Fighting Superbugs
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

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The University presents a free evening event to discuss the problem of antibiotic resistance and how scientists are trying to find a solution to one of the biggest public health issues of our time. 

Join Dr Tina Joshi, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, for an evening of intense discussion plus refreshments, to understand the threat humanity is facing and what’s being done to combat it.

Programme

18:45 - Arrival for 19:00 start

19:00 - Introduction to World Antibiotics Awareness Week and expert panel (presented by Tina Joshi)

19:30 - Film screening: a short documentary produced by the Longitude Prize called Fighting Superbugs in India  

19:45 - Panel discussion of antibiotic resistance: what the public needs to know, small changes we can make to help combat it, and what would happen without antibiotics

Panel members

  • Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth
  • Professor Mathew Upton, Associate Head of School, Biomedical Sciences, University of Plymouth
  • Shannon Harmon, Communication Manager/Digital Editor, Longitude Prize
  • Rose Brade, Health Communications Professional, Researcher at the University of Leeds
  • Mr Anthony Thomas Ihimekpen BSc(Hons) BDS MFDS RCPS (Glasgow) PgCertEd, Dental Surgeon

20:00 - Panel Q&A

20:15 - Event close

An informal reception with refreshments and networking will round off the event.

Please register your place via the above link.

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Biography: Mr Anthony Thomas Ihimekpen 

BSc (Hons) BDS MFDS RCPS (Glasgow) PgCertEd, Dental Surgeon

Anthony obtained his first degree in 2002, in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Bedfordshire. He won a scholarship and stayed on to complete a Master by Research in Bioinformatics in 2004 while also lecturing microbiology and biochemistry. Relocated to the South West and Cornwall after completing his registration examination as a biomedical scientist, he worked in the area of cellular pathology for six years at which time he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Plymouth. Anthony then moved back London to work as a specialist biomedical scientist in cardiothoracic pathology at the Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Trust. 

Anthony completed his dental training in 2016 from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and subsequently completed dental foundation training having won the prize for the best community project in the South West dental training scheme. He has since completed a regional audit on antimicrobial prescription in dental training practices for the South West.

Anthony has also since obtained his membership of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians Glasgow and has been involved in dental community projects in Exeter where he am now works in general practice. Anthony has recently been invited to be a stakeholder in the TRUCE multidisciplinary group antimicrobial resistance project at the University of Leeds dental school.

Biography: Rose Brade

Rose is a health communications professional specialising in the application of behavioural and sociological insights to public health. Previously she researched at the University of Leeds where she investigated student attitudes to rapid point-of-care diagnostics and barriers which may be encountered on their roll-out.

Antibiotic research

This event is part of the University’s commitment to World Antibiotics Awareness Week, a national initiative from the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of the global health threat posed by antibiotic resistance. 

By 2050, an estimated 10 million people a year will die from antibiotic resistance if nothing is done now.

At the University's Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMed), we are conducting world-leading research into a new class of antibiotic, Antimicrobial Peptides. Led by Dr Mathew Upton, if successful, it will be the first new antibiotic in 30 years, with a single dose as effective as six doses of the standard of care. 

Visit our webpage for further information about our world-leading research.


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