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Medicine at the Crick | Escaping the antibiotic apocalypse
Thursday 03 Nov 2022
02:00 PM - 6:15 PM
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Our tenth Medicine at the Crick event will be hosted by Dr Luiz Pedro Carvalho (The Francis Crick Institute).
We are at a critical point in history, the so-called Antibiotic Apocalypse, where medicine is reverting to the pre-antibiotic era due to the global dissemination of multi-drug resistant bacteria. Even the most simple surgical procedures might lead to untreatable infections and death. The legacy of Ehrlich, Fleming, Chain, Florey, Waksman, Elion, Hitchings and many others is becoming obsolete. It is no longer a question of averting this scenario, but finding ways to escape from it. In his now famous review of antimicrobial resistance, Jim O’Neill predicted that 10 million lives will be lost yearly to antimicrobial resistance by 2050, with a cumulative US$ 100 trillion economic risk. This Medicine at the Crick event will cover a number of aspects of the rise in antibiotic resistance and ways to fight it.
This will be a hybrid event with an in-person audience joined by others online.
Register your free place on Eventbrite and full joining details for all attendees will be sent in advance of the event.
14:00 | Dr Luiz Pedro Carvalho | Welcome remarks
The Francis Crick Institute
14:10 | Prof Alison Holmes | Title tbc
Imperial College London
14:40 | Prof Craig MacLean | "Using evolutionary approaches to predict and prevent antibiotic resistance"
University of Oxford
15:10 | Comfort break
15:25 | Prof Melanie Blokesch | “Horizontal gene transfer in pathogenic bacteria and limitations to it”
Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
15:55 | Prof Jose Bengoechea | “From discovery science to host-directed therapeutics to combat infections”
Queen’s University Belfast
16:25 | Refreshment break
16:55 Keynote | Prof Dame Sally Davies | "Global leadership and collaboration against the silent pandemic''
UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance
17:40 Q&A and Panel Discussion | Panel Chair: Prof Gordon Dougan | Wellcome