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Antibiotic resistance

    Antibiotic resistance is a new topic on the Portal, and we are currently working on adding more information.

Below is an overview of various sections of The Swedish COVID-19 & Pandemic Preparedness Portal where information about research data and resources relevant to Antibiotic resistance can be found. For a short background on this topic below, see the description below.

Ongoing research projects (8)

Project title Funder Topics
Antibiotic resistance: The role of chemical pollution in urban wastewater

Host institute: Lund University
Principal investigator: Charlotte Turner

VR Antibiotic resistance
Pivmecillinam in the treatment of urinary tract infections caused by ESBL-producing bacteria - a randomized study

Host institute: Uppsala University
Principal investigator: Thomas Tängdén

VR Antibiotic resistance
PLATINEA 2.0 Availability and individualized use of antibioticsy

Host institute: Uppsala University
Principal investigator: Thomas Tängdén

Vinnova Antibiotic resistance

Open funding opportunities (5)

Call title Deadline Funder Topics
The purpose of the grant is to give clinically active persons the opportunity to carry out research on a part-time basis in parallel with developing their clinical competence. The aim is to …
March 28, 2023 Swedish Research Council General
The purpose of the project grant is to give researchers the freedom to formulate their own research idea, method and implementation, and to solve a specific research task within a limited …
March 28, 2023 Swedish Research Council Infectious diseasesGeneral
Researchers are invited to submit any proposal that can be advanced by access to at least one of ISIDORe's services, falls under topics defined in the Scope (see funding link for details), …
January 1, 2025 ISIDORe Infectious diseasesGeneral


COVID-19 has been the focus of people across the world during the last two years of the current pandemic. Antibiotic resistance, by contrast, has been termed a ‘silent pandemic’ because whilst, like COVID-19, it is widespread and poses a real and present danger to public health, it is receiving relatively little attention.

When antibiotics were first introduced, they revolutionised healthcare. However, over the years, a number of bacteria have developed resistance to antimicrobial agents (see, for example, information about drug resistance from the Center for Disease Contol (CDC) in the USA). Antibiotic resistance occurs when microorganisms develop the ability to withstand antibiotics that previously killed them. When this ‘resistance’ to antibiotics is developed, the use of the antibiotic becomes ineffective in combating the microorganisms, allowing them to spread and negatively impact the affected person or animal. This means that diseases that were easily treatable in the past are now a serious threat to public health. Antibiotic resistance is not only a significant threat to human and animal health, it also poses a serious risk in areas such as food security, sustainable development, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, and research.

In Sweden, a national liason was established by the government in 2012 to work on the topic of antibiotic resistance (Strama). The ongoing collaboration (2021-2024) is a continuation of a previous effort, and is focused on One Health, and cross-sectorial. You can read more about this ongoing effort in publications such as the Guidelines for Antibiotic resistance 2021-2024 from the Swedish Public Health Agency. The Swedres-Svarm, a report co-produced by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (FoHM) and the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), evaluates statistics related to the sale of, and development of resistance to, antibiotics for both humans and animals. The latest report (from 2020) can be found here.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem worldwide. Multiple factors are important in fighting antibiotic resistance in both humans and animals. For example, it is critical that the use of antibiotics and the development of resistance to them is monitored to determine how they are used and how resistance can be prevented. This, together with further research into how resistance develops, is essential in the production of effective policies to minimise antibiotic resistance in future. Lastly, it will be vital to produce novel antibiotics, so that it is possible to treat currently antibiotic-resistant infections. However, the process involved in drug development, from when an active compound of interest is initially identified to when a marketable drug becomes available, is both lengthy and expensive. Therefore, it is important that work is started early and by multiple entitities to ensure efficient drugs and diagnostic tools become available as quickly as possible. It will also be important that effective policies are put in place to reduce the risk of resistance developing to novel antibiotics in future, or novel antibiotics risk becoming ineffective too.