Colston Research Society Symposium 2019 and Annual Public Lecture

13 November 2019, 12.00 PM - 14 November 2019, 4.30 PM

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol and the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol (public lecture)

The Colston Research Society Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance

The Colston Research Society is a body comprising academic and external members who are committed to sponsoring and supporting an annual academic symposium on research topics with a high timeliness and current relevance. In 2019, the theme of the Symposium was antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  

Symposium - 'The Antibiotic Age: The End or a New Beginning?' 

The 2019 symposium was hosted and organised by Bristol AMR - the University of Bristol's interdisciplinary AMR research network.

There has been much attention paid to the rising threat of AMR and this has led to increased interest in research aimed at addressing this problem. This symposium brought together international experts from many facets of research and policy development to highlight advances that have been made and interventions that are being taken to reduce the burden of AMR, particularly in a global context.  

Speakers, sessions and panel discussions

A New Age of Antimicrobial Discovery (Chair - Dr Paul Race)

  • Prof Laura JV Piddock - Director of Scientific Affairs, Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), Geneva and Professor of Microbiology, University of Birmingham 
    ‘Addressing the drug-resistance crisis: GARDP - 5 by 25’.
  • Prof Barrie Wilkinson -Programme Leader, Molecules from Nature, John Innes Centre, Norwich 
    ‘Antibiotic discovery: where next for natural products?’
  • Dr Patricia Bradford - Founder, Antimicrobial Development Specialists LLC, New York
    ‘Science vs. finances:  The challenges of antibacterial development in 2019’  

A New Relationship with Antibiotics and Preserving their Use in Healthcare (Chair - Prof Joanna Coast)

  • Prof Alastair Hay - Centre for Academic Primary Care, Bristol Medical School
    ‘Dawn of a new relationship with antibiotics in primary care?’
  • Prof William Hope - Centre for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics, University of Liverpool
    Individualisation of antimicrobial therapy to prevent and treat AMR’
  • Prof Lucy Yardley - School of Psychological Sciences, University of Bristol
    'Changing behaviour to support better antimicrobial stewardship' 

Alternatives to Antibiotics (Part 1: Immunotherapies and Antimicrobial materials, Chair - Dr Michele Barbour)

  • Prof David Dockrell - Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh
    ‘Recalibrating phagocyte innate responses to combat AMR’
  • Dr Iolanda Francolini - Department of Chemistry, Sapienzia University of Rome
    ‘Antimicrobial biomaterials: chemical and physical approaches’

Alternatives to Antibiotics (Part 2: Vaccines and Phage Therapy, Chair - Dr Rajeka Lazarus) 

  • Dr Angela Huttner Division of Infectious Diseases, University Hospitals of Geneva
    ‘A vaccine for uropathogenic Escherichia coli: where we are now’
  • Dr Helen Spencer - Clinical Lead, Lung Transplant Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
    When the antibiotics stop working, what next?’

Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Global Farming and Livestock Production (Chair - Prof David Barrett) 

  • Prof Lance Price - Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
    ‘Sparks, Fuel and Fire: how antimicrobial use in livestock production and human medicine work synergistically to fuel the resistance crisis’
  • Dr Inge van Geijlswijk - Director of Pharmacy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University
    ‘Development of a veterinary antibiotic use monitoring and benchmarking methodology in the Netherlands and the upcoming EU veterinary monitoring system’
  • Dr Kristen Reyher - Lead, AMR Force, University of Bristol Veterinary School
    ‘Antibiotics Anonymous - Antimicrobial stewardship and voluntary reduction across the UK livestock sectors'

Diagnostic Innovation (Chair - Prof Matthew Avison)

  • Prof Derrick Crook - Lead, Modernising Molecular Microbiology, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
    'Prospects and progress of whole genome sequence diagnostics'
  • Dr Jesus Rodriguez-Manzano - Department of Infectious Disease, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London
    'New technological solutions for diagnosis of infectious diseases and AMR' 
  • Dr Massimo Antognozzi - School of Physics, University of Bristol and CSO, Vitamica Ltd
    ‘Rapid antimicrobial susceptibility test – an interdisciplinary approach’

The Realities of Achieving a New Beginning in a Global Context (Chair - Prof Helen Lambert)

  • Dr Jyoti Joshi - Head-South Asia, The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP), New Delhi
    ‘Contextualizing AMR to enable implementation of National Action Plans in developing countries’
  • Prof Stephen Hinchliffe - Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter
    ‘Global health and the value of economic and cultural difference in tackling AMR’
  • Prof Nicholas Feasey - Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme
    'Placing AMR in the context of competing public health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa, a perspective from Malawi' 

The final programme is also available here:‌ ‌'The Antibiotic Age: The End or a New Beginning?' Final programme (PDF, 236kB) ‌

Public Lecture  

Lord Jim O'Neill of Gatley, economist and former Chair of the UK government's Review on AMR gave the annual public lecture on: “Is there any progress in the fight against antimicrobial resistance?” 

This was held in the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building on the evening of Wednesday 13 November 2019.   

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