Scotland's war on 'bad bugs' at May Festival

Scotland's war on 'bad bugs' at May Festival

Expert scientists from all over the country will share their research into the world's biggest killers at this year's May Festival.

Led by Dr Bruno Lopes, Research Fellow, in Applied Medicine, some of Scotland’s top scientists will discuss the challenges of 21st  century medicine and what Scotland is doing to improve infection control. 

In a series of short talks, some of the topics under discussion will include; the success story of vaccination against cervical cancer in Scotland, what exactly is ‘infection control’ and why is it so important today, and the major developments that have been made in treating infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria.  

Speakers include Dr Ramya Bhatia, Senior Research Fellow, Scottish HPV Archive (University of Edinburgh), who will talk about the success of the HPV vaccination against cervical cancer in Scotland and Dr Stefania Spano, Senior Lecturer (University of Aberdeen) who will discuss infection control in the 21st century.

Dr Lopes said of the upcoming event: “Building on the success of my previous events, Kitchen Killers and Bad Bugs Fight Drugs, my theme this year is focused more on what is happening in Scotland and the advances we are making here in the fight against infection.

Germ Wars will bring together researchers from Universities across Scotland - all of whom solve real world problems every day and, are striving hard to improve our current scientific knowledge and contribute towards the betterment of the society.”

The Germ Wars event will be help in Regent Lecture Theatre on May 29 from 2pm until 3pm. The event is free but booking is required.

The University of Aberdeen May Festival runs from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29. Tickets for all events can be booked by visiting or through the Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122.