DARE - Detecting evolutionary hot spots of antibiotic resistances in Europe
Detecting evolutionary hot spots of antibiotic resistances in Europe (DARE)

Program At A Glance

  Funding Agencies European Science Foundation, European Commission
  Program Period 2009-2013
  Total Budget  
  NIREAS/UCY Budget  
  NIREAS Contact Dr. D. Fatta Kassinos
  Project Acronym DARE
  Dedicated Webpage http://www.cost-dare.eu/

Program Overview

The main objective of DARE is to identify and characterize environmental hot spots for antimicrobial resistance (AR) emergence and spreading of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance patterns, aiming at the development of measures to control antibiotic resistance evolution. A network between medical researchers, urban water engineers, chemists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, environmental biologists and evolutionary biologists agreed on the following objectives: (1) Assess the potential of wastewater treatment plants and animal production as environmental hot spots for antimicrobial resistance emergence and spreading; (2) Identify key processes, which foster or stabilize antibiotic resistances in different environments and assess measures to reduce the evolution of new ARs, develop an appropriate risk assessment; and (3) Identify key requirements for a (molecular) screening system of ARs.
Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos is a member of the Management Committee and the Vice Chair of the Action.


Indicative Work Packages
1. Prevalence and spread of antibiotics and AR microbes
2. Antibiotics and AR microbes in WWTPs and animal production
3. Antibiotics and AR evolution in natural environments