Superbugs in the spotlight

Experts are gathering to explore how best to tackle the rising global superbug crisis.

Researchers will discuss how they can help solve the growing problem of bacteria and other diseases becoming resistant to the medicines used to treat them.

Teams from across Edinburgh will consider how to tackle infections such as MRSA, which kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year.

New technologies

The event at the University of Edinburgh will showcase new tools to speed diagnosis of diseases, so that they can be treated appropriately and antibiotics can be spared when they are not needed.

Teams will also showcase alternative approaches to controlling infections that help to cut back on antibiotic use.

Tracking infections

Experts will tackle questions such as how resistance arises, so that they can devise strategies to prevent it from occurring.

Scientists will also discuss how best to track infections when they emerge, so that resources can be deployed to stop them from spreading.

The University of Edinburgh excels at interdisciplinary research and the creation of new knowledge. We are committed to playing our part in overcoming antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor

Drug resistance

Antibiotics have been used for more than 80 years as an effective treatment for bacterial infections but they do not work against viruses such as the common cold or flu.

Repeated and improper use of antibiotics is driving bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs – which means bacteria are no longer killed by them.

Deadly threat

Researchers are worried because strains of bacteria have emerged that are resistant even to medicines that are reserved for use as a last resort.

Without antibiotics, many modern medical advances that we take for granted today – such as surgery and chemotherapy – would become deadly procedures.

New collaborations

The meeting aims to highlight current research projects addressing antimicrobial resistance, and to forge new innovative studies that will speed up the development of solutions to the problem. It has been organised by Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, a network of scientists and medical experts from across the city.

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most important issues currently facing the world, and we recognise that Edinburgh scientists and clinicians have a key role to play in addressing this truly global challenge.

Professor Ross FitzgeraldDirector, Edinburgh Infectous Diseases

Related links

Edinburgh Infectous Diseases

Edinburgh Medical School