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Infections due to antimicrobial-resistant microbes could kill 10 million people globally per year by 2050

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Friday, 19 May 2017

The Royal Society Te Apãrangi has published a summary of evidence on 'Antimicrobial resistance - Implications for New Zealanders', along with a short video summarising the key points.

QMB/Webster Centre Infectious Diseases Symposium, Queenstown, New Zealand


Monday, 15 May 2017

The biennial Queenstown Molecular Biology/Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Symposium will be held 7 – 8 September, Queenstown, New Zealand.  Read more for speakers covering sessions on microbial pathogen genomes, infection and immunity, tuberculosis, drug discovery and novel therapeutics and vaccines, GAS and viral pathogenesis.

Developing a faster way to detect antibiotic resistance


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Webster Centre members, Professor Sarah Hook and Dr James Ussher, along with Dr Andrea Vernall are part of a team who recently received Health Research Council funding to develop a faster way to detect antibiotic resistance. 

Antibiotic Emergency

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Professor Kurt Krause features in the Listener magazine article "Antibiotic Emergency" by Sally Blundell and the NZ Medical Journal recommends establishing a national response plan to address a "clear and present danger" to antimicrobial resistance.

World leaders to meet at UN to discuss the global crisis and anti-microbial resistance

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, appeared on Radio New Zealand to discuss the global crisis in anti–microbial resistance.  During the interview he pointed out the need for us to carefully use our currently available antibiotics as well as support research into developing new anti-microbial therapies.

Fighting Zika and other viruses

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Professor Robert Webster, a world renowned virologist and pioneer researcher in influenza, was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan, Radio New Zealand on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 on fighting Zika and other viruses.

Professor Robert Webster Visiting NZ

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Webster Centre, which is completing its 10th year working in support of infectious diseases research in New Zealand, proudly announces that we sponsored a lecture tour in four locations - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, by our namesake, Professor Robert Webster.  Professor Webster is a pioneering researcher in influenza and an early proponent of the modern concept of "One Health".

US ban on antibacterial products finds support

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, appears in the Otago Daily Times newspaper on Wednesday, 7 September 2016 in an article entitled "US ban on antibacterial products finds support".

Scientist hopes to stop deadly TB

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Steering Committee member, Professor Greg Cook, appears in the NZ Herald on 13 July 2016 commenting on research that finds medicine could be repurposed against drug resistant strain with promise for Third World.

Cafe Sci: From Zika to Measles, Take Another Look at ... Infectious Diseases


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Prof Kurt Krause (Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases), along with other Webster members, Prof Greg Cook and Dr James Ussher (Department of Microbiology & Immunology), Prof Philip Hill and Prof John Crump (Co-Directors of Centre for International Health), and Dr Brendan Arnold (Southern District Health Board) looked at some of the current issues facing us from a local, national, and international perspective, whether it was the current concern over measles or the potential impact of Zika or some of the burning questions on infectious diseases.

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