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NIAMRRE Welcomes Inaugural Leadership Council

By Erica Baker posted 02-04-2021 11:00 PM


The National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE) announced the appointment of leaders in the field of antibiotic resistance (AMR) to its newly-formed Leadership Council.

“Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time,” said NIAMRRE Executive Director, Paul Plummer. “We are thrilled to have these distinguished individuals addressing AMR knowledge gaps in the areas of antimicrobial use, stewardship, and resistance.”

The eleven inaugural members bring private, public, and academic sector experience to the council. The NIAMRRE Leadership Council is comprised of:

  • Mike Boehm, PhD—University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Peter Dorhout, PhD—Iowa State University, Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD—George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Greg Frank, PhD—Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Lonnie King, DVM, MS, MPA, DACVPM—The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Andrew T. Maccabe, DVM, MPH, JD— American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (ex-officio)
  • Jean E. McLain, PhD—University of Arizona, Department of Environmental Science
  • Robin Patel, MD, D(ABMM), FIDSA, FACP, F(AAM)—Mayo Clinic
  • R. L. ‘Rick’ Sibbel, DVM—Executive Veterinary & Health Solutions LLC
  • Douglas L. Steele, PhD— Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, Office of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (ex-officio)
  • Catherine Woteki, PhD—Iowa State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and University of Virginia, Biocomplexity Institute

NIAMRRE offers a heartfelt thank you to the members of the Interim Executive Advisory Board for dedicating the past two years to laying the groundwork for a permanent council’s development.

“Collaboration is essential to find solutions for this global health threat,” said Plummer. “The interim board was able to work with us to ensure NIAMRRE had a foundation to work toward some specific initiatives laid out in the U.S. National Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance.”

The NIAMRRE Leadership Council officially commenced on February 1, 2021. Members will provide oversight of administrative and fiduciary accountability and apply a high-level, national and global perspective to NIAMRRE strategies and program prioritization.

To learn about the NIAMRRE Leadership Council, visit