Medicine at the Crick

Medicine at the Crick | Escaping the antibiotic apocalypse

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  • Start time: 14:40 End time: - 18:00
  • Event Location: The Francis Crick Institute
  • Event Type: Symposia

Medicine at the Crick event series

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Our tenth Medicine at the Crick event will be hosted by Dr Eachan Johnson (The Francis Crick Institute).

We are at a critical point in history, the so-called Antibiotic Apocalypse, where medicine is reverting to the pre-antibiotic era due to the global dissemination of multi-drug resistant bacteria. Even the most simple surgical procedures might lead to untreatable infections and death. The legacy of Ehrlich, Fleming, Chain, Florey, Waksman, Elion, Hitchings and many others is becoming obsolete. It is no longer a question of averting this scenario, but finding ways to escape from it. In his now famous review of antimicrobial resistance, Jim O’Neill predicted that 10 million lives will be lost yearly to antimicrobial resistance by 2050, with a cumulative US$ 100 trillion economic risk. This Medicine at the Crick event will cover a number of aspects of the rise in antibiotic resistance and ways to fight it.

This will be a hybrid event with an in-person audience joined by others online. Register on Eventbrite and full joining details for all attendees will be sent in advance of the event.


Confirmed speakers

Jose Bengoechea

Prof Jose Bengoechea

Queen’s University Belfast

Jessica Blair

Dr Jessica Blair

University of Birmingham

Alison Holmes

Prof Alison Holmes

Imperial College London & University of Liverpool


Dr Mathew Stracy

University of Oxford

Julien Vaubourgeix

Dr Julien Vaubourgeix.

Imperial College London


Eachan Johnson

Dr Eachan Johnson

The Francis Crick Institute