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EFFORT International Conference: How to control antimicrobial resistance in the food chain: Thank you!

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For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society. Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increase and develop our partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.
The National Food Institute, is a EU and WHO reference laboratorium for antimicrobial resistance, world leading in detection of antimicrobial resistance using both pheno- and genotyping methods, inclundig using whole genome sequencing.   NTU has capacity to performlarge scale bioinformatic analysis, and has made the first ever complete analysis of the human gut microbiome.
DTU will lead WP2 on molecular approaches for determining the molecular ecology and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance genes and WP7 Quantification of exposure to antimicrobial resistance through different transmission routes from animals to humans.
DTU will also contribute with experience in bridging the scientific disciplines microbiology, bioinformatics and ecological and epidemiological modelling and importantly the difficult process of dissemination from science to the official authorities and those responsible for taking actions.

Personnel Involved

Frank M. Aarestrup (WP2): Professor and head of the Genomic Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance (GMAR) unit which serves as reference laboratory for EU and WHO on AMR and conduct AMR research related to surveillance, susceptibility testing, ecology, treatment strategies, and genetic characterization.
Yvonne Agersø (WP2): Senior scientist in the GMAR unit has 15 year of experience with AMR in the food chain and the environment. She has more than 40 international papers and is responsible for the national monitoring of AMR in animals and meat and advices national and international authorities.
Tine Hald (WP7): Senior scientist and head of the epidemiological modelling (EM) unit, which comprises 12 scientists working with foodborne disease epidemiology and risk modelling. The unit perform quantitative risk assessments, temporal-spatial analysis, risk factor studies and develop new approaches for quantitative microbial risk assessment and human illness source attribution -an area where they have the world lead.