Anticipation is growing with the announcement of several guest speakers for the 2014 Antibiotics Symposium hosted by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA). Dr. Lonnie King, dean, College of Veterinarian Medicine at The Ohio State University and this year's keynote speaker, will be joined by Dr. Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Steve Solomon, CDC; Dr. Larry Granger, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS); Dr. Tom Chiller, CDC; and Dr. James Hughes, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Tauxe is the deputy director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at CDC. With degrees from Yale University and Vanderbilt Medical School, Dr. Tauxe completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Washington, then trained at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service for two years, and joined the CDC staff in 1985. His faculty appointments include the School of Public Health Department of International Health and the Department of Biology, both at Emory University.
Joining him from CDC is Dr. Solomon, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), in the Office of Infectious Diseases. He earned degrees from Rutgers and Tufts universities, and is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and preventive medicine. Prior joining CDC in 1981, Dr. Solomon was in the clinical practice of internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is currently a co-chair of the Federal Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance.
Dr. Granger leads the antimicrobial resistance program for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. With a degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University, he was in private practice for nine years before joining the Michigan Department of Agriculture as the Pseudorabies Eradication Program Manager. He held several positions within the Michigan Department of Agriculture before becoming Veterinary Services' associate deputy administrator for Emergency Management in 2003, a position he held until he became the director of Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health in 2006.
Also speaking from the CDC, Dr. Chiller is the associate director for Epidemiologic Science, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, NCEZID; he also serves as the deputy chief of the Mycotic Diseases Branch. Dr. Chiller received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his medical and public health degrees from Tulane University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas, Southwestern, and is board certified in infectious diseases. As a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory School of Medicine, he practices infectious diseases at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
Rounding out this group of guest speakers is Dr. Hughes, professor of Medicine and Public Health with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health, both at Emory University. He serves as the executive director of the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats; senior advisor, Emory Center for Global Safe Water; and senior scientific advisor for Infectious Diseases, International Association of National Public Health Institutes. Prior to joining Emory in 2005, Dr. Hughes worked for the CDC, and as a Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service.
Officially themed "Antibiotic Use and Resistance: Moving Forward Through Shared Stewardship," dates for the symposium have been set for Wednesday, Nov. 12-Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga., at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown hotel. More information about the Antibiotics Symposium and NIAA can be found at www.animalagriculture.org. NIAA's purpose is to provide a resource for individuals, organizations and the entire animal agriculture industry to obtain information, education and solutions for challenges facing animal agriculture.