Seminars

Seminar | Preemptive diagnosis, anticipatory prescribing and antimicrobial resistance in urban South Africa

LSHTM Medical Anthropology seminar Summary Abstract: Drawing on interview and observational data from public health centres and private primary care surgeries in Johannesburg, Lenore explores local ideas of immunity, resistance and stewardship, and how these influence prescribing practice and the use of common medication. She suggests that health providers operate in a subjunctive mode, making decisions […]

Seminar | Redefining susceptibility and resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs

Co-hosted between the AMR and TB Centre Summary Redefining susceptibility and resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs Traditionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) had relied on expert opinion to set breakpoints for phenotypic drug-susceptibility testing (DST) for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB). However, the evidence had been mounting that some of these […]

Seminar | Addressing Issues around Antimicrobial Resistance in Asia: Lessons from Pakistan and Cambodia

Summary Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is becoming recognised increasingly as a global issue, although it is likely to affect disproportionately low- and middle-income countries, such as Pakistan and Cambodia. Following the 2015 World Health Assembly, all countries were urged to develop National AMR Action Plans with WHO/FAO/OIE assistance, in an attempt to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use. […]

Book Launch and Panel Discussion | Superbugs: An Arms Race against Bacteria

Register About the book Antibiotics are powerful drugs that can prevent and treat infections, but they are becoming less effective as a result of drug resistance. Resistance develops because the bacteria that antibiotics target can evolve ways to defend themselves against these drugs. When antibiotics fail, there is very little else to prevent an infection […]

Science Museum Lates | Superbugs

Join the AMR Centre for a Superbugs Lates! On 25 April the AMR Centre will be at the Science Museum for their monthly Lates. This month looks at Superbugs, and will include games and disucssions about the large world of little microbes. More information is available on the Science Museum website. Details Date: 25 April […]

Seminar | Thinking practice with care

Thinking practice with care. An exploration of the risks and rewards of practice based approaches to a social problem in AMR In this paper I wish to share some ideas about the ways in which theories of practice may be used in pursuing medical sociology. I start from the policy interest in anti-microbial resistance (AMR) […]

PhD upgrade | Should empirical oral antibiotics remain part of TB diagnostic algorithms in the era of antimicrobial stewardship?

Summary Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing public health threat which is in part fueled by empirical antibiotic usage. However, to complement suboptimal diagnostics for Tuberculosis(TB), the leading cause of infectious disease mortality, standard diagnostic algorithms include empirical antibiotic use. The antibiotic course, referred to as “trial-of-antibiotics” and given to mycobacteriology negative but symptomatic adults, […]

PhD Upgrade | Exploring the effectiveness, acceptability, and equity of access of rapid diagnostic tests for AMR in hospitals in the UK

Summary Developing and implementing rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacterial pathogens is a priority area for the Department of Health and the National Institute for Health Research. RDTs are faster than laboratory-based culture and antibiotic susceptibility testing, allowing prescribers to switch patients onto appropriate antibiotic therapy more quickly than traditional […]

Seminar | Timeline sampling of individual patients reveals 
positive selection and co-selection of antibiotic resistance

Co-hosted between the AMR Centre and CMMID Centre Summary Antibiotic resistant bacteria of the Enterobacteriaceae family are a major threat to public health. Enterobacteriaceae are common, gram-negative members of the human gut microbiota who can turn into life-threatening blood infections that require treatment with antibiotics. In a recent worldwide endemic of the CTX-m resistance gene, […]

Seminar | The new Sustainable Development Goals and Access to Essential Medicines

Summary The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG will deliver this special Seminar entitled ‘The new Sustainable Development Goals and Access to Essential Medicines’. First appointed a judge in 1975, he ultimately served on the High Court of Australia, the nation’s Federal Supreme Court, 1996-2009. Since his retirement from judicial office in 2009, he has literally […]