Conference presentations now available
Antibiotics and Farming: Prescriptions for change
14th April, Institute of Child Health, University College London
“It is tempting to look for win-win solutions, but the changes required will inevitably lead to a differential distribution of costs and benefits across different groups. This is ultimately a complex and political challenge, and we need to get the right balance between science, evidence, normative principles and ethics.” Concluding remarks by Dr David McCoy, Director of Medact
On the 14th April 2016, Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics and Medact jointly hosted a conference, bringing together multi-disciplinary stakeholders; from policy-makers, health professionals, livestock farmers and veterinarians, to scientists, civil-society and environmental groups, to explore practical steps to reduce farm antibiotic use.
The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics unveiled their new report at the conference, showing that the effectiveness of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which are classified as critically important in human medicine, is being undermined by their continued use in poultry.
To recap what happened on the day you can download the agenda and speaker biographies. Copies of the speakers presentations can also be accessed below:
- Responsible use – the veterinary perspective, John Blackwell BVSc MRCVS, Senior Vice President at the British Veterinary Association
- Cutting farm antibiotic use can benefit public health, Cóilín Nunan, Principal Scientific Adviser for Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
- Colistin resistance – what we found and why it matters, Professor Tim Walsh, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Antibiotic Resistance at Cardiff University
- Antibiotic stewardship in the UK dairy sector, Mr David Tisdall BVSc (hons) CertCHP FHEA MRCVS, Clinical Teaching Fellow in Farm Animal Sciences at the University of Bristol
- Interventions that have taken place in the Netherlands to reduce farm antibiotic use, Hetty Van Beers Schreurs DVM, PhD, SDa Managing Director of the Veterinary Medicine Authority
- Prudent use of antibiotics in the animal sector – Lessons from Sweden, Dr Jenny Lundström, Guest Researcher at ReAct
- Protecting public health through effective policy, MP Kerry McCarthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Reducing farm antibiotics through better welfare, Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Adviser at Compassion in World Farming
- Progress in Europe in human antimicrobial resistance reduction strategies, Professor Barry Cookson BDS, MBBS, MSc, HonDipHIC, FRSPH, FRCP, FFPH, FRCPath Hon Professor University College London (UCL) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)