Location: Julian Study Centre, UEA
Antibiotics in nature and medicine -Inaugural lecture by Prof Matt Hutchings (School of Biological Sciences, UEA)
Antibiotics have been in use for around 100 years and are essential to modern medicine. Most are derived from natural products made by bacteria and fungi. Tragically we have misused them in medicine and agriculture, and drug resistance is widespread. In this lecture, Prof Hutchings will talk about the work we are doing to understand why bacteria make antibiotics, how they have been used by insects and plants for tens of millions of years without any problems of drug resistance, and why symbiotic bacteria could offer new prospects for drug discovery.
Inaugural lectures recognise and celebrate the promotion of UEA academics to the position of professor, whilst giving audiences the chance to hear about their research and its impact on society. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy these open public lectures and there is a chance to meet the speaker at a free drinks reception after the talk.