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About the AMR Register: Overview

Antimicrobial resistance is a present and growing global health threat. Currently, at least 700,000 people die each year from drug-resistant infections, which the United Nations warns could rise to 10 million deaths per year by 2050.

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To tackle the crisis of AMR, we need to fully understand it. The pharmaceutical industry routinely collects surveillance data to monitor susceptibility of clinical isolates to marketed products, or to fulfil regulatory approval requirements for new products. The open sharing of these data through a single platform will enable researchers to: 

  • Identify global, regional and local changes in resistance rates of pathogens
    • Outbreaks of resistant pathogens
    • Recognize the emergence of new resistance mechanisms
  • Detect trends in multi-drug resistance by analyzing data over time
  • Provide reliable, global, regional in vitro susceptibility data
  • Help inform national and international policy, and antibiotic stewardship
  • Allow modelling of future resistance trends

Our hope is that the research projects enabled by this platform will further advance understanding, inform decision-making and drive policy changes in the medical community, global organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, and wider society.

This AMR Register has been developed by Vivli, with a grant awarded by Wellcome, in support of these aims.

Wellcome

Background

In 2017, Wellcome funded a pilot project run by the Open Data Institute which enabled the launch of an AMR Register which provides information from AMR surveillance programmes generated by the pharmaceutical industry.

Key outcomes of the pilot identified that:

  • there is a need for high-quality, openly accessible AMR surveillance data
  • that the data need to be collected in a standard format to allow comparison of datasets
  • an independent AMR Register is needed to manage and govern the process of making surveillance data available to researchers for re-use

Vivli

About Vivli

Vivli is a non-profit organization working to advance human health through the insights and discoveries gained by sharing and analyzing data. It is home to an independent global data-sharing and analytics platform which serves all elements of the international research community. The platform includes a data repository, in-depth search engine and cloud-based analytics, and harmonizes governance, policy and processes to make sharing data easier. Vivli acts as a neutral broker between data contributor and data user and the wider data sharing community. For more information, visit amr.vivli.org and follow us on Twitter @VivliCenter.