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Kansas State University Researchers Attack Antibiotic Resistance

( - MANHATTAN - Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the issue to keep humans and animals healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause 2 million illnesses and approximately 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S., according to the White House's March 2015 "National Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria."

Kansas State University's Mike Apley, a professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, and Brian Lubbers, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology and director of microbiology at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, both study antimicrobial resistance and have gained national recognition for their work.

"If there is a clear public health risk of using an antibiotic in food animals, we must make some hard choices as to how and if that antibiotic should be used in these animals," Apley said. "We also don't want to see an antibiotic removed in the name of human health when it really doesn't affect human health and the removal harms our ability to care for animals. Antibiotics are a key tool for veterinarians and producers to protect the health and welfare of the animals used for food."

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Due to shared efforts against emergency preparedness and response, Leah Dorman started her partnership with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture in 2007 along with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Dorman has held several leadership roles in her time including Co-Chair to the Animal Health & Emergency Management Council, Antibiotics Council and 2012 Antibiotics Symposium. Along with attending several NIAA Annual Conferences and Antibiotic Symposia, she has been a member of the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference Planning committee and received the NIAA President's Award in 2013. The President's Award is presented to an NIAA committee leader who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving NIAA, she was selected along with Dr. Jennifer Koeman for their work as co-chairs of the 2012 Antibiotics Symposium. Dorman has also been a member of the NIAA Board of Directors for the past four years.

Recently Dorman started at Phibro Animal Health and continues her commitment and membership with NIAA.

"NIAA and Phibro have a similar mission to find solutions to advance animal agriculture through the improvement of animal health and well-being, while promoting a healthy, affordable food supply," Dorman said.

Dorman is the Director of Food Integrity and Consumer Engagement of Phibro Animal Health. In this role she provides balanced information about important food and animal agriculture issues, including the responsible use of antibiotics across the entire food chain.

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