Antibiotic treatment is one of the main approaches of modern medicine which is used to combat infections. The “golden era” of antibiotics ranged from the 1930s to 1960s which gave rise to many antibiotics. Unfortunately, this era ended because researchers were unable to maintain the pace of antibiotic discovery in the face of emerging resistant pathogens. Persistent failure to develop or discover new antibiotics and non-judicious use of antibiotics are the predisposing factors associated with the emergence of antibiotic resistance (ABR). Hence, there is need to work in this direction to save ourselves and future generation. In this regard, an event was organised by the team PREVENT IT, aiming to disseminate extensive information on the Antibiotic Resistance and research and development in antibiotic resistance at the individual, institutional, and community levels.
The theme of International workshop was “Insights into antibiotic resistance and Emerging Trends in Biomedical Sciences”. The event took place on 18th December 2021 (Saturday) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Zoom platform and live streamed on YouTube to reach maximum people. We had five esteemed speakers as a part of this event from various fields of antibiotic resistances studies who shared their valuable knowledge with us.
Ms. Riya Joshi, (Associate researcher of the PREVENT IT project) started the workshop by giving brief over of the PREVENT IT project, prevalence of antibiotic resistance globally, need of antibiotic discovery and the objectives of the workshop. The first expert speaker for the session was Dr. Himanshu Pradhan (Associate Professor, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneshwar, India). He briefly explained about the ABR, its causes, spread and an overview on One Health.
The second speaker for the event was Dr. Kiranjeet Kaur (Lead coordinator, PREVENT IT project, Chitkara University, Punjab). She shared her knowledge and experience on the Role of research and development in combating AMR. She further continued on the topic of one health and also gave the information about the funding areas and motivated the youth to contribute towards the research in discovery of novel antibiotics. The session was further continued by Dr. Alessandra Polissi (Professor, Dept. of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences University of Milano, Italy. Her session was very informative as she showed the ongoing research in her laboratory on the discovery of antibiotics which was very insightful. She explained about the development of novel antimicrobial drugs by targeting outer membrane biogenesis.
The next speaker was Dr. Sunil Saroj(Associate Professor, Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences, Pune, India) who elaborated on Targeting interspecies signalling for novel antimicrobials procedure. Along with it, he also showed us the results of ongoing laboratory work related to antibiotic resistance. The last speaker for the session was Mr. Sujit Ghosh (Assistant Director, Voluntary Health Association of Tripura, India) where he shared the NGO’s contribution towards preventing and controlling Antibiotic resistance. To conclude the session, Ms. Riya Joshi presented the vote of thanks to the esteemed speakers.
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