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

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Monday, 4 September 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.

One Health Aotearoa Symposium

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

One Health Aotearoa will hold a symposium on 13 – 14 December 2017 at Wellington.  There are four invited speakers and a call for abstracts to follow soon.
 

16th International Conference on Pseudomonas

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Webster Centre Steering Committee member, Professor Iain Lamont, will be attending the 16th International Conference on Pseudomonas to be held 5 – 9 September 2017 at Liverpool, England.

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy - TB

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Monday, 31 July 2017

An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating one of the world’s greatest health scourges – tuberculosis (TB) – is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.

Otago Bacterial Energetics and Antimicrobial Resistance Group wins 2017 Research Group Award

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

This recognises an outstanding record of research, and consists of a grant to assist the group in hosting a one-day symposium to showcase their research, where the award will be formally presented. 

Congratulations to the group members: Professor Greg Cook, Dr Htin Aung, Dr Yoshio Nakatani, Dr Yosuke Shimaki, Kiel Hards, Scott Ferguson, Alan Hughes, Nicola Marechal, James Cheung and Nichaela Harbison-Price.

Drugs for bugs: beating AMR

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Professor Greg Cook and Dr Adam Heikal appear in DairyNews to discuss how our armoury of antimicrobials has been eroded and the vision of developing narrow spectrum agents that specifically target bad bacteria.

Ask a scientist

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Professor Andrew Mercer, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases answers an "Ask a Scientist" bacteria/virus question in the Otago Daily Times.

Germs are us

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Webster Centre members feature in a recent ODT article outlining the good news and bad news around our microbes and us. 

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.

Developing a faster way to detect antibiotic resistance

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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.

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