AMR Course: History of Public Attitudes Toward Microbial Diseases

Antimicrobials have revolutionized modern medicine and saved millions of lives. However, the microbial evolutionary response to an increase in antimicrobial compounds has been a period of rapid adaptation that threatens the efficacy of these vital drugs for human and animal health. The causes and repercussions of this growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are highly complex, which is why any attempt to address the issue should utilize a one health approach across the mutually dependent spheres of human, animal, and environmental health. That is why the national extension team iAMResponsible teaches a multi-university virtual course on antimicrobial resistance across the one health spectrum. It is also why the team is sharing some of the course material here – because everyone needs to know about AMR!

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Risk-Based Approach to Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections have been recognized globally as a significant threat to public health. In response to this crisis, wide-ranging research efforts are underway into the mechanisms of AMR development, AMR control, improved medical diagnostics, and the development of new medicines to stay ahead of resistant bacterial populations. One research area that is important for combining everything that is being learned about how AMR species and genes are behaving in the world is risk modeling. 

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Introduction to Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been recognized globally as a significant threat to public health. The causes and repercussions of growing AR are highly complex, which is why attempts to address the issue must utilize a One-Health (systems connecting the health of people, animals, and their shared environment) approach. That is why the national extension team iAMResponsible teaches a multi-university virtual course on antimicrobial resistance across the one health spectrum. It is also why the team is sharing some of the course material here – because everyone needs to know about AMR!

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Antimicrobial Resistance is Native to the Environment

Germs are everywhere, some resistant to medical treatment

When I was a kid, I remember being called inside for lunch on a summer day and hearing, “Wash your hands! You’ve been playing in the dirt!” Of course, we all grew up knowing that dirty hands can spread germs. But, I didn’t know until I was much older that the same soil that made my hands dirty was also the source of some pretty amazing medicines. Continue reading “Antimicrobial Resistance is Native to the Environment”