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RCSI lecture to spotlight antibiotic resistance

The event, free of charge to the public, will be held from 7pm to 9pm at RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green.

This double-lecture entitled ‘Have the superbugs won or can we still preserve antibiotics for the next generation?’ will be delivered by Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick and Dr Nuala O’Connor.

Dr Fitzpatrick, a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology at RCSI and Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, was the National Clinical Lead for Healthcare-associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention from 2010 to 2014.

Cork-based GP Dr O’Connor is the ICGP Lead for Healthcare-associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention.

Overuse of antibiotics has led to the rise in antibiotic resistance bacteria both nationally and internationally. Superbugs including MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and ESBL (Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase) are widely recognised as among the greatest potential threats to human health.

Dr Fitzpatrick and Dr O’Connor will outline how antibiotics have transformed modern medicine and how there may be a return to the pre-antibiotic era if the superbugs win.

The RCSI MiniMed Open Lecture Series is free of charge. However, registration is essential in order to guarantee a place.

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