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Thursday 6 November 2014

'An Introduction to biofilms and the techniques used to assess cutaneous biofilm treatments’

Dr Samantha Westgate (Director, Perfectus Biomed Ltd)

**Venue: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG** please note different venue for this event


Synopsis

There has been growing interest in research demonstrating that bacteria predominantly express a phenotypic state that causes them to reside as part of a bacterial biofilm rather than as a single free floating planktonic entity. Compared to planktonic populations, bacteria living within a biofilm experience enhanced protection from; the host’s immune system, systemic antibiotics and various topical antimicrobial agents. In order to develop topical agents that can effectively treat and remove bacterial biofilms, such as the Propionibacterium acne  biofilm thought to be a causative agent in acne, new in vitro models are required that allow for meaningful modelling of persistent biofilm infections.    


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