Antimicrobial Resistance: An emerging threat and future possibilities.

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

Special Event

Antimicrobial Resistance: An emerging threat and future possibilities.

Day Saturday
Date1st October 2022
Time 10:00 - 12:30
Presenter Dr Leena Al-Hassan
Cost £12.00
Room Main Hall
Availability 30/30 Places
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Event Description

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing global concern affecting not only the lives of patients but goes beyond the clinical setting to affect animal and environmental health. AMR threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. It occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others. This talk will give an overview of AMR, how it has evolved since the introduction of antimicrobials in modern medicine, and discuss ongoing global efforts to stop the spread of AMR.

Dr Leena Al-Hassan is a senior research fellow at the Department of Global Health and Infection at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She obtained her PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh. Since joining BSMS in 2014, Leena has been developing research projects in antibiotic resistance in low- and middle-income countries, working on the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in hospital acquired infections from North and sub-Saharan Africa. Several research projects have focused on investigating the molecular epidemiology of bacteria, as well as looking how multiple disciplines influence the rapid spread of antibiotic resistance globally.