4th International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance

13–17 August 2017 • Lansing, Michigan (United States)

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Welcome Note

James Tiedje
Shannon Manning

Dear friends and colleagues,

The threat of antibiotic resistant pathogens has long been recognized, at least by scientists, but only recently has the threat of multidrug resistant strains become broadly recognized to motivate action by leaders in governments as well as by the public. Necessary action includes research to define the scope of the problem including its various sources, the impacts of current practices in the different use sectors, assessment of the global nature of the problem, and identifying mitigation and stewardship practices.

EDAR-1, held in Canada in 2012, was a stimulating international effort to address the environmental aspect of this problem, which continued with EDAR-2 in China in 2013 and with EDAR-3 in Germany in 2015. These meetings have grown in size and interest as they enabled the international exchange of research findings. Addressing the environmental aspect of antimicrobial resistance, as a complement to efforts in the medical arena, helps to ensure that all critical aspects of the problem are addressed and treated holistically.

Many of the expanded global research programs will be reaching the first stage of maturity in 2017 making the EDAR-4 meeting very timely for sharing research outcomes as well as identifying the next stage needs to protect public health. To meet these goals, the program is divided into three sections with day 1 focused on the advances in the fundamental aspects of AMR; days 2 & 3, on the advances in characterizing sources and mitigation in different use sectors, the concluding day focused on human impact, risk assessment, and policy implications.

We hope your discussions with old and new colleagues stimulated by the talks and posters will lead to new ideas with important implications for human health. We welcome you to Michigan State University, a pioneer land grant university, founded in 1855.  MSU has 50,300 students from 133 countries; 11,200 are graduate students or in professional schools, e.g. Medicine. Please also enjoy our beautiful campus.

Best wishes,

James M. Tiedje                       
Conference Chair                       
Director, Center for Microbial Ecology                
University Distinguished Professor of Plant,            
Soil and Microbial Sciences, and of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University (MSU)

Shannon Manning
Conference Co-Chair
University Foundation Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University (MSU)