ISU Selected to Establish Bacteria Research Center

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ISU Selected to Establish Bacteria Research Center


AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University will establish and lead a new research center into antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a joint announcement Thursday from two university organizations.

The Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education will be based at the Ames campus. The institute's formation will be a result of a task force on antibiotic resistance in production agriculture created in 2014 by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Federal health officials have said antibiotic-resistant bacteria annually cause at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States. The misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and overprescription and patient noncompliance in human health care are leading contributors to the resistance problem, experts have said.

"Antimicrobial resistance touches each of us in our daily lives," said Dr. Paul Plummer, an Iowa State associate professor who will be the institute's executive director.

The institute's mission: serve as a national resource for coordinating and focusing research, education and effective interventions to prevent or reduce antibiotic-resistant bacteria affecting people, animals and the environment. …

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