Bottom Line Health spoke with ARAC's Chief Medical Officer, Cindy M. Liu, MD, PhD, MPH, a leading expert on the use and misuse of antibiotics and the growing dangers of antibiotic resistance.
The Growing Danger of Antibiotic Resistance
Larissa May, MD, MSPH, MSHS, is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Department and Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship at the University of California-Davis. She is a national expert in antibiotic stewardship in the emergency department (ED). Dr. May received her M.D., her MSPH in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and her MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research from The George Washington University. Dr. May’s research interests center on clinical infectious disease epidemiology and management, with a particular focus on the application of rapid molecular diagnostic assays, behavioral economics and clinical guidelines to improve antibiotic stewardship in acute care ambulatory settings.
Dr. May has served as an investigator on multiple federally-funded and industry-funded trials evaluating antimicrobial stewardship strategies in the ED and urgent care setting. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in her field. She has also served on numerous committees and task forces focused on antibiotic stewardship, emergency preparedness, and infectious diseases surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and professional organizations including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
Senior Research Associate
Naga Betrapally is a Senior Research Associate for ARAC where he uses Bioinformatics tools and methods to facilitate Reproducible Research in Genomic Epidemiology and Evolutionary Analysis, to identify evolutionary traits and patterns of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in food. He previously has worked as Post-doctoral Research Scholar at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and as a Research Fellow at Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Naga obtained his PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biologyfrom George Mason University (GMU) in 2017.
Abby Onos is a research assistant at ARAC. She assists with projects that explore the relationship between the human microbiome and pathogenic disease. Abby received her Bachelor's in Biological Sciences from Smith College in Northampton, MA where she also minored in studio art. As an undergraduate, she was part of a research group that aimed to unlock the microbial tree of life by studying biodiversity of environmental microbial communities.
McDonald's is Making A Major Change to the Beef Used in Most of Its Burgers
There Are Lots Of Antibiotics In The Beef Supply. McDonald's Vows To Change This
Antibiotic resistance poses a threat to global health and food security. And McDonald's — one of the globe's largest purchasers of beef — gets it: The more that antibiotics are given to livestock, the more quickly bacteria could adapt and become resistant to it. Ultimately, experts say this could render the drugs ineffective for people. ARAC Director Dr. Lance B. Price weighs in.
ARAC Applauds McDonald's New Global Beef Policy
December 11, 2018 -- For more than a year, ARAC staff has been advising McDonald's on a new policy it was recreating to limit the use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply chain. As the largest fast food company in the world, McDonald's has the ability to change markets and tackle the pressing public health issue of antibiotic resistance.
Drivers and Dynamics of Livestock-MRSA CC398 in Pigs and Humans in Denmark
Megan is Research Assistant at ARAC. After completion of her BA in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, Megan completed her Masters in Medical Laboratory Science in a year at the College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, where she also completed microbiology clinical rotations at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Hanna Rabanes is an undergraduate research assistant at ARAC, where she executes laboratory procedures in the study of antimicrobial resistance prevalence among bacterial isolates from retail meat. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She has had previous clinical experience as a patient care volunteer and research assistant volunteer at various hospitals. Her experience at ARAC has piqued her interest in the intersection of research and policy.