The future of antibiotics: innovative solutions to current problems

Antibiotic resistance is a global issue, compromising the treatment of infectious diseases and undermining many other advances in health and medicine. It represents one of the biggest threats to health today, leading to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.

While antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon, misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process. Antibiotic use is widespread: 65% of respondents across the 12 countries included in a recent WHO survey report having taken antibiotics in the past six months, including more than one third (35%) who took antibiotics within the past month.


Antibiotic Future?

WHO is launching an international campaign, ‘Antibiotics: Handle with care’, during the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 16-22 November 2015. We’ll be supporting the campaign, which also includes European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 Nov. To help raise public awareness, the Biochemical Society, Society for Applied Microbiology and the Royal Society of Biology will be hosting a TweetChat on Friday 18 November at 15:00.

Unsure what a Tweetchat is? It’s simply a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag. This hashtag enables people to follow the discussion and participate in it. Tweetchats are usually recurring and on specific topics to regularly connect people with these interests. For the purposes of this event, we’ll be using #AntibioticFuture.

There are many ways to participate in a TweetChat. You can log in to the TweetChat site, using your Twitter credentials, use your favourite Twitter client (i.e. TweetDeck, HootSuite, etc.) or even just use Twitter Search to follow the chat hashtag. During the event, you can follow the discussion, contribute questions, and submit your own comments by using the same hashtag.


Positive solutions

The aim of this online discussion is to discuss what the future of antibiotics is in light of the current worldwide problems with antimicrobial resistance. The aim is to focus on positive solutions to the problem of antibiotic resistance and allow people to have an evidence-based, but informal discussion with experts.

Experts on hand to answer questions and spark debate include; Dr Derry Mercer, NovaBiotics Ltd and Biochemical Society Policy Advisory Panel member, Dr Clare Taylor, Edinburgh Napier University and General Secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology and Miss Victoria Wells, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and Antibiotic Action.

The more people involved, the better the banter- so submit all questions in advance via twitter to @biochemSoc, @SfAMtweets or @RoyalSocBio by 16th November. Alternatively, email your question to

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