We are delighted to announce Professor Tim Walsh will give ANTRUK’s 2019 Annual Lecture

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Every year our charity puts on an Annual Lecture to coincide with our AGM. We are delighted to announce that this year’s lecturer will be Professor Tim Walsh, BSc, Post. Grad. Dip. Immun/Micro, PhD, DSc, FRCPath of the Institute of Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. The title of Tim’s talk is ‘Understanding One Health Approaches to AMR: Dream or Scream? Professor Walsh is one of the world’s leading experts on AMR. Tim is particularly interested in the molecular epidemiology of AMR and has published extensively.

Prof. Walsh has been studying AMR mechanisms for over 20 years, has published over 310 papers and publishes regularly in Nature and Lancet journals. He is director of BARNARDS, the lead Gates Foundation project on AMR, examining the burden of neonatal sepsis in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria (Abuja and Kano) and Ethiopia. This project thus far has enrolled 36,000 mothers and analysed 2600 sepsis cases.

Tim is also Principle Investigator of DETER-XDR-CHINA, a study examining the spread and burden of AMR in public health sectors and hospitals in 30 provinces in China. He holds an honorary chair at the Chinese Agricultural University and is an AMR advisor to the Chinese Government and was pivotal in the decision made by the Chinese government to ban the use of colistin on farms. He is also Principle Investigator of CUT-SEC, a ‘One-Health” project in China and Thailand.

He has also recently been awarded an MRC grant to establish an AMR surveillance system throughout Vietnam in collaboration with Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust Center in Hanoi. In addition to BARNARDS, he also has AMR studies in Karachi and Peshawar and has collaborative studies with Medecins Sans Frontiers in Jijawa (Nigeria), Niger (Clean Kids Study) and has facilitated the design and construction of the MSF Microbiology/AMR lab in Jordan/Syria. His lab provides molecular support for the Russian Federation Reference Laboratory in AMR surveillance that covers Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. He also has clinical studies examining the burden of AMR in the community and hospitals San Paolo (Brazil), Phitsanulok (Thailand) and Tanta (Egypt).

Professor Walsh has also been appointed as the lead microbiologist to the Fleming Fund expert advisory panel – a £265M AMR capacity building program and is country lead for scoping and implementation in Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  He is also advisor to the UN AMR committee, Chinese CDC and MSF.

In addition to Professor Walsh’s talk we intend to run alongside oral and poster presentations by the 2018 holders of our Small Research Grants. You can download the Programme HERE

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The Annual Lecture and minisymposium will take place on THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER 2019 from 1.00pm – 5.00pm at The Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT. For more information please contact info@antibioticresearch.org.uk

Admission to this event is free but we suggest a minimum £10 donation. Tickets can be obtained from Eventbrite