welfare.

Dr Rofe said: 'I am delighted to be part of such a fascinating project with great colleagues from the RVC and a key SOAS region in Sri Lanka: I look forward to making a contribution on behalf of SOAS'.

The project is part of the Royal Veterinary College led Bloomsbury SET: ‘Connecting Capability to Combat the Threat from Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Resistance’, which focuses on the development of low-cost, portable diagnostic tools to counter infectious diseases and increasing resistance to antimicrobials.