Defeating Superbugs

Bacteria that cause common infections are dangerously close to regaining the upper hand.

Defeating Superbugs

Seventy years after the advent of life-saving antibiotics, bacterial infectious diseases are dangerously close to regaining the upper hand.

So-called ‘superbugs’—pathogenic bacteria causing common infections that are highly resistant to multiple classes of antibiotics—are taking a terrible toll all over the world.

Naturally, University of Adelaide researchers are working to reverse the trend; and in this important presentation you’ll hear their latest findings regarding:

  • current antibiotic use and resistance in humans in Australia, and subsequent research priorities
  • antibiotic use and resistance in Australia’s livestock, companion animals and wildlife, and how comparatively low rates of resistance here can advantage our primary producers
  • the mechanisms with which superbugs cause disease, and how this knowledge can guide novel vaccines and therapeutic strategies.

Don’t miss this opportunity to inform yourself on one of the most critical global health issues of our time.

The Presenters

Adjunct Professor John Turnidge is an infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist in the University of Adelaide’s Schools of Biological Sciences and Health Sciences. He is a senior medical advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and ongoing contributor to the Australian Government’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.

Professor Darren Trott is a professor of veterinary microbiology and director of the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology, which undertakes antimicrobial resistance surveillance, researches the ecology and evolution of antimicrobial resistance in human, animal and zoonotic pathogens, and develops and repurposes new classes of antibiotics.

Professor James Paton directs the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases. A National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellow, he has authored over 350 publications in international scientific journals, including landmark papers in Nature, Science and Nature Medicine.

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