NFR funding for international research partnership on antibiotic resistance

Fernanda Petersen's research group has been granted NOK 10 million for a five year period through the INTPART programme, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

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Fernanda Petersen and her research group. Photo: Fredrik Haugen Pedersen, OD/UiO

The project «Norway-India-Brazil-Canada-USA: Partnership for excellence in education, research and innovation in biofilm and antibiotic resistance» is a global international consortium with research institutions, universities and companies in the respective countries.

Antibiotic resistance is the common ground when leading research institutions in Norway, India, Brazil, Canada and the USA are united in a joint collaboration regarding both research and higher education. Dentists account for 10% of the prescribed antibiotics, which requires constant awareness addressing correct use. This awareness must be integrated into the formal training of dentists regardless of country and institutions.

– We are delighted with this opportunity to develop the collaboration on antibiotic resistance internationally. It is one of the greatest threats to humanity, and requires us to collaborate globally to shed light on the fight against resistance, says Fernanda Petersen, professor at the Department of Oral Biology.

World-class research on antibiotic resistance

The project's main purpose is to create long-term and excellent research education to focus on the global commitment to reduce the use of antibiotics. This is a golden opportunity to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance in the respective countries through international networking and strengthened expertise.

Roger Junges, Associate Professor at IOB, is also participating in the project as a partner:

– This project is based on an already well-established collaboration between several of the partners on the project. I look forward to seeing how this collaboration now develops further with partners from Canada and India!

International partners

The consortium is led by the University of Oslo and a total of nine institutions are involved as partners:

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • University of Campinas, Brazil
  • The Forsythe Institute, USA
  • J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
  • TCS Research Tata Consultancy Services Limited, India
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated SSK and KSC Hospitals, India
  • Fynd Reality AS (previously EonReality), Norway
  • McGill University, Canada

INTPART program - The Research Council of Norway

The INTPART call for proposal aims to develop world-class research groups in Norway through long-term international institutional cooperation. The program also focuses on three secondary goals:

  • Long-term international partnerships that enhance the quality of higher education and research in Norway;
  • Strong links between higher education and research within the frameworks of the partnerships;
  • Cooperation with the business and public sectors to enhance quality and relevance within the frameworks of the partnerships, where relevant.
Published May 5, 2021 12:32 PM - Last modified May 6, 2021 4:19 PM