Get the newest knowledge on antimicrobial resistance

Food and health professionals can now access an updated version of a popular Coursera course that provides the newest knowledge on antimicrobial resistance. The course is designed by a team of experts from DTU National Food Institute, who are actively involved in global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) monitoring.

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DTU National Food Institute plays a central role in global antimicrobial resistance surveillance. The purpose of the Coursera course is to share knowledge and contribute to combating the pandemic of antibiotic resistance, particularly in developing countries. Some bacteria currently transition from being multiresistant to panresistant, meaning they resist treatment with all available antibiotics.

Learning from global capacities in antimicrobial resistance

The initial modules cover bacterial resistance, its spread, and antibiotic use. Subsequent modules delve deeper into resistance testing methods and identifying critical forms of resistance.

As a new addition to the updated course, starting from July 2024, participants can take a module on antimicrobial resistance monitoring. This module will explore the importance of surveillance, existing global monitoring structures, and the necessary steps to establish effective antimicrobial resistance surveillance. Experts from organizations such as WHO, FAO, US FDA, and Denmark’s antimicrobial resistance monitoring programme (DANMAP) are teaching.

There are no entry restrictions for the course, which consists of a series of video lessons

  • 64,000 have so far enrolled in the course
  • 40,000 have viewed some of the course modules
  • 14,000 have received a certificate from the course
  • Many participants come from low- and middle-income countries with limited access to this type of knowledge and training
  • Most participants are students or professionals
  • The course is rated 4.7 out of 5 by participants

For more information and to enroll in the course: Antimicrobial Resistance – Theory & Methods – Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance – Theory, Methods for Diagnostics and Global Surveillance

The course draws insights from antimicrobial surveillance efforts in Asia

The new edition of the Coursera course is partly based on the EQAsia project, led by the DTU National Food Institute, which has established structures for monitoring antimicrobial resistance in Asia through education and quality validation of 50 laboratories that analyze samples from local populations. Researchers are now working in the recently launched phase II of the project to expand laboratory capacity to 80, and there is also a strong focus on disseminating the knowledge that can be extracted from the data now being generated by the monitoring. The course aims to ensure that everyone has access to the most essential knowledge and the latest methods to detect antimicrobial resistance.

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The Coursera course is funded by the Fleming Fund, via the EQAsia project and the EU Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial resistance (EURL-AR)

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