Monday, December 8th – Important Issues for Infectious Illness – Antibiotic Resistance Among Pathogens and the Anti-Vaccination Movement Among People

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Date: 8 December, 2014, 7:30 pm
Location: Donut Whole, 1720 E Douglas, Wichita, Kansas
Speaker:  Dave McDonald, PHD, Wichita State University
Topic: “Important Issues for Infectious Illness – Antibiotic Resistance Among Pathogens and the Anti-Vaccination Movement Among People”  
He will discuss the causes of antibiotic resistance and the public health ramifications of our dwindling supply of effective antibiotics.  He will also discuss the arguments raised against vaccination and compare them to the arguments for vaccination.
Dr. McDonald is a Full Professor in the Dept. of Biological Sciences and has recently served as the Dean of the Graduate School among other positions.
He has two separate research interests in the field of biology.  First,  he is interested in mammalian genetics; exploring how model systems like the laboratory mouse can be manipulated to yield useful models for human diseases.  He has had success in that area by producing models for the human inborn error of metabolism phenylketonuria and also disorders of circadian behavior.  Secondly, He has currently developed an interest in exploring antimicrobial strategies to augment the current set of tools, such as antibiotic therapy, that are losing their levels of effectiveness.  He is starting to explore the infection phenomena of attachment and biofilm formation as potentially useful steps for inhibiting bacterial infection.
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