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3rd Meeting of the 195th Session (2015-2016)

Prof Woolhouse

Prof Woolhouse

Antibiotic resistant infections: is this the next plague?

Professor M.E.J. Woolhouse OBE FRSE FMedSci
Chair of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Centre for Immunity, Infection & Evolution
University of Edinburgh

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 30th November 2015, at 7pm

Antibiotic resistant infections are emerging as one of the greatest public health problems of the 21st century. As microbes evolve resistance to more and more antibiotics, many infections are becoming harder to treat and thousands of people are dying as a result. With few new drugs coming onto the market, and antibiotic usage increasing around the world, the situation is likely to get worse in the immediate future. The World Health Organisation has proposed measures to mitigate the problem, but putting these into practice across the globe will be challenging, to say the least. One way forward might be to create an intergovernmental panel, analogous to the IPCC which was set up to tackle climate change, to take the issue forward.

Mark Woolhouse is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. He studied at the Universities of Oxford, York and Queen’s in Canada, then held Research Fellowships at the University of Zimbabwe, Imperial College London and Oxford, before moving to Edinburgh in 1997. He works on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, including emerging pathogens and antibiotic resistant infections. He is a frequent advisor to the UK government and was awarded an OBE in 2002. He has published over 250 scientific articles and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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