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UNC: Hosts Water Microbiology Conference

The 2019 Water Microbiology Conference will create a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health issues to come together around the intersection of the two. This year’s conference will blend interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials. The focus is on water microbiology from watershed to human exposure, including current concerns in recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, emerging technologies and quantitative tools.

Participants will have a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, debate challenging topics and explore potential collaborations. Management of the Water Microbiology Conference is led by Drs. Mark Sobsey, Jamie Bartram, Rachel Noble and Jill Stewart of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, and is guided by an international panel of experts.

Immediately preceding this year’s conference is a full-day workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance in a One Health World, featuring keynote speakers Dr. Antoine Andremont (Emeritus Professor at the Paris Diderot University Medical School) and Laura Marin (Head of the Secretariat of  The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance or JPIAMR).

The purpose of this workshop is to assemble international experts in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to develop and advance a one health framework toward combating the spread of AMR and protecting human, animal and environmental health. Four interrelated sessions on Surveillance, Sources, Risk, and Disaster Resilience and Sustainability will feature invited panel speakers, group discussion and break-outs. Together, participants will identify knowledge and research gaps as well as opportunities to improve and advance policy that helps prevents the spread of AMR.