Back to the dark ages? How to combat antimicrobial resistance

Join us for a lunchtime discussion to launch the new briefing paper by CAGE academic, Professor Cormac O’Grada on antimicrobial resistance. This event will be held in association with the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).

Date and time:
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 12.30 – 13.30
A light lunch will be served from 12.00

Social Market Foundation
11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

Antimicrobials have played a major role in worldwide improvements of health and life expectancy since they became available in the 1930s. Today, the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is accelerating and will present profound challenges. AMR threatens the return of infectious diseases that were previously well controlled. It also threatens the routine use of surgical procedures for which antimicrobials are a standard post-operative precaution.

This discussion will consider how we can manage the challenge of AMR, focusing on three key questions:

  • How can public health measures mitigate the spread of AMR?
  • How far can we limit the use of anti-microbials to counteract increasing resistance to them?
  • What can we expect from the pipeline of new drugs?