Tackling the Silent Pandemic: Novel Materials to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Wednesday, 15 May 2024, 17:00 - 18:15

Empa, Akademie, Dübendorf and online via Zoom

Infectious diseases become harder and harder to treat because microbes develop mechanisms to resist therapeutic interventions. Thus, antimicrobial resistance spreads as a "silent pandemic" and poses a huge challenge to global health, national health systems and individuals. For 2050, the UN predicts 10 million deaths per year related to antimicrobial resistance.

Find out what Empa researchers are developing in the laboratory to meet this challenge. How can the development of resistance be slowed down? What options do we have for using existing drugs more appropriately and more efficiently? And how can we prevent the transmission of dangerous germs from contaminated surfaces like door handles to human hands, for example? If we discover the weak spots of bacteria and use their living, natural competitors or enemies, can we win this battle?

Empa researchers are investigating these and other questions in a variety of projects. If you are interested in innovative developments and new concepts in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, then drop by: Join us on the frontline of this crucial battle against drug-resistant infections.

Are you interested in health innovations and current developments in medicine? Then this episode is for you.

Please note that this edition of wissen2go will be held in English.

 

Programm

17:00        Welcome and introduction
Qun Ren, Group Leader, Biointerfaces Laboratory
   
17:10 New Devices to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
  Giorgia Giovannini, Laboratory of Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles
   
  How to Stop the Surface-mediated Transfer of Pathogens
  Mihyun Lee, Biointerfaces Laboratory
   
  Nanomaterials meet Light: A Power Couple to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
  Giacomo Reina, Particles-Biology Interactions Laboratory
   
17:50 Q&A session
   
18:10 Closing remarks & farewell
   
18:15 Aperitif
   

 

Registration 

This event is free of charge, but registration is required for participation. We therefore ask you to register at by Friday, 10 May 2024.

 

How to get there

Please note that the number of paid parking spaces on site is limited. We therefore recommend traveling by public transport. Details can be found here.

Welcome and Introduction
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Welcome and Introduction
Qun Ren, Group Leader, Biointerfaces Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers
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New Devices to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

Giorgia Giovannini, Laboratory of Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles

New methods to detect bacteria will offer a rapid, sensitive, and selective diagnosis of bacterial infections, facilitating prompt administration of an appropriate therapy and helping limit the development of antimicrobial resistance.

 

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How to Stop the Surface-mediated Transfer of Pathogens

Mihyun Lee, Biointerfaces Laboratory

Surface transmission plays a crucial role in the spread of antimicrobial resistance. High-touch surfaces such as door handles could be coated with innovative antimicrobial and antiviral nanomaterials to stop the surface transfer of pathogens.

 

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Nanomaterials meet Light: A Power Couple to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Giacomo Reina, Particles-Biology Interactions Laboratory

With the use of near-infrared light, graphene-based coatings can kill germs like viruses and bacteria without inducing resistance and without harming human cells. The newly developed could thus be applied in many medical settings to fight infections.

 

Registration
Please click here to register. You will be forwarded to Ticketino. 

Contact
Nadine Rieder
058 765 47 18
nadine.rieder@empa.ch