LA & OC 08.16.09 The Rising Antibiotic Crisis
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The Rising Antibiotic Crisis

Sunday August 16th 2009
11 a.m. – Hollywood; 4:30 p.m. – Costa Mesa

By the 1950s, the medical community predicted the end of infectious diseases as a threat to society. In fact, infections are a greater problem today than any time since the first widespread use of penicillin in 1945. Infections are now more frequent and antibiotic resistant, creating a critical need for the development of new antibiotics – all during a time when antibiotic development is dying.

In his talk, Brad Spellberg, M.D., will discuss the causes and extent of antibiotic resistant infections and dying antibiotic development, which he describes in his new book, Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Deadly Bacteria and Our Dwindling Arsenal to Fight Them. Spellberg will explain that physician misuse or overuse of antibiotics is not the cause of the problem, but that economic, regulatory, and political forces are the causes. He will describe his own personal experiences at the front line of this policy struggle, share compelling patient stories, and describe a comprehensive plan that attacks the problem of dying antibiotic development at multiple levels, and will serve as a call to action for solving this problem.

Dr. Spellberg is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Spellberg is an academic scientific investigator who sees patients, teaches students and resident physicians, and has an NIH-funded program in vaccines and immune-enhancing therapies.  He is a member of a national task force at the Infectious Diseases Society of America charged with solving the antibiotic crisis.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Sunday, August 16th, 2009.
COST: $8

The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027

The program will be repeated at 4:30 PM in Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627