Dear Café Scientifiquers,


Our next café will happen on Tuesday July 26th, 7:30pm at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir St). We will be hosting Agatha Jassem, from the Department of Pathology at UBC, and her talk will be:


Old Drugs, Bad Bugs: Antibiotic Treatment of Lung Infections in Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a fatal genetic disease that affects many Canadian children and young adults. Though CF is a multi-organ disease, chronic infection and inflammation of the lungs are particularly detrimental to health. Persons with CF can get infected with unusual bacteria that are hard to clear in part because they are, or become, highly resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic treatment of airway infections in CF is further complicated by the fact that one class of antibiotics can cause resistance to another class, and some antibiotics can interfere with immune system processes. My research is focused on understanding how these “bad bugs” evade antibiotics, and the possible side-effects of chronic drug use.


We hope to see you there!


– Your Café Scientifique Organizers



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