This month’s Cafe Scientifique event will be a talk by Dr Aleks Marek on “The end of antibiotics?”. This will take place at The Victorian Bar, Tron Theatre, Trongate, Glasgow.
More info below, or you can contact Mandy MacLean
“Since Lister and Semmelweis in the nineteenth century the idea of ‘hospital acquired infection’ has become increasingly recognised and understood, although we have come a long way from spraying theatres with carbolic acid. In recent years however the number of superbugs seems to be growing, as MRSA and multi-antibiotic resistant gut bacteria such as NDM-1 threaten us with untreatable infections. Are we winning or losing the fight? Are we reaching the end of the antibiotic era? What other strategies, not involving antibiotics, can we to use to combat infections ?
With the press also increasingly painting a picture of NHS hospitals as filthy places to pick up infections, what can be done to improve matters and can we try to ‘engineer out the infections’? This event is part of the Wellcome Trust’s Dirt Season
Dr Aleks Marek is a speciality registrar in microbiology at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.”