café scientifique

Next Meeting:

Monday 13th January 2020
“Antibiotic Resistance
– sorting the fact from the fiction

By Wendy Thompson and Sue Pavitt

Excessive antibiotic prescribing is a global public health and patient safety problem. Around 10% of all antibiotic prescriptions worldwide are from high street dentists, with 80% estimated to be unnecessary. Taking antibiotics when they are not necessary puts people at risk of antibiotics not working for them in the future when they really need them to work (for example if they suffer from sepsis). In order to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing by dentists for adult patients with toothache or dental infection, we undertook research with dentists and patients during and after urgent dental appointments. Based on this research, we produced Tales from the Dentist’s Chair – Quick Fix Frank. As you watch this series of video monologues, you’ll meet Penny, Raghu and Ellie (the patients) together with their dentist. In the fifth video, Lee will reveal the dramatic conclusion. Antibiotics are meant to help, aren’t they?


Wendy Thompson: is an academic general dentist working in West Yorkshire and Cumbria. Her PhD at University of Leeds was about antibiotics and urgent NHS dental appointments. Using an innovative, arts-based approach, Wendy has developed a series of dramatic video monologues aimed at reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics for dental problems.

Wendy is an honorary consultant in the Office of the Chief Dental Officer (England) and regularly lectures nationally and internationally about antibiotic prescribing and resistance. She is also a member of national committees, including for the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) and the British National Formulary (BNF).

Having graduated in 1994 from the University of Warwick with a degree in microbiology and microbial technology, Wendy worked for many years as a scientist in Whitehall. In 2012, she gained her dentistry qualification (BDS with honours and a distinction in oral health) from the University of Liverpool. Her time is now split between Yorkshire and Lancashire, where her family home is in the coastal village of Silverdale on the edge of the Lake District.













About Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where people can meet to hear eminent speakers on all things scientific. The events are extremely popular with lively discussion and informative talks. Topics are always relevant, cutting edge and up-to-date. They are often taken from a wider global discussion.

All are welcome. The Café is held at The New Headingley Club on St Michael’s Road.

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Coming soon:

Monday 13th January 2020
Antibiotic Resistance – sorting the fact from the fiction
By Sue Pavitt and Wendy Thompson

Monday 10th February 2020
Inherited Blindness: a cure in sight?
By Colin Johnson

Monday 9th March 2020
Causal Reasoning
By Kellyn Arnold

Monday 13th April 2020

Monday 11th May 2020
The Promise of Gravitational Waves
By Sue Bowler

Monday 8th June 2020
Antibiotic Resistance
By Colin Garner

Monday 13th July 2020
Zero Carbon Cities
By Paul Chatterton


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