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Public Health Dynamics Seminars

November 12, 2018 - Understanding the factors that influence the distribution of antibiotic resistance in human populations

Derek MacFadden, MD

Doctoral Candidate, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
Research Fellow, HealthMap and Boston Children's Hospital
Phillipson Scholar, Eliott Phillipson Clinician Scientist Training Program, University of Toronto

Monday, November 12, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 PM
1149 Public Health

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Abstract:

Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health threat. Antibiotic use is known to be a major driver of the distribution of antibiotic resistance. However, the role of other factors has been largely ignored. We will review the evidence behind other potential contributing factors, with a focus on the role of climate, using examples from the United States, Europe, and globally. Potential mechanisms underlying important predictors will be discussed, and the implications on future burden of antibiotic resistance will be explored.

About the speaker:

Derek MacFadden, MDDr. MacFadden trained in Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto, and is currently completing his doctoral degree at the Harvard School of Public Health at the Centre for Communicable Disease Dynamics. He is a research fellow at HealthMap and Boston Children's Hospital. His research interests include antibiotic resistance in common bacterial pathogens, with specific focus on: (1) individual clinical prediction tools for antibiotic decision making; (2) modelling and evaluating stewardship interventions; and (3) population level patterns of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use, including evaluating factors that influence the distribution of antibiotic resistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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