We are not alone, and they are coming after us! We live in a bacterial world, but all may not be what it seems. How do doctors and scientists diagnose and combat devastating illnesses caused by these microscopic organisms? This evening will take you around the world of disease, from what may be lurking in your drinks to how we look at the blueprint of an organism.
This event will be in English / กิจกรรมเป็นภาษาอังกฤษตลอดงาน
Matt Robinson (LOMWRU)
Sandy Sachaphimukh (MORU)
Survival of Leptospira and Burkholderia pseudomallei in common drinks
Dr Vanaporn Wuthiekanun (Department of Microbiology, MORU)
Fancy a soda? A human pathogen known as Leptospira spp. can survive only for a short period in common commercial drinks (such as soda, beer and energy drinks) while another, Burkholderia pseudomallei, can survive longer. Both pathogens survive in cold drinks longer at 4°C than at 37°C. What does this mean for your favourite drink?
Signatures of Selection
Professor Olivo Miotto (Centre for Genomics and Global Health, MORU)
We see evidence of genetic selection in everyday life: it has produced Chihuahuas and Dalmatians, lengthened the neck of giraffes, developed fast-growing chickens and beautiful orchids, amongst other things. Here, we dig into the mechanisms underlying selection, explore the evidence that humans themselves are subject to selection, and understand how we can use our knowledge about selection in the fight against disease.
Resistance to antibiotics: slowing down to win the race
Dr Thomas Althaus (Economic & Translational Research Group, MORU)
Resistance to antibiotics is meant to become the first cause of mortality in the next decades, before cancer or cardio-vascular diseases. Where does this global threat come from, who are the main actors, and what realistic options do he have left?