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Uppsala University researchers at AAAS Meeting

2015-02-11

From 12 to 16 February the AAAS Meeting, the world’s largest scientific conference, takes place in San Jose, USA. Researchers from Uppsala University are on location to hold symposia on antibiotic resistance and on using advanced imaging technology to visualise chronic pain.

The AAAS Annual Meeting is organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which also publishes the renowned journal Science. The conference aims to bring together scientists and decision makers, science journalists and the general public. Speakers at the conference are selected using a process of peer review.

The conference was held for the first time in 1848, and today has as many as 11,000 participants.

Torsten Gordh, professor at the Department of Surgical Sciences at Uppsala University, will hold a symposium to present images of pain reactions, which have been caught on camera using a PET camera in patients with chronic pain. The images are the results of several studies conducted together with researchers at Uppsala University Hospital.

Diarmaid Hughes, professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, and Anna Zorzet of the ReAct Network (Action on Antibiotic Resistance) will, in an other symposium, present research which among other things shows how antibiotics after use end up in nature. There, even at low concentrations, it leads to antibiotic resistance. They also address the proglems that resistance cause in our increasingly global society and the need for international policies to avoid bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics developed in the future.

Full programme for AAAS.