Antibiotic resistance: The end of modern medicine? (Auckland)
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- Date: Thursday, 17 August, 2017
Auckland War Memorial Museum, The Auckland Domain, Parnell
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Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles explores the looming crisis
In ten years’ time, will antibiotics still work? Have we let bacteria get the upper hand in the evolutionary arms race?
Antibiotics are a cornerstone of modern medicine, used to treat infectious diseases and prevent infection in vulnerable patients. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) described how antibiotic resistant bacteria are present in every region of the world, including New Zealand. Within a decade, antibiotic resistance will make routine surgery, organ transplantation and cancer treatment life-threatening.
In this Q&A with journalist and director Damian Christie, Siouxsie will introduce you to the world of infectious microorganisms, explain the growing burden they place on us here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and outline the very real threats we face from antibiotic resistance.
Chaired by Veronika Meduna. Part of the BWB Winter Series, supported by the National Library and the Royal Society.
About the speaker
Dr Siouxsie Wiles is an award-winning scientist who has made a career of manipulating microbes. She and her team at the University of Auckland use glowing bacteria to understand how infectious microbes make us sick and to find new medicines.
Siouxsie is an enthusiastic tweeter, blogger, artist, curator and media science commentator and has won numerous prizes, including the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize and the Royal Society of New Zealand Callaghan Medal. In 2016, Siouxsie was named a Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Trust.