Training: Webcasts

Science Talks: Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance


Science Talks – An Educational Webinar Series from Wiley for Journalists

Jan. 22, 11 a.m. ET

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) is pleased to provide ongoing training and support for new and seasoned health reporters. As part of our partnership with Wiley we offer members access to an educational series of webinars called Science Talks that are brought to you by The Wiley Network.

The next webinar, Science Talks with the Society for Applied Microbiology will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 am ET. In this session, Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance, media will learn:

  • A brief history of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and how it occurs. 

  • What are the leading causes of microbes/bacteria becoming resistant to drug treatments?

  • What threat does antimicrobial resistance pose to humans?

  • How are scientists fighting back against antimicrobial resistance?

  • AMR expert sources to use in news stories

  • Treatment options available now and in the future

The webinar will include time for questions and answers.


Science Talks webinars are complimentary to AHCJ members. Register for Science Talks today!

If you are not able to attend the live one-hour session the webinars will be recorded for later viewing on the AHCJ website.

About the speakers

Dr. Lucy Harper is chief executive of the Society for Applied Microbiology. After completing a B.Sc. in medical biochemistry at Birmingham University, Harper worked in hospital laboratories and university departments across the West Midlands. In 2003 she completed a doctorate, "Renal Dopamine and Salt-Sensitive Hypertension," and continued her research career, completing several postdoc projects. During this time, Harper also taught molecular biology practical classes to final year B.Sc. students and spent her spare time writing articles. Through this experience she decided that her passion for science came from talking about it rather than doing it. She was offered the honorary editorship of Microbiologist magazine and when her postdoc contract ended, she took the position of communications officer for Med-Vet-Net, the EU FP6 project on zoonotic disease. Harper began working as communications officer for SfAM in June 2006. Since then, she has developed SfAMs Communications remit and in June 2009 she was promoted to communications manager. In 2010 Harper was awarded an M.B.A. with distinction, which she completed part-time at Aston University. After a period of maternity leave, Harper returned to the Society as deputy CEO, and was then appointed as chief executive in November 2014.

Dr. Mark Fielder is president of the Society for Applied Microbiology. Fielder began his career at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath where he became a trainee Biomedical Scientist. He completed a microbiology degree at Kings College, London, and followed that with a doctorate in microbiology and immunology, working on bacterial causes of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Following this he won the Tadion Rideal prize for outstanding post-graduate work in molecular science. Fielder then moved on to St. George's Hospital medical school to work with Professor David Lewis and Professor George Griffin on the use of Cholera toxin and the heat labile toxins of E. coli as adjuvants for mucosal vaccines. Following this, he became a lecturer at Kingston University which is where he is currently based and in 2011 became professor of medical microbiology.

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