Lord O’Neill to receive honorary fellowship - News & Features

4 May 2018
Lord O’Neill to receive honorary fellowship

The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) are delighted to announce that Lord Jim O’Neill will be personally presented with an honorary fellowship to the Society on Thursday 17 May 2018.

This event has particular significance as it is the first honorary fellowship to be awarded in the Society’s history. The annual honour will recognise distinguished individuals whose work has significantly impacted the field of applied microbiology.

Far reaching review

Jim O’Neill stepped down from Government, having been Commercial Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until September 2016. During that time, and since Spring 2014, Lord O’Neill chaired a formal Review into AMR (antimicrobial resistance) reporting its final recommendations in May 2016, and contributed to high level agreement at the UN in September.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies said:

“Action on antimicrobial infections must be taken internationally. Jim O’Neill’s review has made challenging recommendations for the world and I’m delighted that the UK is helping to lead the fight on this.

“No country can afford to be complacent about the catastrophic risk we are facing. If drugs like antibiotics no longer fight infections, 10 million lives could be lost globally every year by 2050.”

O’Neill said: “My Review not only makes it clear how big a threat AMR is to the world, with a potential 10 million people dying each year by 2050, but also sets out a workable blueprint for bold, global action to tackle this challenge.”