Skolar Award winner and PostNord will collaborate to collect water samples.

Earlier this year, Johan Seijsing, Skolar Award winner spoke of his wishes to engage the Swedish public in his research on antibiotic resistance. Now the Swedish postal service PostNord has agreed to help him get water samples from around the country delivered in his post box.

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The Swedish postal service PostNord Sverige will start a collaboration with last year’s Skolar Award winner Johan Seijsing to collect 100 water samples. PostNord will support Johan to deliver research samples from different parts of Sweden to Seijsing’s laboratory in Stockholm.

Seijsing works with the development of protein-based antimicrobials to treat infections resistant to our traditional antibiotics. He is particularly interested in enzymes from viruses found in gray water, meaning water from for example sinks, showers, baths and washing machines.

PostNord’s help will enable Swedes all around the country to collect samples from their domestic gray water and then just slip the test tubes into the mailbox.

“Our network reaches not just the Swedish cities but small villages as well. We are happy to use this network to support such an important cause. If the solution to antibiotic resistance can be found in the Swedish waters, we are honored to be a part of the solution”, says Mathias Krümmel, Vice President & COO at PostNord Group.

The cure can be found in peoples’ sinks and showers

Johan Seijsing is delighted about the collaboration. Gray water at people’s homes is different from the water treatment plants where Seijsing and his team usually collect samples from.  

"It’s fun that we can include the public in our research. We are always looking for new bacteria killing viruses, and PostNord’s help will give us the opportunity to get samples from many people’s nearest environment in a large geographic area”, he says.

But what will Seijsing do with all the water gushing into his mailbox?

“When we get the samples from the public we will isolate the bacteriophages and sequence their DNA. One particularly interesting reason for doing this is that we will find the genetic code for enzymes with the ability to break down the bacterial cell wall. These can potentially be turned into protein-based antimicrobials to be used as treatment against antibiotic resistant infections", he explains.

You can be a part of the cure!

Johan Seijsing is now calling out to all Swedes to join his project to find a cure for antibiotic resistance. You can be a part of it! All you need to do is to sign up using this link.

If you are chosen as one of the 100 participants you will be contacted by Johan’s research team and get a water sampling kit sent to you together with instructions on how to sample and return the tubes.

Sign up now or spread the message to contribute to finding the cure for antibiotic resistance!

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Psst. Below you can see a video where Johan Seijsing talks about his ambitious goal, which is now coming true.