Advocacy Session

Advocacy Session

Tuesday, April 20 10:30 am - 12:00 pm central daylight time

AMR Priorities in the Federal Agency Landscape

10:30-11:00 am

AMR is a global issue, and United States agencies across the One Health spectrum are working to address AMR. In this session, representatives from NIH, USDA, and EPA will discuss their agency’s commitment to the new Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) National Action Plan.


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Erica Bizzell


Dr. Bizzell is a microbiologist with expertise in bacteriology, infectious diseases, and vaccinology. She is currently an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow (STPF) in the Bacteriology and Mycology Branch of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases at the NIH. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from Emory University.

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Jay Garland

US EPA Office of Research & Development

Dr. Garland received a Ph.D. in Environment Science from the University of Virginia and spent over 20 years working on NASA’s efforts to develop closed, bioregenerative life support systems for extended human spaceflight. Since joining EPA in 2011, has focused on advancing innovative approaches to water infrastructure, including decentralized water reuse, and mitigating risks associated with antimicrobial resistance in the water cycle.

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Chelsey Shivley, DVM, PhD, DACAW

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

Dr. Shivley is currently the Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinator for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. Prior to this, Dr. Shivley spent 3 years working on the National Animal Health Monitoring System team, focused on collecting data on antimicrobial use and resistance in animal agriculture. Dr. Shivley served as an AVMA/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in 2016-2017, working on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Shivley completed her undergraduate and veterinary degrees at Michigan State University. She then completed her PhD in Animal Behavior and Welfare at Colorado State University with Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Shivley is also board certified in the American College of Animal Welfare.

Q&A Panelists

Dennis M. Dixon
Dennis M. Dixon, PhD


Dr. Dixon is Chief of the Bacteriology and Mycology Branch, NIAID, NIH. He serves on numerous advisory panels related to biosafety, biosecurity, and dual use research, including the Intragovernmental Select Agents and Toxins Technical Advisory Committee, National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, Trans-Atlantic Task Force on AMR, Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Task Force, and Joint Oversight Committee for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator. He is the NIH representative on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group. He received his Ph.D in microbiology from the Medical College of Virginia and held academic positions at Loyola College (Baltimore), the University of Maryland Medical School and Albany Medical College. He was a Visiting Scientist at Hoffman LaRoche (Switzerland) and Director for the Mycology Reference Laboratory, NY State Dept. of Health.

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Jane Knisely


Dr. Knisely is a Program Officer in the Bacteriology and Mycology Branch of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH, where she oversees scientific programs related to antimicrobial resistance and antibacterial drug development. Currently, Jane is the Program Officer for NIAID’s Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group, which conducts clinical research to reduce the threat of antibacterial resistance. Jane is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, the Presidential Advisory Council on Combatting Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB), and the CARB Task Force. Jane holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Advocating for AMR and a One Health Approach

11:00-11:15 am

Federal relations advisors working with NIAMRRE invite you to learn more about NIAMRRE’s role in the advocacy space. Topics covered include the structural approach to advocacy, the advocacy timeline, and upcoming opportunities to get involved. This session will prepare you for the facilitated discussion taking place immediately following.

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Kevin Cain

American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

Kevin Cain is currently the Director for Governmental Affairs for the AAVMC, a position he has held for the past eight years. He moved to Washington in 1999 and worked on Capitol Hill for two Members of Congress from his home state of Georgia, before moving on to work in healthcare policy for the National Health Council and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kevin is a consumer of all things political, becoming interested in politics at the age of ten! He and his husband live in Washington and are owned by a somewhat cranky 11 year old boxer named Scout.

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Matt Hammons

University of Nebraska

Matt Hammons is Assistant Vice President for External Relations and Director of Federal Relations at the University of Nebraska. Matt leads the University of Nebraska system's federal relations team and represents the University and its four campuses on a wide range of federal policy and funding issues. He actively works with federal policymakers and Congressional staff, national associations, and colleagues at universities across the country. Matt has served in national leadership roles with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Governmental Affairs and as a board member of The Science Coalition. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska in 2000, Matt worked in global trade and executive search firms in Washington, DC. Matt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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Sophia Magill

Iowa State University

Sophia Magill serves as Director of Federal Relations in the Office of the President at Iowa State University. She advocates on behalf of Iowa State University’s federal priorities by promoting research, higher education, and science activities in an effort to increase federal support and expand awareness of the University in Washington, D.C. Sophia is actively engaged in the higher education community, has served as chair of the Council on Government Affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and on the Council on Federal Relations Steering Committee at the Association of American Universities (AAU). She is a native Iowan and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Iowa State University, where she served as Student Government President. Sophia also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Facilitated Discussion: AMR Advocacy

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Break into small groups to discuss with your peers AMR-focused advocacy. Facilitated discussions will address identifying priority focus areas, relationships for building champions, and promoting NIAMRRE's strengths. Government relations experience not necessary for a productive and engaging discussion.