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06 Jun 2017 Research Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Social and Biological Dimensions

A one day interdisciplinary meeting bringing together humanities and biomedical researchers working across Cambridge and beyond on the global challenge of tackling Antimicrobial Resistance.
When Jun 06, 2017
from 08:30 AM to 04:45 PM
Where Clare College, Gillespie Centre, Cambridge.
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Contact Phone 07464 789129
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Superbugs that are resistant to all antibiotics are threatening many of the key advances of modern medicine. Recognizing that antibiotic resistance is a global problem, but that antibiotic use also has the greatest effects locally, this meeting will consider both biological and human dimensions, aiming to provide insight into current research on how different environments (animal and human host tissues, hospitals, urban, and agricultural environments) affect the evolution and transmission of resistance, and discussing novel interventions to tackle the AMR challenge, including innovative approaches to reducing societal demand, novel approaches to drug design, biologics and vaccines.

This one day meeting will take place at Clare College, Gillespie Centre, University of Cambridge CB3 9AJ.

Bringing together a researchers across the Cambridge campus, affiliated institutes and from around the UK, we invite participants from across the biomedical sciences, public health, veterinary medicine, and medical humanities (anthropology, medical history, sociology, geography, etc.).


Submitting an abstract does not constitute registering, please also visit the registration site to register for this event. Please register hereRegistration closes Tues 30th May Midday.

Registration is free to academics/members of the University of Cambridge and affiliated partners. If you are an industry participant, there is a registration fee of £55. Once registered, you will be sent a link to enable payment to be taken.

We have a limited number of spaces, therefore please register as early as you can to save your seat!


We have an exciting line-up of confirmed speakers in sessions on biology of resistance mechanism and drug targets, intelligent surveillance, social, economic & policy aspects and an open session in the afternoon to explore innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to AMR challenges.

08.30: Registration /Coffee

09.10: Opening remarks

09.20: Keynote: Gordon Dougan. The AMR Challenge Questions

10.00: Session 1: Biology of resistance mechanisms and drug targets

Chair: Duncan Maskell –(Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor)

  • The challenges of killing mycobacteria Andres Floto, MRC-LMB/Dept. of Medicine.
  • The incredible diversity and mobility of antimicrobial resistance. Alison Mather, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pathogen behaviour and the efficacy of antibiotics in invasive Salmonella infections. Piero Mastroeni, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine
  • Identifying new antibiotics in the resistance era. Sean Bartlett, Dept. of Chemistry

11.10: Tea/coffee

11.30: Session 2: Intelligent Surveillance

Chair: Julian Parkhill (WTSI)

  • Using Hi-C metagenomics to identify which AMR gene is in which genome. Mark Holmes, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine
  • Source of acquisition and transmission networks of Enterococcus faecium in haematology wards using whole genome sequencing  Francesc Coll, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Tracking transmission of Mycobacterium abscessus amongst cystic fibrosis patients. Josephine Bryant, Dept. of Medicine

12.45 Lunch

13.45: Session 3: AMR: Social, economic and policy aspects

Chair: Christos Lynteris (CRASSH) 

  • Languages of resistance: Translating between and beyond disciplines in AMR research. Helen Lambert, Bristol University
  • MDRTB: Drug markets and diagnostics Ian Harper, University of Edinburgh
  • Social Science approaches to AMR: going beyond behaviour. Clare Chandler, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

14.50: Tea/coffee- Posters

15.30 Session 4 : How can we work across disciplines to defeat antimicrobial resistance globally?

Chair:  Lydia Drumright (Dept. of Medicine) 

  • The Role of the Built Environment on Contact Networks, Human Flow and Infection Transmission. Simon Frost, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine
  • Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance-TBC David Aanensen, Imperial College London/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute 
  • International cooperation in public health problems. Petra Klepac, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

16.35: Closing remarks Duncan Maskell/Lydia Drumright

16.45: Close


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

How to find the venue:

Clare College
Memorial Court
Queens Road

Parking spaces at Memorial Court are restricted to speakers only/special needs disabilities. Please email the coordinator at if you have disability parking needs. Parking is available further from the venue, and requires advanced booking (see link above).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?


Tel Mobile: 07464-789129

This interdisciplinary event is jointly organised by the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre and CRASSH. Funding to enable this meeting has been received in part from The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF).

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