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Is your family pet a source of antibiotic resistance?

03 July 2018, 1:00pm - 03 July 2018, 2:00pm

Presented by Professor Mick Roberts from Massey University

Location: Townsville 48.202, video linked to Cairns A001-129 

Antibiotics are used extensively to control infections in domestic pets, either as a course of oral tablets or a single injection. There are several methods by which bacteria can develop resistant strains, including mutation during reproduction and horizontal gene transfer. We present a model for the development of antibiotic resistance within a single host animal.

About the Presenter

Mick Roberts is Professor in Mathematical Biology at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.  His research uses modern methods of mathematical analysis to understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases. He has held visiting fellowships at Oxford, Cambridge and Utrecht Universities. He is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the New Zealand Mathematical Society, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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