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About the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative

Iowa State’s Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative was formed in 2015 to coordinate university-wide efforts to address the grand challenge of AMR. This research initiative has pulled together every ISU college, as well as USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, for a team of more than 60 investigators using systems-oriented and integrated approaches – research, education, and outreach – to tackle AMR’s growing threat. Read more about

Recent News

Catherine Logue
June 12, 2017

Iowa State director of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine Catherine Logue, who serves on AMR's steering committee, discusses a resistance gene, mcr-1, in a recent Nature article.

Brugia malayi
May 9, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies.

Vector-Borne Diseases
February 2, 2017

Iowa State University will take part in a new consortium aimed at producing research and training programs related to vector-borne diseases such as those transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks. The Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, funded by a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will provide new opportunities for collaboration and boost surveillance and prevention efforts regarding vector-borne disease, or illnesses spread by the bite of infected insects.

Antimicrobial Resistance
October 26, 2016

Antibiotics are one of humankind’s greatest life-saving discoveries, but the rise of antibiotic resistance is now one of our biggest threats. A new research initiative at Iowa State University takes on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, also called antimicrobial resistance (AMR), building teams of scientists from across areas of Iowa State’s longtime strengths – agriculture, biosciences, data science – to find solutions to AMR, a global grand challenge.

Michelle Soupir and Adina Howe
May 4, 2016

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Iowa State University has received a nearly $1 million grant to study antimicrobial resistance in animal production systems. The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will allow ISU researchers, along with personnel at USDA and Grinnell College, to advance the technological tools used to detect antimicrobial resistance and form strategies to slow its spread.