Antibiotic Research UK

Beating the Superbugs

Anyone can get an antibiotic resistant infection, but it's children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems that are most at risk. Antibiotic Research UK is the only charity set up specifically to tackle this global health crisis which is already killing thousands of people.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1157884)

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Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund

  • The UTI I was suffering from wasn’t clearing up. Seven different antibiotics later & still no let up. Finally an answer - ESBL E-coli, an antibiotic resistant infection - but no explanation! There’s a real lack of knowledge about ESBL infections, no support or information for patients.

    — Emily C

  • Emily has lived with antibiotic-resistant bacteria for a decade. “I carry a resistant strain of E. coli known as ESBL E. coli. I’m only 26, and if you look at how many antibiotics I’ve gone through, I’m already coming close to the end ones. By the time I’m 40, I still want to have antibiotics left.

    — Emily M

  • My partner was diagnosed Acinetobacter baumannii. They think he contracted this due to poor hospital hygiene. All treatment, including antibiotics failed. At 21.45hrs I received a message to say he’d died. We were making plans for the future; plans that we will never now fulfill.

    — Rob


Antibiotic resistant infections are the biggest threat to modern medicine. Superbugs kill more than 700,000 people globally each year. In the UK alone, this annual figure is reported to be at least 12,000. When Sir Alexander Fleming collected his Nobel Prize in 1945, he predicted a time when antibiotics could become less useful due to frequent or improper use leading to antibiotic resistance. Now, 90 years after the discovery of penicillin, that time is fast approaching.


Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) is the world's first and only charity formed specifically to tackle antibiotic resistance, through research, public education and patient support. Unlike pharmaceutical companies, ANTRUK doesn't need to make profits for shareholders. This means, we can concentrate our efforts on those areas which will yield greatest benefit to humankind and deliver results fast.