Northen Antibiotic Resistance Partnership

Welcome to the Northern Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (NARP) web site.

The emergence of antimicrobial resistant organisms in our hospitals and communities is of major concern since they limit treatment options for infections involving common bacterial pathogens.  Very little attention has been directed at this problem in northern communities as compared to hospital-acquired or common community-acquired pathogens in large urban communities in southern Canada.  The factors influencing the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance may be different in the north as compared to factors identified in studies involving large urban centers where cultural, medical, and educational systems are completely different.    

NARP is comprised of a team of community members, healthcare professionals, educators and research scientists working in partnership to study antimicrobial resistant bacteria causing infections in northern communities.

We have developed a three-pronged approach to understand and combat this issue:


Establishment of sentinel surveillance sites to monitor bacterial infections and antibiotic use.

Case Control

Development of a case control study to identify risk factors for acquisition of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.


Address the emerging antimicrobial resistance issues through educational activities aimed at both health care providers and the general community.