Discovering Science: Global Challenges
About CourseUniversity of Leeds
Find out how the Penicillin class of antibiotics has been a major breakthrough in the treatment of patients. However, with bacteria developing efficient ways of resisting antibiotic treatment, discover how scientists are treating patients with infections resulting from resistant bacteria.
The world’s population is approaching eight billion people, putting increasing strain on our ability to feed everybody. Explore the strategies currently being developed, and the role that chemistry plays in finding solutions to food security.
- The origins of penicillin and the research behind antibiotic development.
- The way in which pencillins kill bacteria.
- Introduction to the molecular structure of the penicillins and how their structure underpins their antibacterial properties.
- The ways in which some bacteria types are able to become resistant to antibiotics.
- The clinical research of a consultant in infectious and travel medicine.
- The challenges behind educating people in the proper use of antibiotics.
- The ways in which chemists are making contributions to overcoming the problem of bacterial resistance.
Who developed the course?
As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.
What Will I Learn?
- Explore the origins of antibiotic development and how some bacteria are able to become resistant to antibiotics.
- Explore the challenges behind educating people in the proper use of antibiotics.
- Identify uses of chemistry in addressing the challenges of feeding a growing population.
- Explore the uses of natural crops and their genetically-modified alternatives.