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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Registration and Coffee (8.15 - 9.00)

Introduction (Professor James Wood) (9.00 - 9.10)

Session 1: Tackling the current pandemic (9.10 - 10.10) – Chair: Professor Daniela de Angelis


Professor Sharon Peacock (Department of Medicine / COG-UK): In pursuit of actionable information from SARS-CoV-2 genomes


Professor Daniela de Angelis (MRC Biostatistics Unit): Real-time monitoring of the SARS-COV2 pandemic


Professor Tiago Cavalcanti (Faculty of Economics): More than Words: Leaders' Speech and Risky Behavior during a pandemic


Professor Andy Woods (BP Institute): Aerosol Dispersion and the role of ventilation in buildings

Break + Poster Session I (10.10-11.00)

Session 2: Learning from past and hidden pandemics (11.00 - 12.00) – Chair: Dr Lucy Weinert


Dr Mary Dobson (independent scholar): A Blast of the Stars: from Heavenly Influences to Planetary Health


Professor Nicholas Thomson (Wellcome Sanger Institute): A tale of two pandemics: in love and war


Professor Julian Parkhill (Department of Veterinary Medicine): What does "Transmission" actually mean? How to reconcile genomics and epidemiology in Mycobacteria


Dr Charlotte Hammer & Dr Freya Jephcott (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk / CRASSHHidden Epidemics Research Network

Lunch (12.00 - 13.00)

Session 3: Tackling AMR through novel therapies (13.00 - 13.45) – Chair: Dr Sarah Caddy


Professor Andres Floto (Department of Medicine) – presenting a collaboration with Professor Sir Mark Welland


Professor Ben Luisi (Department of Biochemistry): Drug efflux machines and how they work


Dr Wes Robertson (Centre for Chemical and Synthetic Biology, MRC LMB): Total Synthesis of E. coli with a 61-codon Genome Enables Viral Resistance and the Programmable Synthesis of Unnatural Polymers

Flash talks (13.45 - 14.45) – Chair: Professor James Wood

Break + Poster Session II (14.45 - 15.30)

Session 4: The future of AMR (15.30 - 16.45) – Chair: Professor Andres Floto


Professor David Spring (Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry): Approaches to Antibacterial Discovery


Professor Mark Holmes (Department of Veterinary Medicine): The wonder of hedgehogs: Emergence of methicillin resistance predates the clinical use of antibiotics


Professor Dame Sally Davies (UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, Master Trinity College Cambridge): AMR: surviving the silent pandemic

Closing speech (Professor Andres Floto) + awards (16.45 - 17.00)

Drinks reception (17.00 - 18.00)


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