We must be smarter about how we use antibiotics, says Imperial researcher

  16 January 2020

Alison Holmes, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is leading a newly created centre to tackle drug-resistant infections. She was speaking at the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) seminar earlier this month at Hammersmith Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Overuse of antibiotics or using them for the wrong reason is fuelling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), leading to an increase in drug-resistant infections. AMR occurs when the microorganisms that cause infections such as bacteria and fungi develop resistance to treatments like antibiotics.

Further reading: Imperial College London
Author(s): Maxine Myers
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