Antimicrobial Resistance: A Whole Food Chain Approach - Presentations

8th January 2015 

Over 100 people recently attended the latest in the Institute's series of high level workshops focused on antimicrobial resistance. The workshop, co-hosted with the UCD Centre for Food Safety, the National Zoonoses Committee and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, heard leading national and international experts explore the challenges posed by the increase in antimicrobial resistance along the food chain and also the threats from a public health perspective.

Copies of the presentations on the day can be downloaded below. A document outlining the outcomes of the discussion forum will be available shortly.

What do we know about the food chain? Professor Martin Cormican, Chair of Bacteriology, University Hospital Galway

The broader environment and its impact on the dissemination of anti-microbial resistance. Professor Herbert Hächler, Institute for Food Hygiene, VetSuisse, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Responsible use of veterinary antimicrobial agents: safeguarding animal health & welfare & public health Dr Joseph Collins, Veterinary Ireland

The Dutch experience. Dr Rens van Dobbenburg, Chief Veterinary Officer Europe, Henry Schein Inc.

Surveillance to link food-producing animals, the environment and human medicine as a progressive measure to limit future resistance problems. Professor Sarah O’Brien, Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, University of Liverpool, UK                                                 

What can we do to reverse antimicrobial resistance? Dr Marta Martins, Senior Research Fellow, UCD Centre for Food Safety & UCD Institute of Food and Health

AMR: Collective actions required in the Irish Agri-Food sector to address this global societal problem.  Mr Martin Blake, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Challenges facing clinical medicine arising from the reduced efficacy of antimicrobial agents. Dr. Robert Cunney, Consultant Microbiologist, National Clinical Lead, HCAI/AMR

Role of national animal health programmes in reducing demand for antimicrobials in the livestock sector Mr Joseph O’Flaherty, CEO, Animal Health Ireland

RUMA: Advocating prudent use of antimicrobial compounds. Mr John Fitzgerald, Secretary General, Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA), UK