The Threat of a Post-Antibiotic Era: The Next Global Pandemic?

Panel discussion about the challenges of anti-microbial resistance.
About this event

Since the initial discovery of penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming in the 1920s, antibiotics have played an instrumental role in modern medicine. However, overuse and misuse of antibiotics is causing a rapid emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. In 2019, infections caused by these bacteria were estimated to cause more deaths than HIV or malaria combined. The increased prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria will result in increased mortalities from routine surgeries, childbirth and common injuries. Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest global health challenges currently faced by humankind, but will it be the cause of the next global pandemic?

The Oxford Doctoral Training Centre will host a panel discussion that will examine anti-microbial resistance as a key global issue of the 21st century. The panel will discuss the technical challenges associated with detecting, treating, and preventing antimicrobial resistance, as well its broader socio-economic implications. Additionally, future directions with respect to antimicrobial resistance research and policy will be evaluated. The discussion will be led by a panel of experts in the field coming from diverse backgrounds: Professor Dame Sally Davies (UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance), Professor Mark Holmes (Professor of Veterinary Science and Medicine at Cambridge University), and Dr. Tina Joshi (Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Plymouth).

This is a hybrid event with the possibility to join in person (Mathematical Institute, lecture theatre L3) or online (through Zoom). Registration is necessary to attend online, and the Zoom link will be sent to you in the confirmation email. To attend in person, registration in advance is encouraged but not necessary.