Many of the traditional treatments for common infections are no longer effective because of the fast-growing problem of antimicrobial resistance, first associated with hospitals, but increasingly widespread in the community. Antimicrobial resistance is now a global problem of major concern. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance (CIRAR), initially funded in 2004 by a planning grant from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health, is now an established, ongoing Center supported by the Columbia University School of Nursing.
Since 2007, a total of 15 projects affiliated with CIRAR have been externally funded. In 2007 and 2008, five projects affiliated with CIRAR were funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH and two were funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; (Click here to download the funding announcement). In 2009, four additional CIRAR-affiliated projects have been funded: an AHRQ Conference Grant, an IICTR CaMPR award funded by the NCRR, a 5-year R01 funded by the NIAID, and a 2-year RC1 Challenge Grant funded by the NCHMD. In 2010, a 3-year competitive renewal was awarded for the CIRAR-affiliated project, P-NICER. CIRAR continues to prepare biomedical researchers and others in interdisciplinary research with a focus on the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance.
Visit the CUMC CIRAR website for more information.