Thank you to those who attended the 2019 GPEID Conference!
The eighth annual Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference took place on April 4th-5th, 2019, at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Just as in previous years, this conference served to bring together public health professionals, researchers, faculty, and students in microbiology, infectious diseases and related fields working in the Great Plains and Midwestern states. The GPEID Conference highlights basic, applied, epidemiological and translational research in biomedical and veterinary disciplines. Major topics may include but are not limited to antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, global health, healthcare-associated infections, molecular diagnostics and epidemiology, public health preparedness, and science communication.
We were pleased to announce Dr. Megin Nichols and Dr. Patrick McDermott as the keynote speakers for the 2019 GPEID conference!
Dr. Megin Nichols, DVM, MPH, DACVPM serves as the Enteric Zoonoses Activity Lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, she works on multistate outbreaks of Salmonella and E. coli resulting from exposure to animals and pet products. Dr. Nichols has focused her work on investigating multistate outbreaks of human illness linked to petting zoos, small turtles, livestock with strains of multidrug-resistant Salmonella, and pet food products (profile). Her keynote address will be on April 4th.
Dr. Patrick McDermott serves as director of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a position he has held since 2008. NARMS was established in 1996 as an interagency collaborative effort between the FDA, USDA, and CDC that tracks antibiotic resistance in bacteria from retail meats, food-producing animals, and human clinical cases of infection (profile). His keynote address will be on April 5th.
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