Overview

Vaccines As Tools To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance is due to take place as an in-person meeting on 27–28 February 2023, at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Birmingham, UK.

COVID-19 demonstrates the devastation of infection when treatment options are limited. The pandemic also demonstrates how vaccines normalise social and economic freedom and equality. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has a greater potential to impact our lives.

AMR is a growing global problem, with 1.27 million deaths attributable to AMR bacteria annually. Vaccines can impact AMR by preventing infections and reducing the need for antibiotics which will slow the emergence of AMR.

There are no vaccines, or extant vaccines are sub-optimal, against many human-specific or veterinary/zoonotic bacterial infections. Generating new vaccines for bacterial pathogens is complex. The antigen content, delivery platform and host immune status all influence vaccine development, cost, pathogen evasion and use. Therefore, successful vaccine development requires combined expertise in microbiology (antigen selection), chemistry (platform technology) and host response (immunology). This meeting will address these key areas along the AMR-vaccine platform-veterinary/human immunology axis.

Key topics:
  • AMR – the problem in the context of human and veterinary health
  • The strengths and gaps in using vaccination to limit AMR
  • Host responses to different bacterial antigens and vaccines – key lessons learned
  • Enhancing the use of existing and novel platforms, technologies, adjuvants – the spectre of ‘Pathogen X’
  • The targeting of bacterial pathogens to reduce AMR – addressing unmet needs
Organising committee:
  • Professor Adam Cunningham (BactiVac Network, University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Dr Jo Dean (BactiVac Network, University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Dr Marisol Perez-Toledo (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Dr Matt O'Shea (Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Clinical Microbiology and Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy, UK)
Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels and you can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #Vaccines4AMR and #BactiVacEvents

Venue
Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre

The meeting will take place in Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre. It is the University of Birmingham’s hotel and is part of the University of Birmingham Group.

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre
53 Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham
B15 2RS
United Kingdom

Sustainability 

Carbon footprint offsetting

Delegate travel is the biggest contributor to the carbon emissions involved with Focused Meetings, we would therefore like to encourage all delegates to offset their carbon footprint.

A carbon offset is a way to compensate for your emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere.

You can calculate and offset your carbon footprint from travelling to the meeting by using this carbon calculator, this supports international projects and sustainable development worldwide.