My Churchill Fellowship (2007) is my life's work. Aged 21 at a microbiology lecture, I had a 'lightbulb' moment! Nature has a balance between bacteria and viruses that destroy bacteria. My career was science teaching, then school leadership and management. On early retirement I picked up on those helpful viruses that can eradicate bacterial infections - even antibiotic-resistant infections. I met experts in Georgia (former Soviet Republic) and Poland as well as the US and Canada. I met MRSA hospital patients who would otherwise have suffered longer and died, so I spread the word about phage therapy. I co-authored a scientific review and a military history book. "Women in War - from home front to front line" is now in the Royal Library, on the Queen’s instructions. At the invitation of the Prime Minister’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance I also supplied two key documents. I have simple suggestions about how to move things forward worldwide, and especially in the UK.
Bacteriophages (phages) are ultra-microscopic waterborne viruses that infect and destroy only bacteria, so they have many applications, including medicine.