Thursday, November 17, 2011

On European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2011), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, together with the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists, and in association with the Health Protection Agency, has announced that it is planning a one-day symposium on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


'Antimicrobial resistance in human and veterinary medicine - one health, one problem?', will be held on Thursday, 15 March 2012 at the Royal College of Physicians in London.


"The aim of the symposium is to bring medical and veterinary scientists and leading practitioners together to discuss antimicrobial resistance, in the spirit of 'one medicine'," says RCVS Council member Professor Sandy Trees, one of the organisers of the event.


"Speakers will review the scientific evidence base to inform a rational debate, focusing on the sources of antimicrobial resistance in animals and humans, and the flow of resistance between them and the environment," he adds.


This symposium will consider the rapidly-growing importance of antimicrobial use and misuse globally, the impact of travel and the historical outcomes of previous restrictions. These are issues high on the agenda of both the veterinary and medical professions in the UK. On the veterinary front, the symposium will build on the work of other organisations, such as the British Veterinary Association and the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture alliance.


Further information and booking details will be available in the veterinary and medical media in due course.


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