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The drugs don’t work: London Without Antibiotics

17th March 2015 · 7:00pm - 8:15pm

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 The drugs don’t work: London Without Antibiotics
As part of British Science Week, join a panel of experts and opinion-formers to discuss one of the biggest threats to society – antibiotic resistance.
Modern medicine relies on antibiotics, which have saved countless lives and helped to extend the average lifespan by 20 years, but the infectious organisms they are designed to treat are developing resistance to them.As the drugs we have lose their effect, and less money is going into research to find new ones, experts, including the World Health Organisation have said that without immediate action, we’re heading for a ‘post-antibiotic’ era. The problem of resistance has been described as a ‘catastrophic threat’ by Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, and governments across the world agree we need immediate, global action.So, what would post-antibiotic London look like? And how do we avoid one of the biggest threats of our time?Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Jenny Rohn, Microbiologist, UCL
  • James Anderson, Head of Corporate Government Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Rosamund Urwin, Columnist, Evening Standard
  • Dr Richard Barnett, Writer on the history of science and medicine

Kindly hosted by the Conway Hall Ethical Society as part of British Science Week.

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