For the past 15 years, a new infectious disease has been discovered nearly every year, with an outbreak reported on nearly every continent. These threats of pandemic diseases, food-borne illnesses, climate change, and global trade and transit underscore the importance of addressing the complexity of infectious diseases and public health preparedness. It requires more than collaboration.
The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has officially designated The Ohio State University Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) as an International Reference Centre for antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This designation recognizes the global impact of Ohio State's comprehensive clinical, research, and education programs addressing antimicrobial use, resistance, and stewardship. The Ohio State IDI is the only institution in the Pan-American region to receive this prestigious designation and is one of only five FAO AMR reference centers designated worldwide. Dr. Thomas Wittum, professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, will lead the international AMR reference center at OSU as co-director of the IDI's AMR thematic program.
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