Antibiotic Resistance and Mechanisms (ARM)

Workshop for Researchers 2023

12-13 December

In person event to be held at The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham, UK

Welcome to the Antibiotic Resistance and Mechanisms Workshop for Researchers brought to you by the BSAC.

Our 2023 workshop will offer members of the UK community researching mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance the opportunity to meet, to consolidate and extend the expertise held within individual laboratories in the United Kingdom. The workshop will provide a much needed forum to allow the sharing of knowledge between all grades of researchers, including PhD students and technicians.

As in previous years, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) will underwrite the majority of costs for this meeting.  We encourage everyone who can support their own attendance to pay the Standard registration fee.

We look forward to welcoming you in Birmingham.

Michelle Buckner & Ronan McCarthy
Chairs, Programme Committee

This conference is RCPath CPD accredited (7 credits).

This workshop is now at capacity and registration is closed.

For any queries regarding this workshop, please contact Esme Carruthers.



Introductory Remarks
Dr Michelle Buckner, University of Birmingham - View Bio

SESSION ONE: New approaches to tackling infections
Chair: Dr Freya Harrison, University of Warwick & Dr Ilyas Alav, University of Birmingham
Plantimicrobials: Recovering Antimicrobial Producing Bacteria Associated with Flowering Blossoms
Dr Philip Warburton, University of Plymouth - View Bio
Investigating gut microbiota-mediated colonisation resistance to restrict the growth of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in the intestine
Dr Julie McDonald, Imperial College London & the Centre for Bacterial Resistance Biology - View Bio
The use of phages to target Urinary Tract Infections in a UK setting
Professor Martha Clokie, University of Leicester - View Bio
The potential of nitric oxide therapies for the treatment of healthcare associated infections
Professor Raechelle D'sa, University of Liverpool - View Bio


SESSION TWO: Mechanisms of resistance
Chair: Dr Jo Hobbs, University of St Andrews & Dr Rubén De Dios, Brunel University London
Drivers of Intrinsic Permeability in Klebsiella spp
Dr Thamarai Schneiders, University of Edinburgh - View Bio
The enigmatic case of antivirals targeted to the hepatitis C virus NS5A protein
Professor Mark Harris, University of Leeds - View Bio
Phage steering of pan-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Professor Jo Fothergill, University of Liverpool - View Bio

SESSION THREE: Offered papers
Chair: Dr Conor Meehan, Nottingham Trent University & Dr Lucy O'Connor, University College London
Parallel loss of type VI secretion systems in two successful multi-drug resistant Escherichia coli clones
Miss Elizabeth Cummins, PhD Student, University of Birmingham
The effect of antibiotic selection on collateral susceptibility and evolvability of uropathogenic Escherichia coli
Miss Beth James, Research Assistant, Nottingham Trent University
Using a novel in-vitro ventilator associated pneumonia biofilm model to assess enzyme and antibiotic combination therapy
Mr Dean Walsh, University of Warwick
A genome wide analysis of innate susceptibility mechanisms of Escherichia coli to antibiotics that inhibit translation
Mr Muhammad Yasir, Research Scientist, Quadram Institute


Introductory Remarks
Dr Ronan McCarthy, Brunel University London - View Bio

Chair: Dr Matthew Wand, UKHSA & Dr Seong Heun Kim, King's College London
Evolutionary drivers of mobile AMR: insights from colistin resistance
Professor Craig MacLean, Oxford - View Bio
Genomic surveillance of AMR pathogen to guide public health decision-making
Dr Megan Carey, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - View Bio
Harnessing Genomics for antimicrobial resistance surveillance
Professor Kate Baker, Universities of Cambridge and Liverpool - View Bio


SESSION FIVE: BSAC Grant holders and offered papers
Chair: Dr Maria Rosa Domingo Sananes, Nottingham Trent University & Dr Matthew Shepherd, University of Manchester
Targeting intracellular vesicular trafficking using a novel V-ATPase inhibitor to ameliorate pathogenicity of SARS-CoV-2 and related viral pathogens
Professor Paul Long, Kings College London - View Bio
Towards an efficient silica nanoparticle design for antibiotic delivery: Surface and framework modification
Mr Asier R. Muguruza, PhD Student, University of Birmingham
Cefepime/sulbactam Versus Multi Drug Resistant Gram-Negative Enterobacterales Infections
Miss Agata Soltysinska, PhD Student, Queen Mary University of London
Nanoscale characterisation of colistin action on Escherichia coli
Miss Carolina Borrelli, PhD Student, University College London (UCL)
Adaptation to the host environment reduces P. aeruginosa susceptibility to antibiotics
Dr Simon Stoneham, PhD Student, Imperial College London

Chair: Dr Philip Warburton, University of Plymouth & Dr Reshma Silvester, Bangor University
‘TB or not TB’: Thinking beyond the obvious to tackle AMR in the TB superbug!
Professor Sanjib Bhakta, UCL & Birkbeck, University of London - View Bio

Closing remarks and poster prize


This workshop is now at capacity and registration is closed. For any queries regarding registration, please contact Esme Carruthers.
No refunds can be given for cancellations notified after Friday 10 November 2023.

Registration package includes: 2 day course, 1 night accommodation, all course meals + networking dinner

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed.


There are various sponsorship opportunities available at this conference, please contact Esme Carruthers for further details.

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