Director’s Letter, January 2017 e-NEWS
By Dr. Craig Nessler
Because the ability to prevent and cure infectious diseases is vital to both public health and animal health, antimicrobial resistance poses a major challenge to our society — a challenge that agriculture must help meet through research.
We collaborate with our colleagues across The Texas A&M University System as well as with universities, organizations, and industries worldwide to deal with this issue and preserve decades of advancements in human and animal health. We have participated in Texas A&M University’s Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group, which has brought together over 200 faculty members who conduct research on every aspect of antimicrobial resistance. In addition, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges have created the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture, which advises the United States president’s Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
Scientists in Texas A&M AgriLife Research and their collaborators in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences seek to do all of the following and more:
- Expand the understanding of antimicrobial resistance.
- Extend the usefulness of existing antimicrobials or replace them with effective alternatives — without sacrificing human and animal health and food production.
- Emphasize innovation and the use of new scientific and mathematical tools.
- Design on-farm studies to determine the success of proposed policies and strategies.
Our work helps ensure that agriculture and medicine can continue to save lives, preserve animal agriculture and food production, and improve health worldwide.