Understanding Antibiotic Resistance through Art

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The Science and Art of Antibiotics

The work of Anna Dumitriu will be on display at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, UK between September 28, 2017 and March 18, 2018. The BioArt and Bacteria exhibit will feature works that explore the relationship between people, bacteria, antibiotics and technology. Included in the display will be many of her innovative projects, including:  the MRSA Quilt, Sequence Dress, Engineered Antibody, Microbe Mouth, Make Do and Mend, The Hunt for New Antimicrobials, The Art and Science of Linen, and Ex Voto.

Dumitriu’s art is fascinating to scientists and the general public alike.  Not content with just creating traditional sculptures and crafts, Anna delves into the latest technology to create a medium that provides important information and tells complex stories regarding the relationship between bacteria and antibiotics. This helps to break down communication barriers between scientists, researchers, healthcare practitioners, and the public on these topics.

Blue Henry

“Blue Henry”

One piece, entitled ‘Blue Henry,’ is a flask that would have been carried by tuberculosis patients in a sanatorium to collect infected mucus coughed up from their lungs. The engraving on the top shows a transmission network of tuberculosis patients, revealed through whole genome sequencing.

This BioArt and Bacteria exhibit follows the journey from the sanatorium movement to the rise of antibiotics and other technological developments that have improved our understanding of bacteria.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit http://annadumitriu.tumblr.com/BioArtBacteria

For more information about Anna Dumitriu’s artwork, please visit http://www.normalflora.co.uk/

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Michael Diamond
Co-founder of The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS) Michael Diamond is the co-founder of The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS), a non-profit organization that recently announced $1,000,000 in Scientific Impact in its first 24 months of operation. Michael is devoted to advancing information and science to address the myriad issues relating to infection prevention and global health. Mr. Diamond is driven by the firm belief that we should not have to wait years for promising technology, ideas and processes to be implemented and accepted. Michael has created a model of information sharing that makes the process of vetting new technologies, implementing successful programs and inspiring innovation, more efficient, more accessible, more global and more collaborative. Michael’s most notable achievement to date is the TIPS online journal, www.IC.tips, a Pan-Access, worldwide collective that extends globally and touches locally. Michael leads teams around the world to develop trials and pilot studies to aid in the discovery of successful research-to-market technological advancements. His global team includes engagers and implementers. Currently represented in 38 countries, and well-established as the world’s largest engagement network, the TIPS motto is: Join. Contribute. Make A Difference.

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