Monash Pharmacy researchers host first international conference to exterminate superbugs

The urgent global health challenge of antibiotic-resistant superbugs was discussed among world-leading experts at an international conference at Monash University’s Prato Centre, Italy, last month.

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Professor Jian Li and Professor Roger Nation
The Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) hosted the 1st International Conference on Polymyxins, the first conference of its kind, presenting the latest research findings, and identifying the opportunities and challenges that guide the clinical use of polymyxins, a class of antibiotics used to treat multidrug-resistant bacteria.

Supported by colleagues at MIPS, Monash Pharmacy Research professor Roger Nation and conference co-chair Associate Professor Jian Li, also a researcher at at the Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy have been investigating polymyxins for more than a decade and are regarded as international leaders in the field.

Antibiotics colistin and polymyxin B are in use as “last line” antibiotics for the treatment of infections against bacterial “superbugs” that cause life-threatening infections, and are resistant to all current antibiotics.

Leading experts represented institutions from around the world, including Sweden, USA, France, Singapore and Brazil, presenting on a range of topics from an overview of polymyxins and their clinical use to optimized dosing.

About Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program


Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. It comprises four major areas of study: medicinal chemistry (the chemistry of drugs); pharmacology (the action of drugs); pharmaceutics (the presentation and delivery of drugs); and pharmacy practice (the application of all these to the professional practice of pharmacy).

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) applications before the end of September for the February intake.


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