Fighting untreatable microbial infections and conditions
Europe and other developed regions have ageing societies that are increasingly susceptible to bacterial, fungal and viral infectious diseases. At the same time, antibiotic resistance, accelerated by insufficient antibiotic stewardship and drug abuse in veterinary practice, is developing fast and catching up with formerly effective measures to prevent or fight infections.
Completely untreatable microbial infections and conditions like those in the 'pre-antibiotics era' are rapidly emerging, which will have a major impact on healthy ageing in the very near future.
- In developed countries, untreatable infections form an increasing threat for very young, frail elderly, immune-compromised and critically ill individuals.
- In less privileged parts of the world the burden of infectious diseases is much higher and here untreatable infections, including multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) and viral epidemics, are serious threats, also for healthy individuals.
We bring together expertise in drug research that are key for preventing infections, fighting infections and harnessing the potentially beneficial effects of microbes.