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Did you know we are just as much bacteria as we are human? Microbes aren’t all bad, and they can teach us a lesson or two about how to be healthy. But can we still keep the dangerous ones at bay? Find out more about the micropopulation living inside our bodies and how we are arming ourselves to combat the burgeoning problem of antimicrobial resistance. Please note: this event has step free access.
The microbial apocalypse dawns!
Dr David Moyes (Lecturer in Host-Microbiome Interactions)
Probably the single-most important medical advance is the development of antimicrobial drugs, relegating many infectious diseases to an inconvenient doctors visit. Importantly, these drugs allow us to carry out other modern medical procedures that are otherwise too risky. However, over- and mis-use of these drugs is leading to the nightmare scenario: growing numbers of microbes have developed resistance to these drugs, rendering them useless. The search for how resistances spread and develop is critical in the fight to maintain and expand modern medicine.
Miracle bugs; human microbiome
Dr Saeed Shoaie (Lecturer in Host-Microbiome Systems Biology)
The human microbiome is a complex and diverse microbial community associated with human health and diseases. The microbiome is linked with illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and colon cancer and the diversity of the microbiota is influenced by diet, environment and age. We aim to use this information to determine the underlying mechanisms in health and disease by identifying key interactions in the human microbiome. These outcomes can help to explore novel therapeutics, bacterial cocktails and personalized diet modification for better treatment of associated diseases.