BUGS & DRUGS: The Resistance Wars

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Summary

Join the fight against superbugs with cutting-edge science at your defence

Antibiotic drugs have saved millions of lives since the 1940s. However, while disease-causing bacteria have changed, our pharmaceutical defences have not, raising the threat of deadly armies of superbugs and a return to the dark days of uncontrolled infection. The medical and scientific community is rallying but will they crack the microbial codes in time?

Award-winning broadcaster Norman Swan leads our panel in analysing how science, government and industry must join forces to defend us in the escalating war of resistance.

 

Image credit: Darren Brown, IMB, The University of Queensland. 

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Norman Swan

Moderator

Norman Swan

Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on ABC’s Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24TV. The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world....

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Cheryl Jones

Participant

Cheryl Jones

Cheryl Jones is the Stevenson Chair of Paediatrics and Department Head, University of Melbourne and an infectious diseases physician at Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. She is an internationally recognised research...

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Peter Collignon

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Peter Collignon

Professor Peter Collignon is an Infectious Diseases physician and microbiologist at the Canberra Hospital. He is currently Executive Director of ACT Pathology. He is also a Professor at the Australian...

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Mark Blaskovich

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Mark Blaskovich

Doctor Mark Blaskovich is an antibiotic hunter based at the Centre for Superbug Solutions in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. A medicinal chemist with 15...

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Krispin Hajkowicz

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Krispin Hajkowicz

Krispin Hajkowicz is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and founded the Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program – a Queensland Government program to ensure the...

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