20 November 2023

Innovating novel treatment options

Harnessing the Diversity of Mother Nature! Since the end of the Golden Era of Drug Discovery at the end of the 1980's, no new antibiotic compound classes have entered the pharmaceutical pipeline, despite many attempts. This is a period in the history of antibiotics known as the Discovery Void. A lack of new agents with […]

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19 November 2023

Why should you care about AMR?

Antibiotics are probably one of the most successful forms of chemotherapy in the history of medicine. Aminov. 2010. Frontiers in Microbiology, 1:13 The history of antibiotics is a fascinating journey that spans centuries of scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs. There have been many recent advancements in antibiotic discovery, however, it is important to recognize that […]

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18 November 2023

WAAW 2023

Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together WHO theme for WAAW 2023 Today, 18 November, marks the first day of this year's World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which will run until 24 November. The theme of this year's WAAW is "Preventing AMR Together" - a concept that is vital to the success of the World's fight against the rising […]

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18 April 2023

Actinomycetes diversity - 'To see a world in a grain of sand'

Live stream of a lecture by Prof Marilize Le Roes-Hill (ADD Hub collaborator at CPUT). 25 April 2023 - 3pm SAST See our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/antimicrobialdrugdiscovery) for a live stream viewing of this lecture. ABSTRACT: For more than 100 years, members of the bacterial phylum, Actinomycetota, specifically the Class Actinomycetes, have attracted interest from various […]

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1 December 2022

Newton Fund Comms Campaign highlights SAMRC-UKMRC funded health research projects

The Newton Fund developed a brief introductory video about the SA/UK ADD Hub. Watch here to hear from the Hub's PIs, Prof Rosemary Dorrington and Prof Mathew Upton, about the vision and purpose of the SA/UK ADD Hub, and our approach to tackling the global issue of Antimicrobial Resistance.

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10 October 2022

Conference Report - Annual Meeting of The American Society of Pharmocognosy

Dr Alexandros Polyzois of Rhodes University shares his experience attending the ASP Annual Meeting, entitled "Natural Product Solutions to Global Challenges" (23-28 July 2022). This, the first in-person meeting after two years of absence due to COVID-19, was a great event for the scientific community, which brought together scientists from the field of Natural Product […]

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23 September 2022

Conference Report - Natural Products (Meta) Genome Mining (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Dr Grant January of the University of Plymouth shares his experience attending the genome mining conference organized by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Working in the field of Natural Product (NP) Discovery is immensely supported by computational biology approaches to identify, mine, and analyse microbial biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). These BGCs encode for secondary metabolites, many […]

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16 September 2022

Life Through The Lens

At the beginning of this year, Dr Grant Garren January (University of Plymouth) who is a postdoctoral Fellow of the SA/UK ADD Hub Consortium, was awarded first prize in the category of Best Photographic Image – Research Staff for his submission to the University of Plymouth Images of Research Festival. This award-winning image depicts an […]

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2 May 2022

SA/UK ADD Hub Publications update

We are proud to share the recent contribution of four peer-reviewed publications our researchers have made. Prof Dorrington appeared as last author on a Literature Review, published in Chemical Society Review, which addresses the challenges of finding antivirals for agents that may lead to the next pandemic. She also co-authored an article in Marine Drugs, […]

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8 April 2022

Rhodes University Graduation 2022

We congratulate Gaberialla Solomons, a student of the Dorrington Lab, who graduated at this year’s Graduation Ceremony. She was also recognized for her dedication and hard work, receiving the Departmental award for Top Microbiology student. During the week’s celebrations, a world-class epidemiologist, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, received an honorary doctoral degree from Rhodes University in recognition […]

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