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Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

When: Monthly. From 2018, the dates will vary each month due to space restriction.

Where: The MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN or Zochonis Cafe, Brunswick Street, M13 9GB.

Date 23 January 2018
Title Cafe Scientifique - How expectations about the world structure our perception
Speaker Dr David Allison

Tuesday 23 January 2017 at 19:30pm, MadLab, Manchester, M4 1HN

Society faces the real prospect of a future without antibiotics, as 70% of the world’s bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics. Indeed, it is estimated that by the year 2050 over 50million people will die due to untreatable, common infections, far more than are killed by cancer. Many factors have led to this problem. However, raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance and providing education on how to use antibiotics responsibly are two approaches we can all take to help safeguard antibiotics for the future...

The speaker

‌‌‌‌‌Dr David Allison is a Reader in Pharmacy Education in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, University of Manchester. His first degree was in microbiology at Edinburgh University (1977-1981), as were his graduate studies (1981-1984) in microbial physiology. On leaving Edinburgh in 1984 he joined Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals for a three year postdoctotral period, followed by a further period of postdoctoral research (1987-1989), at Aston University, Birmingham. Since his appointment at Manchester in 1990 he has focused his research interests on the physiology and antimicrobial resistance properties of bacterial biofilms and the infectivity and virulence properties of opportunistic lung pathogens. He has successfully supervised a number of postgraduate students over the years, has over 100 publications in these areas and has acted as an editor to the on line journal 'Biofilm' and to J. Basic Microbiol. In addition, he has frequently acted as consultant to the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industries and has acted on behalf of the European Commission for the auditing of sterile medical device manufacture. He has also published in this area.

Organisers: Bo YaoDeborah Talmi, Ayse Latif

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