Living in a world without antibiotics
Tuesday, April 4, 18:30 – 20:00
Branko Jovcic, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Brankica Filipic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Zorica Vasiljevic, MD, PhD, Head of the Laboratory for Clinical Microbiology, Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia “Dr. Vukan Cupic”, Serbia
Antibiotics have transformed medicine and saved millions of lives, but their remarkable healing power has invited widespread and often inappropriate use. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to the rapid dissemination of antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria worldwide. As an increasing number of bacteria develop resistance to certain antibiotics, we must begin to consider the implications of antibiotic resistance on our society and the ways in which science and industry can work together to prevent a post-antibiotic era. Additionally, the antibiotic resistance crisis imposes the need for coordinated efforts to implement new policies and renew research efforts in this field. The panel discussion will take into consideration causes of the antibiotic resistance crisis, influencing factors and management strategies that will be discussed by experts from the fields of medicine, pharmacy and molecular biology.