Are We at a Tipping Point? Controlling Infection and Combatting Disease

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Increasing resistance to antibiotics is a threat to Britain which could be as dangerous as terrorism. That's the argument put by Professor Dame Sally Davies in her Free Thinking lecture at Sage Gateshead. The first woman to hold the post of Chief Medical Officer for England, she also answers audience questions and talks about strategies for combatting infection and improving the nation's health. Joining her on stage for this discussion is Andrew Sails, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of Research and Development and Molecular Diagnostics at Newcastle's Public Health Laboratory, and Professor Hugh Pennnington, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen.

The event is chaired by Night Waves presenter Anne McElvoy

Recorded at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead and first broadcast in October 2013.

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  • 27 Oct 2013 19:33:07

    Thanks for joining us for the Free Thinking Festival. You can hear all of the sessions on Radio 3 over the next few weeks. In the meantime you can listen to the opening sessions on the Radio 3 Arts and Ideas podcast including Sir Michael Marmot's opening lecture on self-control.

  • 27 Oct 2013 18:46:19

    On-air now: Production Line Living with AL Kennedy wraps up this weekend's coverage of the Free Thinking Festival but Free Thinking's back on Radio 3 tomorrow night with Dame Sally Davies on disease and infection

  • 27 Oct 2013 17:30:45

    Tonight's Words and Music was recorded earlier at St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead. With music from Britten to Chopin and words from Shakespeare to Orwell it's on the theme of control.

  • 27 Oct 2013 17:14:49

    We're nearly at the end of Free Thinking - just a few more sessions to go. But first a mention of the New Generation Thinkers lectures which you can hear on The Essay starting on Monday with The Power of the Vikings. Alice Hall (pictured) will be on 5 November talking about Memory, Autobiography and Fiction.

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