University of Bristol - Rapid AMR detection team
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We are a team from the University of Bristol with expertise in physics, microbiology, optical engineering and social medicine. We are developing optical methods to rapidly detect antimicrobial resistance.
We have developed a unique imaging technique that can detect the nano-scale fluctuations that live bacteria exhibit. This enables determination of the live/dead state of individual bacteria in seconds and also enables real-time monitoring of the state of bacteria. We are developing an antimicrobial susceptibility test based on our technology, where antibiotic treated bacteria are imaged using our system to determine whether they have been affected or not, enabling susceptibility testing to be carried out in 10s of minutes. This means the right antibiotic can be prescribed sooner, so patients recover better and the spread of resistance is reduced by prescribing fewer and more targeted antibiotics.