Superbug-infested waters posed a major health threat to our sporting superstars at this year's Rio Olympic Games.

But what did this mean for our athletes? Are athletes more prone to superbug infections? And are antibiotics overprescribed in the sporting world?

Join us on 17 November and hear from our sport and science experts as they discuss these issues and more during Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, are one of the greatest challenges currently facing global human health. And it's a race against time when it comes to treating infections.

At this event, you will hear personal stories of athletes and the challenges doctors faced when treating the athletes who entered the superbug-infested waters in Rio.

Come along to this free community event and hear from:

  • Bacterial sepsis survivor and Rio 2016 gold medallist wheelchair rugby Paralympian Chris Bond OAM
  • Olympic rower Fiona Albert
  • Triathlon Australia's Chief Medical Officer Dr Mark Young

This exciting expert panel will also include UQ researchers, who will discuss measures taken to prevent superbugs from taking a stronghold at the Olympic Games.

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Event details

WHEN: Drinks from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start, Thursday 17 November 2016. Post-event networking and refreshments to follow.

WHERE: Queensland Bioscience Precinct Auditorium (Building 80), The University of Queensland, 306 Carmody Road, St Lucia. Please enter via the ramp from Chancellor's Place.

WHO: Everyone is welcome to attend this free community event.

GETTING HERE: Public transport is recommended for visitors to UQ's St Lucia campus. If on-site parking is required, please contact Ruth Neale to pre-book.

HOSTS: Institute for Molecular Bioscience Centre for Superbug Solutions and the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery.

CONTACT: Ruth Neale,, 07 3346 2389.


About Community events

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Queensland Bioscience Precinct (Building 80), The University of Queensland, 306 Carmody Road, St Lucia
QBP Auditorium