On Wednesday 15 November 2017 (15:00-16:00 GMT), the Biochemical Society, British Pharmacological Society and Sense about Science’s VoYS network will be holding a TweetChat for World Antibiotic Awareness Week to explore the science behind the headlines of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) stories recently published in the media.
According to WHO antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antimalarials, and anthelmintics). As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others.
A selection of experts will be on hand to answer questions submitted using the Twitter hashtag #AMRHeadlines.
- Dr Derry Mercer, NovaBiotics Ltd and Biochemical Society Policy Advisory Panel member – @DerryMercer
- Dr Clare Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University and General Secretary SfAM – @CT_microbiol
- Dr Jon Otter, epidemiologist focused on Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – @jonotter
Lisa Morgans, PhD student in reducing antimicrobial use on UK dairy farms through farmer learning groups – @LisaMorgansVet
Heard something about antibiotics you don’t understand? Scared we are about to enter the antibiotic apocalypse? We want to help. Ask @biochemSoc, @SfAMtweets or @Voiceofyoungsci your questions by 12pm GMT on 13 November and our experts will answer during our Tweetchat. In all tweets associated with the chat please use the hashtag #AMRHeadlines.
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