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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

The Crisis in Antibiotics


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 University.

This breakfast is sponsored by:
CIHR, Institute of Infection and Immunity (III)
Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research
McMaster University
Genome Canada

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 Block
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 20, 2015.
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday April 20, 2015