Otto Cars, the seventh speaker of the TEDxUppsalaUniversity conferences in December 2014, gave exposed the topic of “The cornerstones of modern medicine that are currently crumbling”.
Otto Cars, a Senior Professor of Infectious Diseases at Uppsala University, runs a research laboratory committed to finding new ways to treat multi-resistant bacteria with existing antibiotics. His deep frustration with the lack of action against the approaching worldwide disaster of antibiotic resistance has brought him to the TEDx stage. During the conference, he explains the basics of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance and tries to put a disease face to the problem, making the audience aware that we can no longer take effective treatment for common bacterial infections for granted. He also discusses the reasons for the world´s complacency : “How could we have been hiding like an ostrich from this global threat which was already warned for by Alexander Fleming in 1945 when he received the Nobel Prize for his discovery of penicillin?”. He then puts the problem of antibiotic resistance in a larger perspective – outside health care – since it is relates to our environment, social security, economic growth and development.
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