Collaboration Session

Collaboration Session

Tuesday, April 20 1:00 - 3:00 pm central daylight time

Collaboration at NIAMRRE: How Can We Help?

1:00-1:15 pm

Collaboration is the underpinning of everything we do at NIAMRRE. Learn about the resources we have available to help facilitate cross-sector collaboration for your teams.

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Paul Plummer

Dr. Plummer is Executive Director of NIAMRRE as well as a Professor and Anderson Chair in Veterinary Science in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. He also serves as the current Director of the Midwest AMR Consortium. His academic role as both a board-certified food animal internal medicine and infectious disease specialist coupled with a PhD in veterinary microbiology, and his leadership of an active research laboratory, place him at the intersection of translational research focused on AMR. In addition he serves as a voting member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Combatting Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria (PAC-CARB) and serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Antimicrobials.

Successful Cross-Sector Collaborations in the AMR Space: Two Case Studies

1:15-2:15 pm

What do successful cross-sector collaborations look like? First hear from Iowa State University and RTI International, who worked together to create a prototype dashboard that seeks to capture AMR resistance testing performed in veterinary diagnostic labs, including both food producing animals and companion animals. Then, learn about a partnership between Farm Foundation, PEW Charitable Trust, Hormel, FDA and others on a campaign surrounding the veterinary feed directive. This partnership included workshops, other dialogues, publications, and PR work.

Case One

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Dr. Amanda Kreuder, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)

Iowa State University

Dr. Amanda Kreuder received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2008, and then returned to ISU following 2 years in private large animal practice to complete a residency in large animal internal medicine in 2014 and a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology in 2016. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine at ISU where after spending 9 yrs providing clinical services in the Food Animal and Camelid Hospital at ISU, she recently transitioned to focusing on antimicrobial resistance research, teaching and service within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Juliana Martins Ruzante

RTI International

Dr. Ruzante, a public health veterinarian with 20 years of expertise in food safety and epidemiology of foodborne diseases, is a research public health analyst in RTI International’s Center for Health and Environmental Modeling where she develops strategies to expand RTI’s work in the area of food safety and antimicrobial resistance by fostering partnerships across institutes and organizations. She is responsible for identifying and pursuing new funding and research opportunities and also manages and provides technical advice to several projects in food safety, antimicrobial resistance, and public health. Dr. Ruzante has served on advisory committees, including the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Advisory Committee, as well as expert meetings organized by the National Academies, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Ruzante is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Public Health at San Diego State University.

Case Two

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Timothy Brennan
Farm Foundation

Timothy Brennan is Vice President for External Relations at Farm Foundation, a nearly 90-year-old non-profit organization with a mission to build trust and understanding at the intersection of agriculture and society. Prior to joining Farm Foundation in 2013, Tim held several different roles at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Tim grew up on a small farm in northeastern Ohio and currently manages his own hobby farm on just outside of Chicago.

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Karin Hoelzer

Dr. Hoelzer currently serves as Senior Director, Public Health at Maximus, helping government clients fight the COVID-19 pandemic. As a veterinarian and infectious disease experts, she brings over fifteen years of public health research and policy experience, including working for the Pew Charitable Trusts and FDA. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with concentrations in Epidemiology and Biometry from Cornell University and a DVM degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. She is also the Executive Director for the DC Veterinary Medical Association, and a Scientific Editor for Elsevier.

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Joe Swedberg
Farm Foundation, Retired Hormel Foods

Joe C. Swedberg retired as vice president of legislative affairs for Hormel Foods Corporation in April, 2015. In this capacity, he oversaw all state and federal legislative affairs as well as regulatory affairs and packaging design for the company. He was with Hormel for 34 years, advancing through his career in sales and marketing roles. Swedberg has served and held leadership roles with several agricultural and community-focused boards, including: Farm Foundation Board, Round Table Fellow, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, Advisory Leadership Circle for the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Zoo, and Austin YMCA Board of Directors. An Iowa native, Swedberg grew up on a cattle and grain farm. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Facilitated Discussion: Collaboration

2:15-3:00 pm

Break into small groups to discuss with your peers NIAMRRE-supported collaboration. Come prepared to answer these questions: What gaps in resources exist for productive collaboration? What events spur collaboration (currently or potential events)? What kind of support can NIAMRRE provide in your collaboration efforts?