Principal Research Scientist
London Research and Development Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Title of talk
Factors determining the selection and dynamics of antibiotic resistance in farming systems
A native of Montréal, Ed obtained his PhD from the Department of Microbiology at the University of Minnesota in 1988. Ed is a principal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and has courtesy professorship appointments in the Department of Biology at the University of Western Ontario in London Canada, and the Department of Soil and Water Sciences at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Ed’s research concerns the interface between agriculture and human and environmental health and has generated over 260 co-authored publications. In the last decade he has notably led several national studies concerning the fate and management in agro-ecosystems of pharmaceuticals and pathogenic and antibiotic-resistant bacteria carried in organic fertilizers of animal and human [biosolids] origin. Ed has organized a number of international workshops and conference sessions concerning antibiotic resistance, agriculture, and the environment. He is the project coordinator for the Genomics Research and Development Initiative project on antimicrobial resistance, a key component of the innovation pillar of the Canadian Federal Framework for action on antimicrobial resistance. Ed is a member of the Science Advisory Board for JPIAMR, and a designated FAO/WHO “expert” for foodborne antimicrobial resistance. He is a Past-President  of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, recently received the AAFC ‘Gold Harvest Award’ for career achievement, the Canadian Public Service Award for Excellence for research contributions and was elected to the Academie d’Agriculture de France.