Cormac Ó Gráda Public Lecture: ‘Cast Back into the Dark Ages of Medicine? The Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance’Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Location: Room IMC.002, University of Warwick
Date: 28 April 2015, 18.00-19.15
“Professor Ó Gráda will talk on ‘Cast Back into the Dark Ages of Medicine? The Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance’.
- With the virtual eradication of most infectious diseases, life expectancy in the UK and other high-income countries has doubled in the last century or so.
- The gains in poor countries have been smaller, but still significant.
- The welfare gains associated with the control of infection have been huge.
- Most of the increase in life expectancy preceded the antibiotics revolution.
- Public health measures have been essential to the story of controlling infectious diseases.
- The challenge of AMR needs to be set in historical context: though real, it does not have to mean a return to ‘the dark ages of medicine’.
- Meeting the challenge requires a focus on both supply of antimicrobials (the ‘pipeline’) and the demand for them (consumption).
- There is considerable scope for reducing consumption and thereby resistance.
- Public health measures and health education can usefully reinforce measures to restrain consumption.
- The pipeline is not as dry as usually claimed.”