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Professor Daniel Wikler, Harvard University


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November 1 - 3, 2018

War: the beginning and end of antibiotics?


Medicine and war have long been entwined, with massive social disruptions and new weapons engendering the spread of disease and producing unprecedented kinds of injury, in turn driving medical innovation and practice whose impacts last long beyond the conflict in which they originated.  So began penicillin in the Second World War: antibiotics arose in war.  Today in the context of long-running military conflicts we see harbingers of the end of antibiotics.  Our subject is multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, which emerged as a major health threat in 2003 with the US invasion of Iraq and has been increasing in both virulence and resistance at an alarming rate, leading it to be assessed as the number one priority pathogen for research and development by the WHO. We focus specifically on the social and physical factors that have driven the rapid genetic evolution of this formerly little-known and non-pathogenic organism, including historical legacies of sanctions affecting antibiotic availability, wounding, munitions, refugee movement, and destruction of the built environment.