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EIT Health funds Uppsala University MOOC on Antibiotic Resistance

2017-11-02

EIT Health has announced financial support to Antibiotic Resistance: the Silent tsunami, a MOOC presented by Uppsala University that will address antibiotic resistance from a global and multidisciplinary perspective.

Thomas Tängdén, medical director, ReAct

Antibiotic resistance is putting many modern medical advances at risk and mortality in bacterial infections is expected to rise. Increased awareness about the complexity of antibiotic resistance is needed to accomplish the behavior changes and lifestyle interventions that can promote sustainable use of antibiotics, which is one of the EIT Health challenges.
– We are very pleased that EIT Health have announced their financial support to Antibiotic Resistance: the Silent tsunami, a MOOC previously given by Uppsala University addressing antibiotic resistance from a global and multidisciplinary perspective, says Catharina Svensson, EIT Health Campus Coordinator at Uppsala University.

The team behind the MOOC is affiliated to ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, a global, multidisciplinary network working on antibiotic resistance. ReAct is hosted by Uppsala University, where medical director Thomas Tängdén developed the original MOOC, running in October 2016 and April 2017. With funding from EIT Health, Tängdén will now re-brand the MOOC, broadening its fields of application.
– The re-branded MOOC will suit anyone interested in gaining a broader understanding of antibiotic resistance. Our target group includes health professionals, students, members of the public as well as experts who are interested in testing their acquired knowledge, and more specifically for PhD students accepted to the doctoral programme at Uppsala Antibiotic Center, says Thomas Tängdén.

Stretching over four weeks, the MOOC consists of four modules including study questions, quizzes and assignments that will enable evaluation of participants’ knowledge and understanding of the course content. Taking off with the history of antibiotic discovery, burden data on antibiotic resistance and real-life patient stories, the participants will gather knowledge in basic microbiology, the emergence of antibiotic use and resistance, innovation of antibiotics and much more. The course ends with a description of ongoing, international initiatives and hands-on tips on what actions can be taken to prolong the usefulness of antibiotic medicines by individuals and societies.
– Our overall objective is to increase the participants’ general knowledge of antibiotic resistance and to illuminate the multi-disciplinary nature of the issue. We aim to shed light on the fact that antibiotic resistance is not only a health-care problem, but a global issue that is integrated into a range of sectors, says Thomas Tängdén.

Contact: Thomas Tängdén

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