An interdisciplinary, international consortium has been formed to study antimicrobial resistance in Iceland, a unique and ideal location to study this growing public health threat. The consortium will undertake a national scale One Health study to advance our understanding of how antimicrobial-resistant bacteria from environmental sources, such as food and food animals, could impact human health.
The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC), based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, is one of the leads of the consortium. The consortium will conduct a national study to map out antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in diverse settings, including the major species of domestic food animals, as well as both domestic and imported meats in Iceland, and compare them to the bacteria causing infections in Icelandic residents over the next five years.
“The ecology of antimicrobial resistance is complex outside of the laboratory, so we’re starting in Iceland – a relatively small, geographically-isolated country with an excellent public health infrastructure – to start chipping away at this issue,” said Dr. Lance B. Price, founding director of ARAC. “It’s refreshing to work in a country, where everyone shares such a strong commitment to public health and to the global fight against antimicrobial-resistant infections. I couldn’t be more excited about this project.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 13