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Global Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention

Antimicrobial resistance at the University of Southampton – conference and official launch of NAMRIP with keynote speakers Dame Sally Davies and Professor Guy Poppy Event

09:00 - 18:00
14 December 2015
The event was held in Building 32 Room 1015 (EEE Lecture Theatre) University of Southampton| Highfield SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Frances Clarke on 023 8059 8975 or email .

Event details

Research tackling the challenge posed by the increase in antimicrobial resistance - a chance to find out more about how this threat will impact on our day to day existence.

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Chatting with NAMRIP exhibitors

The event was filmed so if you were not able to attend on the day, follow the link to the presentations below to hear the speakers. Alternatively, some of the presentations are available below to browse as pdf files.


Session 1.

  • 09.00 – Registration, tea/Coffee
  • 09.30 – Welcome and an introduction to NAMRIP [Professor Timothy Leighton, FREng | FRS]
  • 09.45 – Keynote: Professor Guy Poppy: 'You are what you eat – what is the role of the food supply system in AMR in Humans?'
  • 10.15 - Panel: AMR, policy and the funding context: short presentations from Dr Helen Lambert (University of Bristol and ESRC AMR Champion), Ruth Kelly (MRC), Dr Katherine Grace (DEFRA), Dr Victoria Marlow (EPSRC). Q&A chaired by Professor Guy Poppy
  • 10.45 - Dr A. M. Viens: ''The ethics of antimicrobial stewardship’
  • 10.55 - Professor Lucy Yardley 'Changing behaviour to combat rising antimicrobial resistance'
  • 11.05 - Tea/Coffee and refreshments with an opportunity to browse the poster display, try the hands-on exhibits and network with colleagues

Session 2.

  • 11.30 – Dr Michael Moore: 'The antibiotic crisis: Is there a role for traditional herbal remedies? The ATAFUTI project: trialling the antimicrobial potential of bearberries’
  • 11.40 - Professor Bill Keevil 'Preventing antibiotic resistant interspecies gene transfer on touch surfaces'
  • 11.50 - Panel: ‘Our interdisciplinary ways of tackling AMR research in our faculties’. Panel members: Physical Sciences and Engineering , Professor Robert Eason; Health Sciences , Professor Mandy Fader; Medicine , Professor Robert Read; Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, Dr Emma Roe; Business, Law & Art , Dr A.M. Viens: will describe their approaches and what the challenges are. Q&A chaired by Tim Leighton

12.50 – Lunch and more chances to network and look at posters and demonstrations in the exhibition

Dame Sally at the interactive NAMRIP exhibits

Session 3

  • 14.00 – Dr Sandra Wilks 'Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI): understanding the role of biofilms’
  • 14.10 - Dr Jacqui Prieto 'Preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in hospitals by avoiding unnecessary use of catheters’
  • 14.20 - Professor Mandy Fader 'Preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in the community’
  • •14.30 - Mr Bhaskar Somani 'The association of Kidney stones and Urinary tract infections: Changing perceptions'
  • 14.40 – Professor Robert Eason: ‘Identifying which antimicrobial to prescribe: a low cost, paper based 3D printed diagnostic tool’
  • 14.50 - Comfort break
  • 15.00 – Tea/Coffee and refreshments : another opportunity to enjoy the exhibition and network with other researchers

Session 4

  • 15.30 – Professor Jeremy Frey ‘Cognitive computing – how the mind of the computer can help us tackle AMR’

Projects from NAMRIP Pump Priming - First Round

  • 15.40 - Dr Claire Jackson: 'Can simple sugars combat bacterial infection? Chemists and biologists join force’
  • 15.50 - Dr Simon Dennington 'Challenges in developing inherently antimicrobial polymers'
  • 16:00 - Dr Ray Allan: 'Bacterial Counselling: how understanding your bacterial partner can lead to a happy relationship'
  • 16.10 - Professor Tim Leighton 'New technologies for ultrasonic cleaning'
  • 16.20 - Professor Saul Faust ‘How NIHR infrastructure can help researchers tackle antimicrobial resistance’
  • 16.30 - Dr Paul Elkington 'Developing novel approaches to control multi-drug resistant tuberculosis through interdisciplinary research'
  • 16.40 - Professor Jeremy Webb 'Breaking antibiotic resistance in bacterial biofilms'
  • 16.50 - Professor Robert Read 'Bacterial Therapy for future non-antibiotic treatment and prevention of infectious disease’
  • 17.00 – Keynote : Professor Dame Sally Davies 'Anti-Microbial Resistance: A Global Problem’
  • 17.40 – Q & A
  • 18.00 – Finish

There are also news reports from the event on our news page.

Speaker information

Professor Dame Sally Davies,Chief Medical Officer, UK Department of Health ,As chief medical officer Dame Sally acts as the UK government’s principal medical adviser and the professional head of all directors of public health in local government. Sally also chairs the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, and is a member of: •the board of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research and the Medical Research Council •the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Advisory Committee on Health Research •the International Advisory Committee for A*STAR, Singapore •the Caribbean Health Research Council In addition, Sally advises many organisations on research strategy and evaluation - including the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

Guy Poppy,Professor of Ecology, University of Southampton and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency ,As FSA Chief Scientific Adviser Guy is responsible for: •the integrity of the processes used to source scientific evidence and ensure expert scientific advice is available to the agency •representing the agency in the community of departmental Chief Scientific Advisers and the wider scientific community •championing science within the agency through developing its scientists’ expertise In addition he has overall responsibility for all of the analytical disciplines from which the agency draws advice: natural and physical sciences, social science, economics, operational research and statistics.

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