January 31, 2017
Hailed as one of the most important achievements in medicine, the discovery and subsequent introduction of antibiotics meant that people could be treated and cured of once-fatal bacterial infections. However, the overuse and abuse of antibiotics is a growing public health concern, both in the United States and across the globe. Over time, bacteria have evolved to develop resistance to drugs that normally would kill them or limit their growth. As a consequence, many antibiotics have become less effective and are enabling untreatable strains of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and other bacteria to survive and multiply. Ramanan Laxminarayan will discuss this problem and potential solutions during the 2016 John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Lecture titled, “The State of the World’s Antibiotics,” at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the Lipsett Amphitheater in Building 10.