Title

Antibiotic Resistance: Losing the Fight

Date

5-26-2016 4:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 4:45 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

With the discovery of antibiotics in the early 1900’s, we began what was supposed to be the end of all bacterial infections, or so we thought. What few could anticipate was the rapid development of antibiotic resistance, which in recent years has become a major public concern. Some believe that we are heading toward the end of the antibiotic era, throwing us back into the dark ages of medicine. This seminar will begin with some history demonstrating how far we have come in the fight against bacterial infections and will end with a discussion on how we can avoid losing our progress. Focusing on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), I will explain how antibiotics work, how bacteria can develop resistance, and what we can do to stop the spread of resistance. I will also cover the methods used to discover antibiotics and some novel techniques being developed that could be used to jump-start the discovery of new antibiotics.

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May 26th, 4:00 PM May 26th, 4:45 PM

Antibiotic Resistance: Losing the Fight

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

With the discovery of antibiotics in the early 1900’s, we began what was supposed to be the end of all bacterial infections, or so we thought. What few could anticipate was the rapid development of antibiotic resistance, which in recent years has become a major public concern. Some believe that we are heading toward the end of the antibiotic era, throwing us back into the dark ages of medicine. This seminar will begin with some history demonstrating how far we have come in the fight against bacterial infections and will end with a discussion on how we can avoid losing our progress. Focusing on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), I will explain how antibiotics work, how bacteria can develop resistance, and what we can do to stop the spread of resistance. I will also cover the methods used to discover antibiotics and some novel techniques being developed that could be used to jump-start the discovery of new antibiotics.