Resistance: The Antibiotics Challenge,
An Atlantic Forum

March 16, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have proved to be extremely successful in curing disease; illnesses that were once fatal are now easily treatable. But now, health leaders are raising the alarm over the potential overuse of antibiotics in people and food animals, which has led to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance affects more than two million in the U.S. and is responsible for the deaths of more than 23,000 Americans each year.

In this forum, The Atlantic brought together key leaders to tackle the challenge of antibiotics in the 21st century. How can we best ensure the responsible use of antibiotics? Are regulations guiding the use of antibiotics in food animals sufficient to tackle growing antibiotic resistance? What is the likely impact on the meat industry as many fast food chains move toward phasing out the use of meat raised with antibiotics? What are the public health implications of the impending crisis in antibiotics effectiveness?

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  • Beth Bell
    Beth Bell Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Georges Benjamin
    Georges Benjamin Executive Director American Public Health Association
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Christine Daugherty
    Christine Daugherty Vice President, Sustainable Food Production Tyson Foods
  • Barry I. Eisenstein
    Barry I. Eisenstein Distinguished Physician, Antimicrobials Merck
  • Colby Ferguson
    Colby Ferguson Small Farmer and Director of Government Relations Maryland Farm Bureau
  • Wanda Filer
    Wanda Filer President American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • William T. Flynn
    William T. Flynn Deputy Director for Science Policy, Center for Veterinary Medicine FDA
  • Susan Vaughn Grooters
    Susan Vaughn Grooters Policy Analyst Keep Antibiotics Working
  • Christine Hoang
    Christine Hoang Assistant Director of the Division of Animal and Public Health American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Kathy Talkington
    Kathy Talkington Project Director, Antibiotic Resistance Project Pew Charitable Trusts


Note: All times are ET

  • Wednesday, March 16
  • 8:30 a.m.WelcomeEmily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
    John Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, National Pork Board
  • 8:40 a.m.Identifying ResistanceBeth Bell, Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    William T. Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S Food and Drug Administration
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:10 a.m.Farm to TableChristine Daugherty, Vice President of Sustainable Food Production, Tyson Foods
    Colby Ferguson, Hog Farmer; Government Relations Director, Maryland Farm Bureau
    Susan Vaughn Grooters, Policy Analyst, Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition
    Christine Hoang, Assistant Director of the Division of Animal and Public Health, American Veterinary Medical Association
    With Steve Clemons
  • 9:40 a.m.Efficacy: Treating with AntibioticsGeorges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
    Barry I. Eisenstein, Distinguished Physician, Antimicrobials, Merck
    Wanda Filer, President, American Academy of Family Physicians
    Kathy Talkington, Director, Antibiotics Resistance Project, Pew Charitable Trusts
    With Steve Clemons
  • 10:10 a.m.Closing RemarksEmily Akhtarzandi


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