Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents a new focus of research for the PENTA-ID network.
At the end of January 2018, Prof Mike Sharland and two members of the PENTA team (Laura Mangiarini and Davide Bilardi) visited Thai and Vietnamese hospitals potentially interested in participating in a AMR research project sponsored by GARDP.
The trip to Asia started in Bangkok, with a visit to the two main paediatric institution in the city. The team visited the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok, a large neonatal and paediatric hospital, and the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital where HIV-Nat, already part of the PENTA-ID network, is based. The visit offered the opportunity for a fruitful conference where Prof Sharland made a presentation on the AMR emergency, which was received with great interest from the audience.
In the following day, the group went to Chang Rai at the Neonatal Department of Chang Rai District Hospital, where the team met the CTU staff and visited the hospital facilities. Then they moved to Chang Mai, hosted by PHPT, the Trial Unit historically partner of the PENTA-ID network.
The Asian trip concluded in Vietnam. The director of the Paediatric department of the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi and his team hosted the PENTA and GARDP delegation and showed with great interest around several potential areas of research around AMR.
A positive trip indeed which set the basis for a fruitful collaboration on AMR but also for expanding the PENTA-ID network in Asia.
The team wishes to thank all the representatives and staff of the visited centers and CTUs for their great hospitality and fruitful discussions and looks forward to collaborating.