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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

With bestselling author Dr. Matt McCarthy

Monday, November 4
4:15 p.m. Craft talk - Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition
7:30 p.m. Conversation/Q&A - Page Hall, 135 
Western Avenue, Albany
Free and open to the public -- See map

Matt McCarthy, assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is the author of new book, Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic (2019), an insider’s account of the current battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the race to develop new treatments for infections. 


McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal.

Bestselling author Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) called it, “An amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future.”


McCarthy’s previous bestsellers include The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year (2015) and Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit (2009). His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is also editor-in-chief of Current Fungal Infection Reports.




Matt McCarthy, Superbugs

What Is a Superbug?
"The definition is actually quite controversial. Many people refer to it as simply drug-resistant bacteria. I take a somewhat broader view, which is to say that it also encompasses drug-resistant fungi, parasites, and protozoa, and some people would even say viruses. One controversial question is: Is influenza a superbug?

― Dr. Matt McCarthy, MedScape, published July 23, 2019 

Cosponsored by The RNA Institute, a cutting-edge life sciences research facility at the University at Albany, to mark the launch of the NIH-sponsored RNA Fellows Program, which features a Science Communications track in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute. The new program will enable students to develop and improve written and oral communication in areas of research that are critical to new frontiers in human health.

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