Summer course UIK: Resistance to antibiotics

2020/07/01 11:20:00 GMT+2

Itziar Alkorta Calvo, researcher at Euskampus Pole of Knowledge for a Sustainable and Healthy Land and director of the JRL Joint Research Laboratory Environmental Antibiotics Resistance, directs the summer course Antibiotic resistance: A One Health vision: healthy people and animals and a safer environment, to be held on July 17-18 at Bizkaia Aretoa.

The increase in infections by multi-resistant bacteria is one of the greatest threats to Public Health today. However, although the most dramatic consequences of the spread of antibiotic resistance are observed in the clinical setting, the problem has its origin in the environment, understood as agricultural, livestock and urban environments. This situation poses the challenge of integrating the different scenarios (i.e., clinical, agro-livestock and urban) in the search for solutions. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) advocates the One Health approach as the only viable solution to address the problem of the emergence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

In this line, the Summer Course aims to study the role of the environment in this problem and, specifically, the adverse impact on human health and ecosystems derived from the presence in the environment of (i) antibiotics, (ii) antibiotic-resistant bacteria, (iii) antibiotic-resistance genes and (iv) mobile genetic elements involved in horizontal gene transfer. To this end, the latest techniques for studying the presence of these contaminants and also the effect of these contaminants in different clinical, agricultural and urban environments will be presented.

More information and registration form here.

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