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Member Spotlight Recap: Exciting Opportunities Ahead for NIAMRRE

By Nicole Reynolds posted 02-22-2024 10:52 AM


The February Member Spotlight featured new faces on the NIAMRRE staff and a preview of what's to come in 2023. Though Dr. Paul Plummer could not join the rest of the staff, each team member took a moment to introduce themselves and highlight what they are most excited about in 2024. 

In the last six months, NIAMRRE has welcomed two new faces to the team. Hadley joined the team in September as the Communications Specialist. He has an extensive background in graphic design and marketing. Niki joined the team in November as the Member Development Specialist and has a marketing, strategy, and organizational leadership background. 

  • Dr. Kris Johansen, Associate Director of External Relations, shared she is most excited about the realization of the public/private AMR Dashboard project. 
  • Ali, the Research and Operations Administrator, expressed her excitement for the creation of a fee-for-service platform that will allow NIAMRRE to offer more programs and streamline payment operations for NIAMRRE. 
  • Dr. Sarah Al-Mazroa Smith, Education, and Training Coordinator, highlighted the 4H Youth program at Iowa State University, co-created with Dr. Amy Powell, that educates 4H participants on AMR regulations and responsible livestock stewardship. This program is soon to be a nationally syndicated 4H program.

In addition to new team members, NIAMRRE has also seen membership growth, now sitting at nearly 45 members; NIAMRRE continues to welcome new members each month. Look for new member announcements on our LinkedIn page and Member Spotlights. A great place to get acquainted with the NIAMRRE staff and new members is at the NIAMRRE Annual Conference!

This year, the NIAMRRE Annual Conference will be held May 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by The Ohio State University, attendees will engage in two and a half days of sessions focused on "Bridging the Gaps in AMR." Session highlights include: 

Keynote: Global Efforts to Address AMR by Dr. Scott Weese

Dr. Weese is a veterinary internist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital.


He is also a member of the Quadripartite Global Leaders Group on AMR, Chair of the WHO Advisory Group for Critically Important Antimicrobials in Human Medicine and a member of the Quadripartite’s AMR Multistakeholder Platform. He is coordinating a proposed Action Group for antimicrobial education through the Platform. He is also a member of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Group on AMR and the Ontario Public Health Emergencies Scientific Advisory Committee.

He runs the infectious disease website WormsAndGermsBlog (

Keynote: Reflections on OTC to Rx featuring Dr. Rosie Busch DVM, Veterinary Medicine Extension, University of California Davis. Dr. Busch is an expert in small ruminant animal health and disease mitigation whose work has included projects on improving antibiotic stewardship in dairy goats and on-farm antimicrobial drug-use practices for sheep.

Panel Sessions:

    • Breakthrough Discoveries
    • International Perspectives
    • Interprofessional Practice and Behavior Change


    • Collaborate with experts across the One Health spectrum in collaborative breakout sessions for research and education. 
    • Submit an abstract to present a lightning talk or display a poster (Deadline; March 15)
      • Student poster competition: The top three student posters will be awarded a monetary prize! 

The 2024 NIAMRRE Annual Conference is sure to be the best one yet. Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge of AMR and increase your network across all One Health sectors. Register today to save on early bird pricing. 

The topics covered above are just a tiny portion of all the impactful initiatives the NIAMRRE staff continues to work on. Watch the full recording to learn more about the valuable programs and services NIAMRRE has to offer its members.