World Antimicrobial Awareness Week: Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together – Quiz the Experts
  • Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

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Join us for an informative evening and thought-provoking discussion on 21 November 2022 to quiz the experts on a topic that relates to us all – have you heard of it? Antimicrobial resistance! 
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) 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 of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat. 
This evening is aimed at ANYONE and EVERYONE. Come and watch a short video explaining a world without antibiotics, ask questions to a panel of experts, share your opinion on the matter, or just sit back and listen to the discussion! The evening begins with a short video, an introduction to our experts, an opportunity for questions and discussions, and ends with some complimentary nibbles and drinks. 
Please register your place via the above link or email jazz.conway@plymouth.ac.uk for further details.
Early arrival is recommended. Nibbles and drinks will be provided after the event.
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Meet the panel

‘I am fortunate to be able to work with a wide range of experts in many fields so we can address AMR from all angles.’ 
Mathew’s research group are developing new vaccines that can be used in animals so that they are given fewer antibiotics as this reduces antibiotic concentrations in the environment to help reduce AMR. 
Some of their work looks at the way infections might be spread in hospitals to control transmission of disease in vulnerable patients. 
His most active area of research is in discovery and development of new antibiotics from novel and exciting environments like the deep sea and Antarctica. For this work, Mathew formed a company, Amprologix, in 2018 where he is developing new treatments for skin and wound infections. 
Further reading
<p>Mat Upton</p>

Professor Mathew Upton: Medical Microbiologist

Mathew is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and his research at the University of Plymouth focuses on various aspects of AMR. 
 
Tina's interdisciplinary research group focuses on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and development of sustainable Molecular Diagnostics (using novel technologies) to help tackle the global healthcare challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
She is a recognised UK national expert in antimicrobial resistance and regularly contributes to public engagement and national policy activities to help policy makers and the wider public enhance their understanding of AMR. 
Tina sits on the Microbiology Society Council and the Science Committee Board of Antibiotic Research UK
Further reading
<p>Dr Tina Joshi</p>

Dr Tina Joshi: Associate Professor in Molecular Microbiology

Tina teaches and researches in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, and is the lead for the Molecular Microbiology Research Group at the University of Plymouth.
 
Vanessa became an AMR patient advocate in 2013 after surviving a serious car accident and a ten-year facial reconstruction that caused a highly resistant Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection for three years of her overall recovery.
In 2017 she was awarded an e-Patient Scholarship at Stanford University Medicine X in the USA which focused on elements related to advocacy including storytelling and presenting, entrepreneurship, design thinking and innovation, leadership, and emerging technologies. With a prior professional background in marketing before entering public health, Vanessa has further lectured on topics including effective communication in relation to AMR. She was certified in 2020 as a successful applicant of the first WHO infodemic managers cohort and attended a second WHO fellowship for storytelling in partnership with the Story Collider in 2022. She has also advocated the importance of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) having worked alongside various key academic institutions to co-author research around it. 
She has won various awards for her advocacy including the Antibiotic Guardian Community Communications Award, FINDdx Voices for Diagnosis Award, Tropics Magazine African Changemakers Award and Women of The Year – Woman of Substance Directors Award in South Africa. Originally from Johannesburg, she now resides in the UK.  
<p>Vanessa Carter, AMR Survivor</p>

Vanessa Carter: AMR Survivor

A patient adviser to several organisations including CIDRAP (USA) and the WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group on AMR (STAG-AMR), Vanessa is also a civil society champion at the Africa CDC.
 
"I believe that entertainment is a major gateway into education." 
Together with Eliza Wolfson, Lizah started the Resist NOW! comic project in which they made comics about antimicrobial resistance and – more importantly – the cool work labs are doing to combat it. 
They work as an animator for the YouTube channel MinuteEarth which tells stories about our awesome planet. 
Twitter: @LizahvdAart
Instagram: @Lizah_scienceart
<p>Lizah, Science Communicator and Illustrator</p>

Lizah van der Aart: Science Communicator and Illustrator

Lizah is an illustrator who tells stories about science with comics and videos. 
 
Neil has a responsibility for antimicrobial stewardship in the hospital as well as across the Integrated Care Board in Cornwall and sits on Cornwall’s One Health antibiotic group. 
Neil is also an NIHR Doctoral Fellow looking at how we optimise antibiotic use for patients with penicillin allergy records and is a co-applicant or Principal Investigator on several NIHR-funded studies that aim to improve antibiotic stewardship. 
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Neil is a Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist and Associate Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. 

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Neil Powell: Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist

Neil is a Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist and Associate Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. 
 

This event is kindly funded by:

The Microbiology Society
The Microbiology Society is a membership organisation for scientists who work in all areas of microbiology. It is the largest learned microbiological society in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools. The society publishes key academic journals, organises international scientific conferences and provides an international forum for communication among microbiologists and supports their professional development. 
Applied Microbiology International (AMI)
AMI is the oldest microbiology society in the UK serving microbiologists based in universities, private industry and research institutes around the world. As a professional membership organisation AMI supports those studying and working in the field of applied microbiology to those entering the field of work and seasoned professionals in academia or industry.

<p>Joint WAAW 2022 funders logo - Microbiology Society, Applied Microbiology International</p>

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Celebrated annually from 18–24 November, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
During WAAW and outside the week, the University continues to promote antimicrobial resistance messages from the UK government and Public Health England as well as from WHO.
We are holding a number of events during WAAW 2022. Visit our web page for details and to read about our cross-disciplinary research into antimicrobial resistance.

<p>Illustration of immune system defence concept</p>

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