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Was it Benjamin Franklin who said: “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”? Well, here’s two more things which are certain: England always loses at penalties, and we need to stop using antibiotics so liberally before there is a global health apocalypse. Our experts at tonight’s event can’t help you with the death and taxes stuff, but they can shed some light why England find shoot-outs so difficult and what we can do about the antibiotics situation.
Antibiotic resistance: No drugs, bad bugs
Professor Christopher Dowson (School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick)
Antibiotics have been the greatest medical discovery of the 20th century, underpinning most of modern medical practice. But their overuse – and misuse – in human medicine and in agriculture, has led to a growing number of bacteria that are now resistant to these ‘wonder drugs’. Exacerbating this, most pharmaceutical companies are no longer interested in discovering new effective replacements. Chris will discuss with you how we have got to this point, and what might we have left for our children, old age and subsequent generations...
Why England always lose at penalties
Professor Michael Duncan (School of Life Sciences, Coventry University)
The England national football team have the worst penalty shoot-out record of any major football nation. Despite elite level footballers practising for many thousands of hours the question remains why, at major competitions, they fail to successfully perform a movement that they accomplish every day in training. Mike will explore why sports performers, including footballers, fail or choke when normally they should perform optimally.
Have a heart
Professor Helen Maddock (Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University)
Join Helen for an evening of cardiovascular conversation! Working as part of a research team at Coventry, she has developed a system which allows new drugs to be tested on real human heart tissue and cells in a laboratory. She’ll tell you all about the cardiovascular system, how it works, reactions to disease and drugs, and how exploiting this knowledge can improve health care.