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National Science Week Public Lecture

"Will the superbugs inherit the earth?"

The rising threat from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is approaching crisis level worldwide. In Australia, a recent senate inquiry has recommended the establishment of a national centre to manage the threat of these deadly superbugs. This seminar will discuss the superbug problem, how it has arisen and measures that need to be taken to control and overcome this potential public health disaster.

The talk will be followed by a short reception.

Date: Thursday, 15 August 2013 (FREE event)

Time: 5.00-6.30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre S1, Building 25, Monash University Clayton Campus

For more details, contact Desmond.Gul@monash.edu
  Will the superbugs inherit the earth?
Dena Lyras   Assoc Prof Dena Lyras is an ARC CoE Future Fellow located in the Department of Microbiology at Monash University. Her laboratory has developed methods of genetic analysis in Clostridium species, particularly the superbug Clostridium difficile, to study how these bacteria cause human and animal diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Her research is focused on disease pathogenesis, the host response to infection and antibiotic resistance in theses anaerobic pathogens.

Assoc Prof Dena Lyras is an associate of the Centre.
This free public lecture is hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics, in conjunction with National Science Week.
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National Science Week

6th International Veterinary Vaccines and Diagnostics Conference

The original and continuing purpose of the IVVDC is to bring together people from the Private Sector (Industry and Veterinary Practice) and the Public Sector (Government and Academia) to discuss issues pertaining to the science, development and use of all veterinary vaccines and diagnostics for multiple animal species. Delegate interests include veterinary immunology, microbiology, parasitology, vaccinology, diagnostics and commercialisation and licensing.

For its 6th running and for the first time ever, the IVVDC will be held in the southern hemisphere in the beautiful setting of Cairns in Australia’s tropical east coast near the Great Barrier Reef. The 6th IVVDC will be hosted by the Centre.

Dates: 29 July – 1 August 2012
Venue: Cairns Convention Centre
Website: www.ivvdc2012.org

Registration is now open!

Abstracts submission will open on 1 February 2012 and close 29 April 2012.

Conference Themes

• Control of emerging and re-emerging infections
• Companion animal vaccines and diagnostics
• Production animals vaccines and diagnostics
• Aquaculture vaccines and diagnostics
• Wildlife vaccines and diagnostics
• Novel adjuvant and vaccine delivery systems
• Licensing and registration

The Final Program will be available on May 31st.

Confirmed speakers now include:

• Prof Joe Brownlie – The Royal Veterinary College, UK
• Dr Kimberly Cole – Ohio State University, USA
• Prof David Jackson – University of Melbourne, Australia
• Prof Hiroshi Kida – Hokkaido University, Japan
• Dr Marc Mansour – Immunovaccine Inc, Canada
• Dr Deborah Middleton – CSIRO, Australia
• Dr Jules Minke – Merial, USA
• Prof Barbara Nowak – University of Tasmania, Australia
• Prof Ron Schultz – University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  IVVDC 2012
National Science Week Public Lecture

"The End of Antibiotics"

Safe and effective antibiotics are triumphs of science and market capitalism. These extraordinary drugs give modern doctors a degree of mastery over infections that would have made us appear god-like to our predecessors. However, antibiotics are derived from nature, and nature is taking them back. Guest speaker Dr Paul Johnson from Austin Health, will use specific examples to illustrate how fast microbial evolution is moving and ask whether the age of “peak-antibiotics” has already arrived.

The talk will be followed by a short panel discussion with selected scientists on the day.

Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2011 (FREE event)

Time: 6.30-7.30pm

Venue: BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square
  The end of antibiotics
Paul Johnson   Dr Paul Johnson is currently the Deputy Director of the Infectious Diseases Department at Austin Health as well as the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans, Western Pacific Region.  He received both his medical training and PhD in microbiology and bacterial pathogenesis from the University of Melbourne.   He now divides his time between clinical patient care and medical research.  Dr Johnson is recognised internationally for his work and expertise on Mycobacterium ulcerans infections, the causative agent for Buruli ulcer, as well as aspects of hospital infection control.
This free public lecture is hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics, in conjunction with National Science Week.
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