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Antimicrobial Resistance in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

7 July 2017
London

Prof. David Dance
Senior Clinical Research Fellow/Consultant Microbiologist, Lao Oxford Mahosot Hospital Wellcome Trust Research Unit, Lao PDR/Centre for Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK Honorary Professor, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

After qualifying in medicine at the University of Bristol, David Dance trained as a Medical Microbiologist with the Public Health Laboratory Service in the UK, before spending 4 years in Thailand with the Wellcome-Mahidol University-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Programme. In 1986 he helped to establish studies of melioidosis in Ubon Ratchathani, northeast Thailand, that are still ongoing.  He spent 4 years as Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine continuing research on melioidosis and other tropical infections in Asia and Tanzania, and acting as Course Organiser for the MSc in Medical Microbiology.  In 1994 he returned to clinical microbiology practice as Director of Plymouth Public Health Laboratory, and in 2004 he became Regional Microbiologist (South West), but he maintained an interest in melioidosis, latterly both as a cause of imported infections in the UK, but also as a potential bioweapon.  He also served on the national Councils of the British Infection Society, Association of Medical Microbiologists, and Royal College of Pathologists.

In 2010 he returned to SE Asia to continue research on tropical bacterial infections, including melioidosis, in the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic as part of the Oxford University Tropical Network. His current role combines research with an advisory role in the Microbiology laboratory and clinical consultation service in Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, correspondence and book chapters on melioidosis, particularly clinical aspects, epidemiology, diagnosis, antimicrobial susceptibility and treatment.