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What if flu could kill you or visits to the dentist became life threatening? Tonight we’ll explore the increasing issue of antibiotic resistance. We will also explore why current drugs for treating cancer may stop working and how we can counter-act this. Can we manipulate tumours to destroy themselves? The event will be held in the ground floor room and there will be goodies to be won! Strictly over 18.
The bacteria fight back!
Dr Claire Bankier (Research Associate)
The story of how, within a few decades, we created the perfect storm resulting in widespread bacterial resistance to antibiotics globally. How did we get here and what can be done? Will infections that were all but eradicated become lethal again? Come and learn about how antibiotics work, how bacteria have evolved to be resistant to them and what you can do to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Why haven’t we cured cancer?
Dr Laura Dowsett (Research Associate)
Every year we as a nation donate and spend millions of pounds on research into new cancer treatments. However, for all that, we have yet to cure cancer. Why? We will focus on one aspect of cancer therapy – anti-angiogenics; drugs that block the growth of new tumour blood vessels therefore slowing down tumour growth. These are a key line of defence in cancer treatment but after a while these ground-breaking drugs stop working. We’ll discuss why that is and look at the new ways researchers are manipulating tumour blood vessels to help deliver chemotherapy drugs to where they are needed.