Antimicrobials are important in medical, veterinary, and agricultural settings to prevent and treat bacterial infections in humans, animals, and even crops. As with all organisms however, disease-causing bacteria evolve, and many have become resistant to the drugs we throw at them.
The problem of antimicrobial resistant bacteria has become a serious threat to all of us and the Council of Canadian Academies created an independent Expert Panel on the Potential Socio-Economic Impacts of Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada
to study the problem, Last week, the panel released its report “When Antibiotics Fail
’. One of the peer reviewers of the report was Genome Alberta’s President & CEO, David Bailey. He said, “This report is both timely and important to Canadians. The potential loss of many lives, the harmful impact on our health care system and on the economy, is very real. AMR is a ‘wicked’ problem that is having a global impact, and this report should help us all to become more engaged and show leadership in reducing antimicrobial use.” If you want a quick overview of that "wicked" impact the Council of Canadian Academies has a one-pager for you
Among the report’s authors were John Conly from the University of Calgary and Ellen Goddard at the University of Alberta. Both are also Genome Alberta funded researchers, and freelance broadcaster Don Hill talk with them about the problem of AMR and the report’s findings.