AIMMS Post-graduate Course: New paradigms targeting resistance against antimicrobials

11/29/2016 | 12/02/2016

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W&N Building and O|2 Building, VU University; see programme for room details

AIMMS Post-graduate Course: New paradigms targeting resistance against antimicrobials

Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems


Cursus / training

The introduction of antimicrobial drugs in the mid-to-late 20th century has saved the lives and eased the suffering of many millions of people globally. In recent years microbial resistance to these antimicrobial drugs has emerged and now means that once treatable infections are fast becoming refractory to multiple types of antimicrobial drugs. The development of antimicrobial resistance is no longer the theoretical threat it once was – in the EU alone, multidrug-resistant bacteria appear to be responsible for more than 25,000 deaths per year with associated healthcare costs running into many billions of Euros. This issue is now so serious that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) now consider antimicrobial resistance to be a major health threat in Europe in the 21st century.

Antimicrobial research and resistance is of great interest to multiple sciences: the chemistry of drug-macromolecule interactions, the biology of the adapting and evolving target organism and the medicine of parasite-human interactions. In all these aspects, quantitative features and complexity matter, inviting contributions from mathematical modelling and precise experimentation. The integration of these disciplines is a considerable challenge participants of the AIMMS post-graduate course New paradigms targeting resistance against antimicrobials get acquainted with.

The first two-days of the course (29 & 30 November 2016) include:
-    Two hands-on tutorials to design anti-resistance strategies at both molecular target and network levels
-    Writing session

The final two-days on 1-2 December 2016 include:
-    An introduction to the societal impacts of antimicrobial resistance
-    Lectures about molecular and network approaches aimed at reducing the occurrence of resistance
-    Current 4 STAR PhD students Research presentations
-    Pizza dinner with scientific discussions
-    Suggestions for new collaborations

The course is open to staff researchers, post-docs, PhD students and excellent Master’s students working at universities, research institutes and in industry, who are interested in obtaining a broad view in possible new approaches to antimicrobial research and resistance.

Download the course information sheet containing the course outline, organization, end terms, etc.

Full programme
The course programme can be found here.

Register via this online form before 10 November 2016.

Costs Participation
Free of charge                        all AIMMS members and invited STAR PLUS candidates
€100 per two days                  researchers at dutch Universities or Research institutes
€250 per two days                  Industrial professionals

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V.U. Fac. Exacte Wetenschappen, De Boelelaan 1083a, 1081 HV AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands