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After Antibiotics

After Antibiotics? – Laura McCaughey | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, June 16 at 7:00pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

The UK government recently announced that antibiotic resistance was as big a
threat as terrorism, predicting that in the next 20 years the world could
revert back to a pre-antibiotic era, in which routine operations, cancer
treatments and childbirth could become life threatening. The problem of
antibiotic resistance is fuelled by the over-prescription of antibiotics,
their use in animal feed, and a lack of development of new antibiotics. In
this talk, Laura will review how these practices have contributed to this
crisis and the changes needed to prevent further damage., and will also
discuss how realistic the idea of “a world without antibiotics” is, and the
consequences of such an occurrence.

To combat antibiotic resistance, new ways of killing bacteria are required.
During her PhD, Laura has developed protein antibiotics that are produced by
bacteria to kill bacteria and, she will close the talk by discussing how these
could be used to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance.


Laura McCaughey is a final year PhD student at the University of Glasgow,
specialising in the development of new antibiotics to treat Pseudomonas
aeruginosa infections, notorious for their antibiotic resistance. Laura has
also worked in the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, testing the safety
of antibiotics for human trials, giving her a unique insight into the
pharmaceutical industries perspective of antibiotic resistance.

Laura was the overall winner in Glasgow Skeptics’ recent SpeedScience event,
hosted in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.

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