Could worms be the answer to halting Multiple Sclerosis? Could honey be the answer to antibiotic resistance? Don’t miss this double feature exploring these unlikely heroes.
Talk 1: Could worms be the answer to halting Multiple Sclerosis?
Over 2.3 million people around the world, including 23,000 Australians, are currently living with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). There is no known cure at the moment and women are three times more likely to be affected than men. While there are several treatment options available, many of these cause adverse side effects.
MS is a condition of the central nervous system that manifests in various and often debilitating symptoms such as muscular spasms, fatigue, neurological issues like vertigo, continence problems, memory loss, depression and problems with weakness, coordination and balance.
Hear her explain how the controlled infection of parasites could be harnessed to slow down and even stop the progression of MS. She’ll present results from her latest research, funded by MS Research Australia, and discuss the progress in translating these findings to the clinic.
Talk 2: Could honey be the answer to antibiotic resistance?
Imagine living in a world where people could die from infections caused by simple cuts. That’s the potential world we face due to the major global health threat posed by antibiotic resistance.
What is antibiotic resistance? What causes it? How can it be prevented?
Scientists from UTS ithree Institute have been focused on solving the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Microbiologist, Dr Nural Cokcetin, is part of a team working on alternatives for treating skin infections.
Learn how Dr Cokcetin’s research has identified Australian honey as a medicinal powerhouse and how these findings have put Australian honey on the international radar. It’s also been game-changing for the Australian beekeeping industry, and for clinicians seeking treatments for skin infections and wounds that are not responding to current conventional treatments.