In 2014, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) launched a joint Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance (AMR) in Production Agriculture. The task force released a report the following year offering an array of research and education recommendations designed to address the problem utilizing a One Health approach. One Health is an emerging approach in healthcare that involves veterinarians, physicians, and other scientific experts working closely together to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. The report called for the creation of a National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE) to coordinate the implementation of the report’s recommendations.
In July 2018, after a national search for host institutions and evaluation of nine high quality proposals, a pre-existing regional Antimicrobial Resistance Consortium based at Iowa State University was selected to develop NIAMRRE. Key players in the early consortium included the University of Iowa, the United States Department of Agriculture National Center for Animal Health, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha, and Mayo Medical Clinic in Rochester, MN. Initial funding for the institute was provided by Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NIAMRRE is branded as a separate, inclusive institute representing academia, commodity, and industry groups in order to solve AMR challenges.
We value the input and involvement of all stakeholder groups and hope that you will join our mission to solve AMR challenges using a One Health approach. Cross-disciplinary participation helps to bridge resources and knowledge gaps and create sustainable progress. We are currently evaluating potential governance structures and membership models that have worked for similar entities. Important factors in that evaluation include shared governance with partners, engagement, transparency, and sustainability. Stay tuned for more specific information on membership opportunities and a new website coming soon! Read more about