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The University of Southampton
Global Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention

Antimicrobial Resistance: Current Approaches in Chemistry and Microbiology  Event

09:30 - 18:00
25 January 2017
Building 29, The Chemistry Building | Lecture Theatre 1101 | Highfield Campus University of Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Seung Lee at .

Event details

A one-day international symposium supported by UK-Korea partnering awards from MRC (UK) and KHIDI (South Korea)

mrsa resistance
How bacteria resist antibiotics

This one-day symposium aims to highlight current progress in the field of chemistry and microbiology towards tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), while at the same time, providing networking opportunities for colleagues from academia, industry and the Early Career Researcher community.

Multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), is a global problem. The bug has developed various mechanisms for making antibiotics ineffective such as altering the proteins that the antibiotic is targeting; altering the antibiotic itself, or pumping out the antibiotic via an efflux mechanism. We need to work out how these mechanisms operate and then design novel targets that are not affected by MRSA's  resistance mechanisms. This meeting will feature talks from academic and industrial researchers from the UK and Korea on the continuing challenges of unveiling antimicrobial resistant mechanisms and developing and delivering effective antibiotics for therapeutic intervention.

Opportunities for early career researchers to present their research

We are inviting short talks and poster submissions from early career researchers. If you would like to present your research, please send your abstract to by 10 January 2017. We will then contact successful applicants with full details.

The symposium is free, but please REGISTER BY EMAIL to  with the subject line 'MRC-KHIDI AMR Symposium', to help us gauge the catering by Monday 17 January. Please let us know your dietary requirements and if you need a parking space when you register.


09:00 – 09:30 registration & coffee

Session 1

09:30 Opening remarks by Dr Seung Lee

09:30 - 10:00 Prof. Timothy Leighton (University of Southampton, Chair of NAMRIP)

- Introduction to NAMRIP

- The use of ultrasonically activated streams for the cleaning of microbes relevant to Anti-Microbial Resistance

10:00 – 10:30 Prof. Petra Oyston (DSTL, UK): Approaches to treat infections in biodefence

10:30 – 11:00 Prof. Peter L. Roach (University of Southampton, UK): Understanding the Mechanism of Bacterial Polyphosphate Kinase 2

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break

Session 2

11:20 – 11:40 Prof. Syma Khalid (University of Southampton) Computational studies of bacterial membranes: how do antimicrobials interact with the gateway to the cell?

11:40 – 12:10 Prof. Myron Christodoulides (University of Southampton): Strategies for combatting antibiotic-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoea

12:10 – 13:10 Lunch

Session 3

13:10 – 13:30 Prof. Kyeong Kyu Kim (SungKyunKwan University, South Korea): Targeting virulence as an alternative approach for antibacterial therapy

13:30 – 13:50 Dr Pushpak Mizar

13:50 – 14:20 Dr. Mark Sutton (National Infections Service, Public Health England): Direct phenotypic screening for antibacterial activity from rationally-designed compound libraries

14:20 – 14:50 Prof. Keun-Seok Seo (Mississippi State University, USA): Current effort to develop alternative therapeutics including vaccine and CRISPR-Cas9

14:50 – 15:10 Dr. Claire Jackson (University of Southampton): Can simple sugars combat bacterial infection?

15:30 – 15:50 Coffee break

Session 4

15:50 – 16:20 Dr. Ivo Tews (University of Southampton, UK): Structural studies on Phosphodiesterases, targets for biofilm dispersal in chronic infection

16:20 – 16:50 Dr. Hee-Jeon Hong (Oxford Brookes University, UK): Glycopeptide Antibiotic Resistance in Actinomycete

16:50 – 17:20 Prof. Ali Tavassoli (University of Southampton, UK): A peptide inhibitor of anthrax toxin internalisation

17:20 – 17:40 Jae Won Lee (Director, KHIDI London Office)

17:40 Closing remarks & wine reception



Speaker information

For full list of speakers,see the programme details above

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