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Ohio State group tackles antibiotic resistance

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Antibiotic resistance working group formed at Ohio State

During the 20th Century, the discovery and
subsequent use of penicillin and other antibiotics saved millions of lives. In
the 21st Century, a history of apparent overuse and misuse of
antibiotics are creating a new problem: antibiotic resistance, which could lead
to our inability to treat bacterial infections that were previously
controllable.  

Concerns about the growing problem of antibiotic resistance
reached the highest level of government action at the White House in early June,
when the Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted a forum on the issue.
More than 150 public and private organizations in higher education,
pharmaceuticals, health care and production agriculture announced their support
of efforts to establish methods of disease prevention, surveillance, detection,
diagnosis and treatment that avoid antibiotic use when possible.

Ohio State is at the forefront of grappling with the complex
issue of antibiotic resistance. Dr. Tom Wittum, professor in the Department of
Veterinary Preventive Medicine is leading an interdisciplinary working group
with members from across campus who are engaged in applicable research. This
type of discourse is driven by strong disciplinary experts who work at the forefront
of new discovery and understanding.

With nationally recognized comprehensive human and
veterinary medical centers, seven health science colleges engaged in a One
Health strategy, partners in food science, agriculture, business, public
policy, and law, Ohio State is well-positioned to lead the conversation and
provide strong recommendations for meeting this challenge by incorporating a
One Health strategy.

Representatives of several colleges are currently engaged in
regular discussions. More participants would be welcome, and should contact Tom
Wittum for additional information (wittum.1@osu.edu)

College of Veterinary
Medicine (vet.osu.edu)

Hoet Armando,
associate professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Habing, Gregory G.,
assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Stull, Jason W.,
assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Daniels, Joshua,
associate professor - clinical, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences  
Gebreyes,
Wondwossen
, professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine;
director, Global Health Programs
Wittum, Thomas,
professor and associate chair, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

College of Food,
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and (cfaes.osu.edu),
Ohio Agricultural
Research and Development Center (OARDC, oardc.osu.edu), 
College of Veterinary
Medicine (vet.osu.edu)

LeJeune,
Jeffrey
, professor, director, Food Animal Health Research Program
Rajashekara,
Gireesh
, assistant professor, Food Animal Health Research Program     

College of Medicine (medicine.osu.edu)

Stevenson,
Kurt
, professor, Department of Internal Medicine 
Hall-Stoodley,
Luanne
, research associate professor, Department of Microbial Infection and
Immunity
Pancholi,
Preeti
, associate clinical professor, Department of Pathology 
Stoodley,
Paul
, professor, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity 
Wang,
Shu-Hua
, associate professor & physician, Infectious Diseases &
Division of Epidemiology 
Wozniak,
Daniel
, professor, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity

College of Pharmacy (pharmacy.osu.edu)

Bauer,
Karri
, specialty practice pharmacist, Infectious Diseases
Reed,
Erica
, specialty practice pharmacist, Infectious Diseases

College of Nursing (nursing.osu.edu)

Landers,
Timothy F. (Tim)
, assistant professor, College of Nursing 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 5:09pm

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