Subject: Update on AMR Network Project

AMR eNews - November 8th, 2019
antimicrobial resistance
research & policy

Dear colleagues,

Some of you are aware that last Spring, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) tasked Andrew Morris and I to take the pulse of the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) community in Canada and propose models of what a Canadian AMR network would look like. The idea came about through discussions with the various advisory panels developing the Canadian Action Plan for AMR. It was clear from this consultation that there is a need for a unifying network to bridge the diverse stakeholders in this area.

We are pleased to share that the PHAC-funded AMR Network project is officially under way. It is exciting timing as we anticipate a heavy media focus on AMR over the coming weeks with the pending release of the Council of Canadian Academies socio-economic report set for release on November 12th, the 2019 Gairdner Symposium on Fuelling the Fight Against AMR on November 14th and 15th, and World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019 on November 18th to the 24th.

Here is a brief project status update and a request.

  • Project Status Maureen Perrin is the project manager working with Andrew and I. We are building on the February meeting to set up a strong project foundation. The current focus is baseline project structure including identifying One Health stakeholders, doing an environmental scan to draw from the vast information already available, and getting expert advice on the governance structure. These are key inputs into the proposed network model(s) that will be designed through a series of consensus and relationships building activities over the coming year.
  • Connecting to One Health Stakeholders While we have some stakeholders lists, the AMR One Health community is vast and we are aiming to be inclusive. If you are aware of any potential stakeholders who would like to be informed or involved, please connect with Maureen ( or send her any contact lists. People will be invited to participate and can opt out if not interested. Everyone in CAIN is automatically on our list.

You are welcome to contact me, Andrew or Maureen with any questions; otherwise we will be in touch with more information on next steps.

All the best,

Gerry Wright
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The Canadian Anti-infective Innovation Network (CAIN) is a consortium of over 80 leaders, researchers, clinicians, and policymakers from Canadian universities, companies, governments, and not-for-profit organizations committed to addressing the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). CAIN members span human and animal health sectors, reflecting the fact that AMR is a One Health issue.

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