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The Threat of Superbugs
April 28, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chicago Council on Science and Technology is pleased to present The Threat of Superbugs. The drugs we’ve relied on for over 70 years to keep us safe—from small cuts to deadly systemic infections—are becoming less effective. Broad-spectrum antibiotics, which target multiple types of bacteria at once, are prescribed when more targeted drugs could be used. Or, antibiotics are prescribed for infections that are caused by viruses rather than bacteria, something antibiotics are useless against. In our homes, use of antibacterial products such as soap and cleansers is on the rise. And in the US, 80 percent of antibiotic use is on the farm, to prevent disease and promote growth in livestock.
This program features Robert A. Weinstein, Professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical College who also works in collaboration with the CDC, most recently as Principal Investigator for the Chicago Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention Epicenter (C-PIE); Robert S. Daum, a nationally and internationally known expert in Pediatric Infectious Diseases with University of Chicago; Scott Franzblau, Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognocy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Director of the Institute for Tuberculosis Research; and Michael Federle, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. His work investigates chemical communication pathways among bacteria, a process known as quorum sensing, and how microbial social behaviors contribute to health and disease. Panel moderated by Cristal Thomas, Vice President for Community Health Engagement at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Prior to her current position, Thomas served as Deputy Governor of Illinois and as Regiond V Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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