This post was authored by Dr. Tomoko Steen, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Dr. Lance B. Price will be speaking at the Library of Congress about the science and politics behind the use of antibiotics in hospitals and in farming, a most timely topic. On September 21, 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly convened a one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York City on “Antimicrobial Resistance,” with the participation of Member States, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, and academic institutions providing input. Serious outbreaks of antibiotic resistant strains such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant enterococci VRE), and several others have become a world-wide concern including in the United States. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics in food-animal production (fish, chicken, pork, and beef) also contribute to the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, according to Dr. Price.
Dr. Price is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. He is also the director of the Center for Microbiomics and Human Health at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a non-profit based in Arizona. Dr. Price received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. This lecture is cosponsored by the Library of Congress Office of Health Services.
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Place: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, no reservations needed!
For inquiries about this program contact Dr. Tomoko Steen in the Science, Technology & Business Division at [email protected] or the division office at: 202-707-1212. Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].