What can be done?

Professor Laura Piddock

Wednesday, May 9 2018 at 7:30PM

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Professor Laura Piddock

What's the talk about?

Antibiotic (antibacterial drug) use has brought huge changes to the world, especially in expectations of survival of children into adulthood, and underpins all areas of modern medicine. For this reason, antibiotic resistance threatens our modern way of life and is ‘as big a threat to human health as climate change’.

Is this statement true? If so, what does it mean for the way we treat infections and will drugs be effective in future?

What can we do to help resolve the antimicrobial resistance crisis? Laura will discuss appropriate antibiotic use (do GPs overprescribe?), the level of resistance (is it the same in the UK as in other countries?) and the pathogens that we should really be concerned about.

Laura will also briefly discuss how bacteria become drug resistant, and what can be done to resolve the issue of resistance.

Laura Piddock is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham. However, she is currently seconded for 75% time to the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP https://www.gardp.org/) as their Head of Scientific Affairs. GARDP, a joint initiative of DNDi and the WHO, aims to develop and deliver new treatments for bacterial infections where drug resistance is present or emerging, or for which inadequate treatment exists.