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As World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to highlight the growing issue of antibiotic resistance, researchers at the University of Oxford have received funding to look at ways to improve the prescribing of antibiotics.

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This is part of a larger investment of over £15.8 million into research to tackle into drug resistant infections, by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS.

Sixteen studies have been funded as part of a call for more research into drug resistant infections, also known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Drug resistant infections present a major threat to the future of healthcare and by 2050 could result in 10 million avoidable deaths every year, from antibiotic resistant infections such as MRSA, sepsis and multi-drug-resistant mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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