12 March 2019

CeBIL Director, Timo Minssen, selected as European Lead of Stakeholder Consortium of Social Science Research Centres at Global AMR R&D Hub, BMBF, Berlin

The Board of the Global AMR R&D Hub has selected the “International Network for AMR Social Science (INAMRSS)” to be part of the Global AMR R&D Hub’s Stakeholder Group.

The hub is an initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Initially, the secretariat of the Global AMR R&D Hub will be based in Berlin, at the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF). The BMBF will provide up to 500 million euros over the next ten years towards research to combat antimicrobial resistance.

The International Network for AMR Social Science (INAMRSS) will be led by the Canadian Prof. Steven J. Hoffman, whereas CeBIL Director Prof. Timo Minssen will lead the European group and US Prof. Kevin Outterson the North American group. The key goal of the network is to use this platform to advocate for social science research with the AMR R&D Hub by demonstrating the value that the network's perspective brings to the table.

INAMRSS’s founding Center Directors include:

• Dr Pedro Henrique D. Batista, Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, Germany

• Prof Francesco Ciabuschi, Uppsala Antibiotic Center, Uppsala University, Sweden

• Prof Clare Chandler, AMR Center, LSHTM, UK

• Prof Herman Goossens, VALUE-DX, ECRAID, University of Antwerp, Belgium

• Prof Stephan Harbarth, Groupe SARM, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland

• Prof Steven J. Hoffman, Global Strategy Lab, York University, Canada

• Dr Aaron Kesselheim, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics & the Law, Harvard University, USA

• Prof Ramanan Laxminarayan, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, India & Princeton, USA

• Prof Kathy Liddell, Centre for Law, Medicine & Life Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

• Prof Timo Minssen, Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

• Prof Michael T. Osterholm, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minnesota, USA

• Prof Kevin Outterson, Social Innovation in Drug Resistance; Director, CARB-X; Boston University, USA

• Prof Lance Price, Antibiotic Action Center, George Washington University, USA

INAMRSS’s participation in the Hub will ensure that social science researchers have a centralized contact to understand the Hub’s work. The goal is to be more efficient and inclusive rather than having multiple centers competing for a few slots. We have existing partnerships among our research centers and hope to expand such collaboration with new colleagues. We recognize our membership will need to expand, especially to areas of the world not currently represented, and are eager to do so in an open and transparent manner.

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