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Art, Design & Antimicrobial Resistance

Event date: 
Tuesday, 1 September, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Sir Kenneth and Lady Noreen Murray Seminar Room
Event speaker: 
Jo Hodges, Anne Milne, Louise Valentine, Tracy Palmer, Kasia Kokowska

“Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat. If we don’t act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can’t be treated by antibiotics.”
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microbes like bacteria, viruses and parasites to evade treatment by antibiotics and other drugs. This is an increasing threat to global health as new resistance mechanisms emerge and spread across the world. Microbial life has long captured the interest of many artists. So what can artists contribute to the interdisciplinary approach required to both tackle antimicrobial resistance, and increase public awareness of this important issue? Join us on Tuesday 1st September 4pm to find out more.  

This event is open to everyone and is part of the Transmissions exhibition programme. Refreshments will be provided and visitors will have the opportunity to visit the ongoing exhibition.

Jo Hodges has a background in human ecology, community development and social justice. She has a diverse multidisciplinary practice, creating both permanent and temporary public works, site-specific interventions, time based pieces, exhibitions and performance. Her work is currently featured in the Transmissions exhibition.

Kasia Kokowska is manager of the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution (CIIE) and directs the programme of sci-art outreach on behalf of the Centre, including the initiation and management of the ASCUS micro-residencies at CIIE and resulting exhibition. She has an extensive experience in running voluntary cultural community outreach projects, in collaboration with Summerhall, Scottish Poetry Library and Polish Cultural Institute in London.

Anne Milne is a Scottish-based filmmaker and educator. Her work is documentary in nature and is shaped by a wide range of influences and experiences. Her films have screened and exhibited internationally and been awarded and nominated for prestigious  prizes. Her work is currently featured in the Transmissions exhibition.

Tracy Palmer is Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The major research focus of her group is the transport of proteins  across bacterial membranes. In collaboration with the Drug Discovery Unit her laboratory is working towards identifying small molecules that might be useful precursors to novel antimicrobial drugs.

Louise Valentine is Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, and is Vice President of the European Academy of Design. In collaboration with Dr John Biddlestone, she has recently been involved in AMR Innovation integrated into a prototypic medical bra to support post-operative health.