Annual McGill AMR Symposium

Monday, June 3, 2024 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (tentative)
Networking reception to follow 4:00 - 6:00 pm

McGill’s University Centre, Ballroom, 3rd Floor
3480 McTavish St, Montreal

The McGill AMR Centre is hosting its 4th Annual Symposium on June 3, 2024. We are inviting you to join this in-person event to network and discuss AMR-related topics, AMR community research interests and needs. Special guest, Dr. Kate Baker, is the keynote speaker.

Profile of Kate BakerKeynote speaker Dr Kate Baker BVSc PhD MRCVS FHEA
University of Liverpool and University of Cambridge, England 
Chair in Applied Microbial Genomics 
Clinical Infection, Microbiology & Immunology 
Bio: Professor Kate Baker is a Chair in Applied Microbial Genomics at the University of Liverpool and the United Kingdom Health Security Agency and leads Prokaryotic Research at the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge. Originally training and working as a veterinarian in Australia, she moved to the UK to complete her PhD at the University of Cambridge and Zoological Society of London and a postdoctoral position at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. She started her research group at the University of Liverpool in 2016 and has recently moved to the University of Cambridge in 2023, where she continues her research on the genomic epidemiology of bacterial pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. She is an Associate Editor of Nature Antimicrobials and Resistance, a member of the WHO technical advisory group on Vaccines for AMR, and has experience in science policy.  
Talk title: "Dysentery over the course of the antibiotic era: from intrinsic to extensive drug resistance"
Abstract: The causative agents of bacillary dysentery, bacteria of the genus Shigella, were the leading cause of diarrhoeal disease during WW1. Today, they remain the leading cause of diarrhoeal disease in children under five years old in lower- to middle- income nation settings and are a WHO AMR priority pathogen. I will talk through how a decade of genomic studies of Shigella spanning the pre, peri, and post antibiotic era (including some with a special connection to McGill) highlight how the diversity and adaptability of these pathogens allowed them to maintain their top ranking despite our control efforts, and ways in which we can leverage genomic data to identify new ways to tackle them.

Program: Genomics and evolution of AMR 

8:30 AM Registration opens

9:00 AM Welcome

9:05 AM Keynote presentation: Kate Baker, University of Liverpool and University of Cambridge, "Dysentery over the course of the antibiotic era: from intrinsic to extensive drug resistance"

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM Faulty short talks

  • Patricia Fontela, Pediatric, McGill University
  • Louis-Patrick Haraoui, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Rees Kassen, Biology, McGill University

11:30 AM Trainee flash talks

12:00 PM Lunch break/Career Insights Trainee Luncheon with special guests:

  • Sadjia Bekal, Clinical specialist in medical biology, LSPQ – INSPQ Le Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec
  • Adam Belley, Senior Director, Clinical Microbiology, Venatorx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Joshua Pottel, CEO, Molecular Forecaster Inc.
  • Jessica Blavignac, Director, Medical & Scientific Affairs, bioMérieux Canada Inc.

1:00 PM Trainee flash talks

2:00 PM Poster Session and Break - submit abstract here

3:00 PM Faulty short talks

  • Christian Landry, Biology, Université Laval
  • Frédérique Le Roux, Microbiology, Infectious Diseases & Immunology, Université de Montréal
  • Jesse Shapiro, Microbiology & Immunology, McGill University

3:55 PM Closing

4:00 PM Networking reception


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