8 June 2016

Lister Memorial Lecture 2016: Antimicrobial Resistance - The Global Problem presented by Prof Dame Sally Davies

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SCI's Scotland Group in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Since their first development almost a century ago, antimicrobial drugs have played a massive role in improving human and animal health. However, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been documented since the earliest days of drug use. The scale of this problem has exploded in recent years, with AMR now being widely reported throughout the globe. Scientists fear we may now be close to tipping point where many of our front line drug therapies will be rendered useless by AMR, triggering a public health and economic disaster.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a complex issue, requiring a complex global solution. We are honoured that Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government, will be delivering the 2016 Lister Memorial Lecture on the subject of antimicrobial resistance. Dame Sally will discuss the problem of AMR, set out why it is such a problem now and the challenges that mean there is no easy solution. She will look at the international achievements to date and look ahead to the action needed. In the afternoon, prior to this lecture, SCI is planning, with assistance from the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), an interactive afternoon of talks, workshops and exhibitions for children and adults to learn more about this topic.

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Royal Society of Edinburgh

22-26 George Street

Royal Society Ed.

Tel: +44 (0)131 240 2780


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Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government