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The Challenge of Anti-Microbial Resistance

25. februar 2021


Scientific, Economic, and Clinical Perspectives on Antimicrobial Resistance

Clinical Aspects by Niels Frimodt-Møller:
The prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasing world-wide and faster in some areas than others. The main concern is the failure to treat serious infections with antibiotics, the more resistance the fewer available drugs. The consequence is increasing mortality, infectious complications, duration of hospital stay and associated costs to society. Multi-resistant organism demand isolation of affected patients in hospitals, which has serious psychological and physical consequences for each patient. AMR drives the use of still more broad-spectrum antibiotics, which again drives selection of more resistance, a vicious circle which we need to acknowledge in  our efforts to curb the menace.

Mining soils for drugs – Microbes as source for novel antibiotics:
The discovery and development of novel antibiotics is an important pillar to fight Antimicrobial Resistance. Famous – and widely used – antibiotics, such as tetracycline, erythromycin or vancomycin, are all originating from soil bacteria and are produced in large scale by fermentation. In this lecture, Tilmann will give examples of Omics- and CRISPR-based approaches to identify, study and produce new bacterial bioactive compounds with potential to be future antibiotic drugs and how these approaches can also help us to understand the origin of several genes leading to antimicrobial resistance in clinical pathogens.


16:00 Welcome

16:05 Aleks Engel, Partner, Novo Holdings (Seed Investments) and Director, REPAIR Impact Fund at Novo Holdings

16:20 Tilmann Weber, Professor, Associate Scientific Director, and Head of “Natural Product Genome Mining” group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability: Mining soils for drugs – Microbes as source for novel antibiotics

16:45 Niels Frimodt-Møller, Professor of Clinical Microbiology, Rigshospitalet: Clinical Aspects of AMR

17:10 Q&As – Virtual participants can ask questions through the chat

17:30 Thank you for today

*Note that the program is preliminary and might be subject to changes.


What is Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures?

The Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures is a series of open lectures for everyone with an interest in health and bioscience. Every 4 weeks, on Thursday evenings, we invite you to join us for lectures on various themes, often with a cross-disciplinary focus, bringing together researchers, public and stakeholders. The lectures can be attended online as well as physically to the extent the current situation allows for .

Is the event only online?

Yes. Following the recent development, we have decided that this month’s lecture is only available online.

Will it be possible to ask questions?

Yes, questions are very welcome. More info on how will follow.

Is it safe to participate physically?

You cannot participate physically this month. Normally, we have taken the necessary precautions to make sure that the event lives up to the health authorities recommendations. We limit the capacity to only a third of our actual capacity, we will provide face masks and hand sanitizers to those present, and we serve food and snacks in portions on single trays. We also stress that everyone displaying any kind of symptoms are not allowed to participate physically. Still, if you do not feel comfortable being gathered with up to 50 people, we recommend that you participate online.

I would like to know about upcoming Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures – where can I find information?

You are very welcome to join the ‘Copenhagen Bioscience Cluster’s Linkedin and/or Facebook group. There you will find information about upcoming lectures, and much more. Also, you may want to sign up for the weekly announcement with events and deadlines, sent out by the group manager.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Johan Jansen at [email protected]

How do I cancel my participation?

Please help us respecting our speakers, as well as keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Conference Manager or send an email to Johan Jansen at [email protected]

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, just log in to Conference Manager. Please use this option also in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your registration.

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