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Media coverage of our global health gives the impression we are living gluttonous lifestyles, putting ourselves at risk of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Is the media justified? What if we get a bacterial infection, is it true it may not be able to be treated with the current antibiotics? Where are the positive stories such as Dundee may be the first place in the world to eliminate Hepatitis C?! Join us for a for a pint with three brilliant Dundee based researchers who will discuss these questions.
Killing a killer disease
Professor John Dillon (Consultant Hepatologist NHS Tayside, Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, University of Dundee)
Hepatitis C is a virus infecting 1% of the Scottish population and kills by causing cirrhosis and liver cancer, it was discovered in 1989 and by the end of of 2019 Dundee may be one of the first places in the world to have eliminated it.
Are we really on the brink of an antibiotic apocalypse?
Dr Charis Marwick (Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee)
Antibiotic resistant superbugs are often reported in the media with the threat of simple infections becoming untreatable in the near future. But how real is this threat and what can we do to reduce the risks? Should you be concerned about taking antibiotics? This talk will discuss what’s behind the media headlines and introduce global and local approaches to tackling antibiotic resistance, including research conducted at the University of Dundee.
The metabolic price of gluttony
Professor Hari Hundal (Professor of Molecular Physiology, University of Dundee)
Whilst genetics and age are important risk factors for obesity and diabetes it is clear that sedentary living and consumption of high calorie/high fat diets have contributed to the rise of these major public health issues. Sustained elevation in the circulating levels of certain fatty acids and sugars has been linked to metabolic dysfunction, which impairs tissue responses to insulin and leads to poor control of blood sugar. This talk will explore how key metabolic processes are dysregulated in response to nutrient oversupply and its implications for development of metabolic disease.