Coming soon… The Fleming Centre Keeping antibiotics working for the next 100 years
In 1928 Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first antibiotic, at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, and changed the course of medicine for us all. Yet as we approach the centenary of this life-changing discovery, we may find ourselves heading for a post-antibiotic era, where a common infection or routine surgical procedure could become life threatening. Antibiotic misuse and overuse Our widespread misuse and overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials, from the food industry to the GP surgery and the hospital bedside, has led to the global spread of drug-resistant microbes. Innovative discoveries and treatments will be futile without global behaviour change – from practitioners, from the public and from policy makers. Our movement for change It is possible to control the spread of Antimicrobial Resistance and keep antibiotics working. Imagine a place that puts society at the heart of solving this problem. Globally connected but with a localised approach. …where exhibitions and engagement activities educate, inspire and catalyze action. …where diverse global voices convene and build consensus. …where scientists work alongside patients, public and policy makers to scope, test and scale solutions. By building awareness and implementing civic-led solutions we’ll see a future where antibiotics continue to keep us all safe. The Fleming Centre will begin this movement for change. Historic roots and global reach In our Fleming Centre model, solutions are found through collaboration and underpinned by a rich transdisciplinary evidence base, to ensure they are relevant, trusted and usable. Behavioral science and public involvement form the cornerstones of radical change that can influence individual behaviour and policy decisions. Starting in London, the birthplace of penicillin, this transformative new approach to solving a global health issue can be shared and adapted to local contexts, from Sao Paulo to Mumbai. Support us. Find out more. Join us in making sure that the medical progress of the last 100 years can continue to drive forwards and that antibiotics can continue to work for the next 100 years and beyond. Speak to our dedicated team to discuss how you can help make our Fleming Centre vision a reality. Be the first to hear about our plans and discover opportunities to get involved. Sign up to our mailing list. Discover our Fleming heritage. Visit the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum or take a virtual tour. Watch our impact video.
Keeping antibiotics working for the next 100 years
An invisible health crisis