Gerry Wright, McMaster University
As near daily headlines warn us, the rise of drug resistant
microbes, or “superbugs”, – is impacting
public health. We need antibiotics not only to treat infections,
but to control them. Antibiotics are likewise the basis
of modern-day medical miracles, from organ transplants and
joint replacement, to chemotherapy or preterm infant care.
Paradoxically, as bacteria become ever more resistant, drug
development in antibiotics is stalled: the number of new
antibiotics approved for use dropped from 17 between 1980-1984
to 2 between 2005-2007. Discovery research across Canada
is helping to bridge this gap through new knowledge about
how resistance emerges, its origins and evolution as multidisciplinary
teams of scientists, clinicians and engineers work together
to solve the antibiotics crisis.
Dr. Gerry Wright is an expert in antibiotic resistance.
He is the Canada Research Chair in Canada Research Chair
in Antibiotic Biochemistry and Director of the Michael G.
DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster
This breakfast is sponsored by:
Institute of Infection and Immunity (III)
Michael G. DeGroote Institute
for Infectious Disease Research
Presentation will be in English.
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science
and Engineering (PAGSE) and Mr. Joe Comartin, Deputy Speaker
of the House of Commons.
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC)
--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast
is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators
and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance
by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after April
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag,
PAGSE 613-991-6369, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Deadline: Monday April 20, 2015