Leading experts from the University of East Anglia (UEA) shared their pioneering research around Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) at the Science Museum in London yesterday (Wednesday 25 April).
The event, one of the Museum’s monthly after-hours Lates series regularly attended by over 4000 visitors, was themed “Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives”, the Science Museum’s free exhibition which UEA sponsors alongside Pfizer, Shionogi and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
“Superbugs”, which is on display in the Tomorrow’s World gallery until Spring 2019, highlights the urgent need to tackle AMR which, without action, will lead to advanced medical treatments such as chemotherapy and major surgery all but disappearing as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.
Prof Laura Bowater, Associate Dean for Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, said: “Taking part in the Lates event was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the cutting-edge research we are undertaking at UEA to detect, cure, and avoid anti-microbial resistant infections.”
UEA hosted a range of interactive talks and activities, including an opportunity for visitors to “defeat” superbugs with soap in an AMR coconut shy.
UEA scientists gave short talks on their research to open up conversations around better detection of infections, the search for new antibiotics and the avoidance of infection altogether as possible solutions to the AMR crisis.
Meanwhile, live event artist, Rebecca Osborne, illustrated the conversations as they unfolded, and visitors were invited to offer their opinions on how limited resources and budget would be best spent – “Detect, Cure, or Avoid?”.
Researchers from the John Innes Centre, who join UEA as being part of the Norwich Research Park, exhibited their Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council-funded Antibiotic Hunters research within the UKRI zone.
Also at the event, UEA PhD student Hans Pfalzgraf competed in the Famelab UK final after winning the regional heat which was held in Cambridge. In this competition, participants must engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three-minute presentations. Hans won the UK runner-up prize for his talk “Better Antibody – Drug Conjugates Against Cancer”.
Attending from UEA were Prof Laura Bowater, Prof David Livermore, Dr Gemma Kay and Dr Karen Smith. If you have any questions about AMR research at the university please contact Karen at Karen.L.Smith@uea.ac.uk