Antibiotic Resistance Webinar – LIVE with Scientists and ANTRUK

Bacterial antibiotic resistance is on the rise globally, threatening modern medicine as we know it. Nearly every medical procedure, from cancer treatment and organ transplantation to hip or joint replacement, is dependent on effective antibiotics.

This British Science Week, join LIVE with Scientists in collaboration with Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) for a live webinar on antibiotic resistance. Hear about what antibiotic resistance is, how it develops and the threats it poses to effective healthcare.

We’ll be talking to two PhD students whose research focuses on tackling antibiotic resistance in two different types of bacteria, E. coli and C. difficile.

You will be given a chance to ask your own questions to our scientists, as well as take part in a quiz – with a prize for the winner!

This event is aimed at high school and post-16 students, with content relevant to the Biology syllabus. However, we welcome anyone to join us for this fun and interactive event! Let’s fight antibiotic resistance together. Register for the webinar via eventbrite.

The Speakers

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Jess Buddle
Hi I’m Jess! I am a first-year microbiology PhD student studying at the University of Sheffield. 

I started out my journey studying microbiology at the University of Liverpool, where I discovered my passion for research. From there, I had a year working as a microbiologist in the personal care industry – testing shampoos and other products for microbiological contamination. In my spare time I love going to cafes and restaurants, walks, sewing and baking.

My PhD project involves studying C. difficile– a bacteria which causes severe diarrhoea, especially in hospital settings in people who are elderly, ill, and have been treated with antibiotics. C. difficilehas evolved resistance to many of the common antibiotics which treat other bugs, and disease is often recurrent (comes back after treatment). This means finding suitable antibiotics is super important, or we will be in a situation where people who get C. difficilerelated infections cannot be treated. The main antibiotic used to treat C. difficile infection is Vancomycin. My project involves evolving resistance to vancomycin experimentally in the lab, so we can learn what happens when C. difficilebecomes resistant. This will help us understand the target of vancomycin in the cell,and also help us figure out why resistance to this drug hasn’t become common yet. In future, this could inform hospital decisions about what antibiotic to prescribe when. 

Rosie Clover 
My name is Rosie, I am a second year PhD student in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Manchester. I also hold a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and a MSc in Medical Microbiology. In a nutshell, I just really love bacteria! My research focuses on antibiotic resistance evolution, particularly multidrug resistance in isolates Escherichia coli collected from Wythenshawe Hospital. Currently, I am focusing on the price these isolates pay for being resistant to more than one key antibiotics.  

Want to find out more? Register for the webinar via eventbrite. This event is registered as it is taking place over Zoom so you can ask your own questions live. You will also be able to watch the event on YouTube.

Check out the Antibiotic Research UK website for more information on the charity and their work in tackling antibiotic resistance. For more about antimicrobial resistance, and some ideas for fundraising for ANTRUK, check out these pdf’s:

For those unable to attend, a video recording of the event will be uploaded hered