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Combating The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PMFree
Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater
The Living World, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)
Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.
Featured Speaker: Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science of St. Louis; and Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine
Disease-causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to all available antibiotics, causing approximately 23,000 deaths and costing the U.S., $35 billion each year. This scenario is predicted to worsen, with fewer and fewer new drugs coming to market. New DNA sequencing and computational technologies are enabling a deeper understanding of how antibiotic resistance evolves and spreads in diverse bacteria, providing critical insights into prevention and diagnosis of future infections.
Join 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Gautam Dantas for a compelling look at how these technologies reveal an intricate network of antibiotic resistance exchange between bacteria across habitats as diverse as the soil, the human body, and hospital environments.
Photo credit: Cover art by Erin Dewalt, based on artwork from Gautam Dantas.
Combating The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs is a Science Seminar Series partnership of:
and a special Year of the Genome partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).
Visit the National Institutes of Health NHGRI and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code on-line.
Directions to the Zoo North Entrance:
From US 40/I-64 eastbound and westbound
Take the Hampton exit (34-B) and follow signs to Forest Park. To North Entrance, go straight through first roundabout, left at second roundabout on Washington Blvd., turn left on Government Drive.
Westbound Alternate Route: Take Clayton Road exit, turn right on Skinker, right on Wells Drive. Veer left to Zoo’s North Entrance.
Eastbound Alternate Route: Take McCausland exit, turn left on McCausland/Skinker, right on Wells Drive. Veer left to Zoo’s North Entrance.
From I-44 eastbound and westbound
Take the Hampton Ave. exit. Drive north about one mile and cross the Hampton Ave. bridge. To North Entrance, go straight through first roundabout, left at second roundabout on Washington Blvd., turn left on Government Drive.