Infectious Diseases: Implications for Global and National Security in the 21st Century

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A lecture to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November by EAAD 2013 LogoGroup Captain Andy Green MB BS DTM&H FFTM RCPS(Glas) FFPH FRCP (Glas) FRCPath RAF, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Defence Consultant Adviser in Communicable Diseases and Consultant in Clinical Microbiology, Ministry of Defence. 

Infectious diseases have historically killed and injured many more soldiers in battle than bullets or bombs. Advances in medicine and the development of antibiotics led the US Surgeon General to state in 1967 that "the war against infectious diseases has been won". However, new diseases have continued to appear and existing ones have developed different capabilities. Many, such as HIV/AIDS, have had direct and indirect impact on international economies and security, and novel infections threaten to continue this trend.

In his lecture, Group Captain Green will describe the types of infectious disease that have appeared in recent years and their relationship with the Armed Forces and national security. He will also examine the potential impact of the continued evolution of antimicrobial resistance.

Group Captain Andy Green MB BS DTM&H FFTM RCPS(Glas) FFPH FRCP (Glas) FRCPath RAF is Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Defence Consultant Adviser in Communicable Diseases and Consultant in Clinical Microbiology at the Ministry of Defence. He trained at St George's Hospital Medical School, London and joined the Royal Air Force in 1983 after house jobs. He spent one year as Unit Medical Officer at RAF College, Cranwell then transferred to the RAF Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine (RAF IPTM) as a trainee pathologist. He trained as a specialist in clinical microbiology and was appointed Consultant Microbiologist at RAF IPTM in 1991. He moved to the Royal Hospital Haslar in 1995 and then to the Surgeon General's Department in 2000. He is currently Defence Consultant Adviser in Communicable Diseases and advises the Surgeon General on all aspects of infectious diseases and their control, including biological warfare. Group Captain Green sits on a number of national and international committees, both military and civilian. He has published over ninety scientific articles and has research interests in travel medicine and disease transmission on board aircraft. He is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2009, he was appointed Director of Infection Prevention and Control with a remit to lead the development of IPC practice across the Defence Medical Services, and moved to his current position at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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