February 15 – Drug-resistant bacteria: a current enigma

    15 February 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Greenbank Pub, Easton, Bristol
    Bob Foster
    What are science cafes? 
    They are informal gatherings in which an expert discusses an interesting science topic – usually one that they’re working on. The goal is to stimulate a lively discussion.

    Our speaker is: Juan Carlos

    I am a researcher in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Department at the University of Bristol. For the past ten years, I have focused on studying MDR bacteria from a number of sources including food, the skin of asymptomatic people, diabetic foot and natural reservoirs. Currently, I am studying the combinatorial effect (if at all) of two main mechanisms of resistance, intrinsic and acquired, with the aim of tackling MDR  bacteria.

    This evening’s topic is: 

    Multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria are an increasing worldwide public health problem which is now recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a life threating issue. The ability of bacteria to overcome the effect of antibiotics has forced us to find new and innovative ways to fight back.

    The reasons behind this phenomenon are diverse and very dynamic. My talk will include a discussion of the history of drug resistance and the molecular biology involved as well as politics and antibiotic stewardship. I’ll describe the impact of MDR bacteria not only in the UK but around the globe.

    The main aim will be to show everyone how important their participation is. In addition to having knowledge about the topic you can, in combination with researchers, dramatically reduce the problem of resistance.





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