Conference on Food Safety and Public Health Frontier:

Minimizing Antibiotic Resistance Transmission through the Food Chain

April 2-3, 2009, Washington DC


Conference Venue:

Embassy Suites- Crystal City - National Airport

1300 Jefferson Davis Highway.

Arlington, VA 22202

Tel: 1-703-979-9799  

Fax: 1-703-920-5947


Conference Scope:


The occurrence of antibiotic resistant microbes in the food chain is becoming a global food safety and public health concern. The goal of this conference is to bring together scientists from academia, government agencies and industry to address this issue. The conference will provide a multidisciplinary platform to address the antibiotic resistance (AR) issue as it relates to the food chain, focusing on commensal bacteria and pathogenic bacteria in AR evolution, maintenance and transmission. The conference will discuss risk assessment and AR reduction strategies, propose future research directions, and develop education and outreach approaches for the industry, regulators, public health authorities and consumers to combat the AR problem worldwide.


Session Topics:


   ●   Antibiotic resistance in microbial communities

   ●   Antibiotic resistance in the food chain

   ●   Antibiotic resistance transmission and persistence

   ●   Risk management approaches

   ●   Extension and outreach: integrated control strategies


Organization Committee:


Hua H. Wang, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)

Food Science, Microbiology, Human Nutrition

The Ohio State University


John Sofos, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)

Center for Meat Safety & Quality

Food Safety Cluster

Colorado State University


Thaddeus B. Stanton, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)

National Animal Disease Center



Timothy J. Buckley, Ph.D.

School of Public Health

The Ohio State University


Michael P. Doyle, Ph.D.

Center for Food Safety
University of Georgia


D. Ramkishan Rao, Ph.D. (ad hoc member, NIFSI program officer)

Food Safety, Processing Technology



Donald W. Schaffner, Ph.D.

Food Science and Nutrition

The State University of New Jersey-Rutgers


Thomas R. Shryock, Ph.D.

Elanco Animal Health

Eli Lilly and Company


Mary E. Torrence, DVM, Ph.D., DACVPM
Food Safety, National Program


Qijing Zhang, Ph.D., BVSc

Veterinary Microbiology & Preventive Medicine

Iowa State University




Preliminary Program


-Discounted registration rate by 01/30/2009

Abstract submission

Due to request, abstract submission deadline has been extended to March 1, 2009

    -Abstract submission guidelines

Hotel Accommodations

    -In order to get the group rate, please use group code “UDA” for your reservation.

Poster Instruction


Contacts for questions


Share Discoveries ● Meet Colleagues ● Provide Inputs to the Funding Agency ● Combat the AR Challenge

Co-sponsored by USDA-CSREES, OARDC, OSU extension