Harry Smith Memorial Lecture: Antibiotic Resistance – Where are we now?

Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre Medical School
Medical and Dental Sciences
Tuesday 25th March 2014 (17:00-18:00)
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Antibiotic Resistance - Where are we now?

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer

In the last year, there has been a lot written in newspapers and broadcast on television about antibiotic resistance and in March the Chief Medical Officer said that this was 'as big a threat to human health as climate change'. 

In this lecture, Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England and the Department of Health’s Chief Scientific Advisor, will give an outline of the current national and international picture on AMR. This will include discussion of the impact and spread of resistance, as well as factors which are contributing to the development of resistance and increasing the already substantial risk to human health. The CMO will describe and explain the advocacy work she has been undertaking at home and abroad, and the recent progress that has been made on the issue, including the publication of the government’s antimicrobial strategy. She will also discuss the action which still needs to be taken by governments, organisations, and individuals to reduce the spread of resistance, and to ameliorate its impact on health and society.


Professor Dame Sally Davies was appointed Chief Medical Officer in 2010.

Previous career highlights include developing the National Institute for Health Research. Sally also chairs the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, and is a member of:

  • the board of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research and the Medical Research Council
  • the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Adviory Committee on Health Research
  • the International Advisory Committee for A*STAR, Singapore
  • the Caribbean Health Research Council

In addition, Sally advises many organisations on research strategy and evaluation - including the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

Host: Professor Laura JV Piddock. 

This lecture is open to all. Refreshments will be available from 4.30pm in the Wolfson Common Room.