Educational Keynote Session

Hollister Keynote

Antimicrobial Resistance and Urinary Tract Infections

Tadas Sileika, PhD, Senior Scientist, Continence Care Research and Development, Hollister Incorporated

Tadas' efforts have led to increased awareness and understanding of relevant etiologies behind urinary tract infections for intermittent catheter users. He has been actively disseminating the importance of antimicrobial resistance stewardship and advanced device development in addressing ongoing and future human health issues.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) develops
  • Discuss patient health, treatment options and economic implications of AMR
  • Describe AMR and urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Speaker Bio

About Tadas Sileika

Experience

Tadas Sileika has been leading applied and translational research in functional biomaterials as a PhD candidate, more recently applying the very concepts in industry. As a graduate student, Tadas was at the forefront of functional biomaterials research inspired by plant polyphenols. During his career in industry, he has focused on utilization of advanced materials and surface modifications for novel antimicrobial strategies in wound care and continence care, aimed at reducing infection, antimicrobial resistance, and ultimately improving the quality of patients’ lives. He has also worked on bringing life-saving medical devices to emerging markets.

His efforts have led to increased awareness and understanding of relevant etiologies behind urinary tract infections for intermittent catheter users. Working closely with a global team at Hollister Incorporated, Tadas has been actively disseminating the importance of antimicrobial resistance stewardship and advanced device development in addressing ongoing and future human health issues.

Tadas has also been engaging with the local and state communities to emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in education, dynamically mentoring students, interns, and co-op program members. He regularly speaks at community engagements and seminars on the importance of STEM.

Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. from Northwestern University
  • STW/STIA+ Systems Thinking Certification
  • Biotechnology Training Program Certification
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

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