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Carles Borrego from ICRA-CERCA participates in a WHO webinar on bacteriophages

Monday, 20 May 2024

Carles Borrego , researcher at the Catalan Water Research Institute (ICRA-CERCA), was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to participate in a webinar dedicated to the use of bacteriophages for ‘elimination of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the environment. This session took place last Thursday, May 16th.

This was the third webinar on this topic organized by the WHO. The first two webinars were very successful in terms of participation. The first, focused on human medicine, brought together more than 1,000 online attendees, while the second, focused on veterinary medicine, had approximately 700 participants. This third webinar focused on environmental applications, exploring how bacteriophages can be used to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria in various natural environments.

Bacteriophages are viruses that infect and destroy specific bacteria, offering a promising alternative to traditional antibiotics, especially in the era of increasing antibiotic resistance. Carles Borrego’s participation in this event highlighted his expertise in researching innovative solutions for environmental and public health problems.

The event was an opportunity for experts and those interested in the subject to learn about the latest advances and applications of bacteriophages in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ecosystems. The session was enriching and contributed significantly to the overall knowledge about this alternative method of controlling harmful bacteria.