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Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research

Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research, symposium in Gothenburg, November 15-16, 2017

DEADLINE Oct 20th, 2017.

Venue: Main auditorium, Vasaparken, University of Gothenburg

Conference participation is free of charge, but requires pre-registration! The symposium especially targets academics, health professionals, administrators and policy makers with an interest in antibiotic resistance policy and related issues, but welcome all interested participants!

The World Health Organization identifies antibiotic resistance as a global challenge so serious that it threatens the fundamental achievement of modern medicine. Ethics and value conflicts are at the centre of this challenge: understanding its nature and stakes, identifying adequate social responses, understanding why policies and actions can be more or less accepted by stakeholders. Underlying issues regard conflict between individual interests and long term interests of society; as well as national as opposed to global societal interests in the short- and long term, how to manage the distribution of benefits and burdens coming out of efforts to mitigate further resistance development and managing consequences of established resistance, and responsibly balancing uncertainty in the face of major public health threats.

The Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe) at the University of Gothenburg started in 2016 as a cross disciplinary hub for research, education and public outreach across six faculties, including collaboration with societal and private actors. More information about CARe is found here: http://care.gu.se

Now CARe presents a 2 day symposium on the theme of Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research, November 15-16, 2017. This symposium will house up to 300 participants, and assemble internationally excellent keynote presenters in ethics, law, public health and related areas engaged on this topic – including leaders of recently started major research projects– from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA (see program below).




Live Streaming of Symposium: Here you can watch the symposium live.

November 15

8:30 Arrival & Coffee

9:00 Introduction - Joakim Larsson & Christian Munthe (CARe - University of Gothenburg)

9:30 Global political response to the antibiotic resistance challenge
Otto Cars (Uppsala University)

10:30 Antibiotics and Animal Agriculture: The Need for Global Collective Action
Jonathan Anomaly (University of Arizona)

11:30 Coffee & Snacks

12:00 What is care in the wake of antibiotics? Experiences of global health in low resource settings.
Clare Chandler (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Antibiotics, inequality, and early childhood development
Michael Millar (Barts Health NHS Trust)

15:00 What is responsible care for antibiotic resistance carriers?
Marcel Verweij (Wagenigen University)

16:00 Coffee & Snacks

16:30 Surveillance and control of asymptomatic carriers of drug resistant pathogens
Michael J. Selgelid (Monash University and WHO)

17:30 End of Day 1

November 16

9:00 Collective responsibility and its ethical implications related to drug resistance
Julian Savulescu (University of Oxford)

10:00 Ethical implications of a sustainability argument for drug resistance action
Angus Dawson (University of Sydney)

11:00 Coffee & Snacks

11:30 Should antibiotic resistance interventions be expedited?
Christian Munthe (CARe - University of Gothenburg)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 (How) can ethical discourse on drug resistance inform health policy?
Jasper Littmann (Robert Koch Institute)

14:30 What is required of effective legal mechanisms in the drug resistance area?
Steven J. Hoffman (York University of Toronto)

15:30 Coffee & Snacks

16:00 Risky business? Developing a risk-based ethical framework for rational antibiotics management
Alena Buyx (Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel)

17:00 Carlos Segovia Pérez (National Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid & Chair of the Management Board of The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance [JPIAMR]).

17:15 End of Symposium



If more information needed, or if you have any questions about the symposium please send an e-mail to ethicscare@gu.se or karl.licht@ri.se


Organizers: Joakim Larsson (director of CARe), Christian Munthe (PI for ethics in CARe), and the CARe steering committee.







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