Submitted by Associate Professor Erica Donner

Research Leader

OUTBREAK (One-health Understanding Through Bacterial REsistance to Antibiotics Knowledge) will be an AI-powered ‘knowledge engine’ of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australia with the potential to scale globally.

The outputs of the engine – a spatial and temporal mapping system – will help predict and prevent AMR outbreaks before they occur; identify with high precision the origin of outbreaks that do occur; and simulate (and cost) the outcomes of potential AMR interventions and other decisions that might impact AMR evolution, propagation, and population exposure.

The development of OUTBREAK relies on the skills and knowledge of our cohesive interdisciplinary team, led by University of Technology Sydney researchers, as well as on diverse data sets and scientific knowledge of bacterial evolution and the dissemination of AMR through human and animal populations and the environment.

OUTBREAK’s team members, outside of UTS, are from: CSIRO, University of South Australia, University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle, The Sax Institute, Quadram Institute of BioSciences (UK), Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Industry partners include Microba, Sensing Value, MicroGEM and Oracle.

Click here to read more about AMR and why we urgently need to be able to track, trace and tackle this growing problem.

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