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June 2, 2015

MSU researcher joins White House effort against antibiotic resistance

Bo Norby

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine associate professor Bo Norby has been selected to attend the White House One Health Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, which takes place today.

Bringing together key federal and private-sector stakeholders involved in the development, promotion and implementation of antibiotic stewardship activities, the event looks to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics nationwide.

“Norby’s invitation is a reflection of his leadership in research and interventions dedicated to prevent, detect and control illness and death related to infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” said John Baker, dean of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. “He is an integral member of the college's research team and we are honored that he is included in the forum on this issue so critical to human and animal health.”

Veterinarians play an important role in developing strategies to decrease the emergence of resistant bacteria, which is critical in preventing the spread of resistant infections. As a teacher, one of Norby’s goals for his students is to understand the clinical importance of public health, disease detection and antimicrobial resistance.

Last year, President Obama signed an executive order launching federal efforts to combat the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Administration also issued its National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which outlines steps the U.S. government will take to improve prevention, detection and control of resistant pathogens.

Norby’s research focuses on analytical epidemiology; ecology and transmission of antimicrobial–resistant bacteria in animal and human populations; as well as risk factors and intervention strategies for preharvest food safety in dairy cattle.



By: Casey Williamson