Please join us as we celebrate the launch of The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) Centre for Superbug Solutions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared multidrug–resistant bacteria, or superbugs, as one of the world’s biggest health challenges.

Widespread resistance to our arsenal of antibiotics is no longer a threat — it is reality.

Superbugs are reducing our ability to treat common infectious diseases, increasing health care costs, and putting patients around the world at greater risk. 

IMB's Centre for Superbug Solutions is working collaboratively with clinicians, researchers and policymakers to develop better ways to prevent, detect and treat superbugs.

Attendance is via RSVP only. Please register soon to avoid disappointment.

Watch a short message of support from Daphne Deckers.
Event details

When: Drinks and canapés from 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start, Tuesday 8 September 2015

Where: Long Room, Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane
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As parking is limited, taxi drop off or public transport is recommended.

Host: Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Enquiries: Ms Julia McSwan, UQ Protocol Officer, (07) 3346 6937,

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Confirmed speakers

Professor Dame Sally C Davies FRS FMedSci

Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government

Dame Sally is independent advisor to the Government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding Public Health.  She provides professional leadership for Directors of Public Health. She is professional head of the Department’s medical staff and head of the Medical Civil service.  Sally has been actively involved in NHS R&D from its establishment and founded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with a budget of £1 billion.

Sally has led UK delegations to WHO summits and forums since 2004 and has played an active role on numerous international committees including WHO Global Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR).

In March 2013 Dame Sally published her 2011 annual report on infectious diseases.  The reported focused on and brought to light the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance, calling for national and international action to address the key areas of stewardship, monitoring and surveillance and antibiotic development.  Dame Sally has since been advocating globally on this topic: she has spoken on AMR at numerous events, including the WHA side event in May 2013, the G8 Science Ministers’ meeting in June 2013, the 2013 Global Health Security Initiative in Rome and a number of Chatham House conferences.  She was chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar and is chair of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR to the WHO. 

WATCH: TED talk: The drugs don’t work


Dr Jeannette Young PSM - MBBS, MBA, DUniv, FRACMA, FFPH, FCHSM(Hon)

Chief Health Officer for Queensland

Dr Young has been the Queensland Chief Health Officer since 2005. Previously she worked in a range of positions in Queensland and Sydney. She has specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and as a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Environment and Population Health at Griffith University and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Work at QUT.  

Her role includes responsibility for health disaster planning and response; aero-medical retrieval services; licensing of private hospitals; and policy regarding research; organ and tissue donation; blood, poisons and medicines; cancer screening; communicable diseases; environmental health; preventive health; and medical workforce planning and leadership.

Dr Young is a member of numerous committees and Boards including NHMRC, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, Jurisdictional Blood Committee, Organ and Tissue Jurisdictional Advisory Committee, National Screening Committee and the Queensland Clinical Senate.


Matthew Ames

Bacterial infection survivor and advocate

Matthew Ames was 39 years old when what started as a sore throat resulted in the loss of all four of his limbs. He had contracted streptococcal resulting in toxic shock and was never expected to survive. Matthew has now beaten the odds, spurred on by the fact that he is the father of four young children aged between two and nine and husband of a very dedicated wife determined to grow old with him.

Since 2013, Matthew has shared his story of recovery on his blog, ‘Renovating Matthew’. He also communicates with government and the general public about disability services on behalf of those like him who fall through the funding cracks, and to raise awareness of issues in support for amputees.

Matthew has been an invited speaker to over 20+ events, had a number of media appearances and has been awarded Australia Day Ambassador (2015), Pride of Australia Award State Winner and National Finalist, Courage category (2013) and Father of the Year Award finalist (2013).


Professor Jeffrey Lipman

Director, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital

Jeffrey Lipman received his medical degree (MBBCh) from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and has specialist qualifications in anaesthesia (DA, FFA) and intensive care (FFA Crit Care, FCICM). Prior to moving to Australia in 1997 he was Head of ICU at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. Currently he is Director of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital, Professor and Head of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Queensland. He also is the Executive Director of the Burns, Trauma, Critical Care Research Centre at this University. He has Adjunct Professorial appointments at Chinese University of Hong Kong and Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Lipman is a career Intensivist, having worked full-time in Intensive Care Units since 1979. His research interests include all aspects of infection management in intensive care. He has a special interest in the pharmacokinetics of antibiotics, an area in which he completed his MD through the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 


Madonna King

Event facilitator and award-winning journalist, author and commentator

Madonna King is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator, who has worked across newspapers, radio and television. The voice of current affairs on 612 ABC Brisbane for many years, Madonna is currently a columnist for Brisbane Times, and a writer for the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend Magazine. She is the author of six books, including the biographies of federal treasurer Joe Hockey and Professor Ian Frazer. She travels Australia emceeing conferences on topics as varied as law, medicine and the resources industry, and serves on two not-for-profit boards.


Professor Matt Cooper

Director, IMB Centre for Superbug Solutions, The University of Queensland

Matt Cooper completed a PhD at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and then was a Fellow at University of Cambridge, before working in the UK biotechnology sector for 9 years.

Matt is a Professor of Chemical Biology and Director of the Centre for Superbug Solutions at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland. He is also a scientific entrepreneur with a solid track record of innovation and leadership (over 150 publications and > 20 patents), and having founded/co-founded 3 biotech start-ups. Matt has also driven multidisciplinary programs in electronics, physics, materials science, chemistry, microbiology, innate immunity, inflammation and diagnostics. His R&D teams have launched multiple product families to market, and now have a focus on drug discovery for new antibiotics, anti-fungal drugs, diagnostic platforms and breakthrough treatments for inflammatory diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, gout and cancer.

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