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Councils urged to create joint fund for sexual health research

The Society for General Microbiology is calling on UK funders to get together to support research to cut rates of sexually transmitted infections.

In a report published on 12 December, the society recommends that a catalyst fund for STI research should be established by the Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Technology Strategy Board, the National Institute for Health Research and the Department for International Development. “Devolved administration governments should be encouraged to contribute funding, as should relevant organisations from the private, voluntary and philanthropic sectors,” the report says.

The report was written by academics including David Livermore, professor of medical microbiology at the University of East Anglia, and Heather Cubie, a professor of research and research management and head of the human papillomavirus research group at the University of Edinburgh. The authors received input from a broader panel of researchers, physicians and people who work in health charities and providers. They note that antibiotic resistance is the “most pressing” issue in STIs and that sustained action by government and funders is needed in order to address the problem.

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