Drug resistance a rising threat in Canada

November 13, 2019

Drug resistance is an “existential threat” that could have a wide-ranging impact on Canadian health, economy, and society, a new report says. The report also looked at the potential social implications of antibiotic resistance, warning Canadian society may become less open and trusting, with people less likely to travel and more likely to limit their activities out of concern for infection. Brett Finlay, a Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar, chaired the report. Finlay compared drug resistance to global warming as a “threat to humanity,” demonstrating the urgency of the problem. 

Dr. Brett Finlay is a Peter Wall Institute Distinguished Professor, a Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories, and Co-Director and Senior Fellow of the CIFAR Humans and Microbes program. He is also co-author of the book Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World. Dr. Finlay is the author of over 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and served as editor of several professional publications for many years.