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HEALTH GEOGRAPHY AND POLICY GROUP

 

WHAT WE DO ?

The Health Policy and Geography Group is based at the Institute for Environmental Decisions at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. We work on diseases of global importance that impact animal production, human health, and the environment.

 
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MAPS OF  ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN  ANIMALS

Our core focus is on mapping antimicrobial resistance rates in low- and middle-income countries. We use ensemble geospatial modeling in combination with point prevalence surveys published by the veterinary community across the world.

Is the largest open-access online repository for animal point prevalence surveys on antimicrobial resistance. See our video to share your survey with the community.

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GEOGRAPHY OF RESISTANCE GENES IN FOOD PATHOGENS

We use publicly available genomic data to understand the spread of AMR genes in E.coli and Salmonella. Our objective is to identify associations between phenotypic resistance and resistance genes  as well as the socio-economic drivers of their dissemination around the world.

ANTIMICROBIAL USE IN AQUACULTURE

Aquaculture is expected to surpass capture fisheries in the next 5 year. This has potentially important implication for the development of antimicrobial resistance. To anticipate this shift, and estimate the contribution of fish to the overall resistance problem we are currently reviewing the global trends in antimicrobial use in aquaculture. Picture wikipedia.org

ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN PIG PRODUCTION IN THAILAND.

We study the spatial relationships between antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use in animals using data from field surveys in Khon Kaen Province. In collaboration with Uppsala Agricultural University (SLU), we investigate how knowledge and attitudes of small and large-scale farmers influences the risk of colonization by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. This project is funded by the JPI-AMR

Our work is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, The Branco Weiss foundation, and the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance.

WHO WE ARE?

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Thomas Van Boeckel is a spatial epidemiologist working at ETH Zurich as an SNF assistant professor. He is also a visiting fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics Economics and Policy. He has previously held positions at Princeton, Oxford, and originally obtained his PhD in from the Free University of Brussels.

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Joao do Couto Pires is a Pharmacist primarily interested in molecular epidemiology of multidrug-resistant organisms at the human-animal interface. Joao is the data manager of resistancebank.org

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Cheng Zhao is a PhD student working with computational methods to map   antimicrobial resistance, and inform surveillance efforts. She has been previously involved in a few soil microbiological studies in the agricultural context. In general, she is fascinated by how agricultural activities change the microbial world, which in turn influences the human society

Nicola Criscuolo is a PhD student with a background in plant diversity and evolution. He uses multivariate statistical methods and builds interactive web applications to analyze large datasets. He is the developer of the resistancebank.org

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Dan Schar is a veterinarian who recently  started a PhD co-supervised by Thomas Van Boeckel at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) on the quantification of antimicrobial use (AMU) and resistance (AMR) in aquaculture.

Laura Huber is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Her main interest is to research the impact of antimicrobial use in animal production on the prevalence and genetic variability of multidrug-resistant organisms and its potential affect on human, environmental, and animal health. She will join the group in January 2020.

Katie Tiseo is a research assistant that received her MPH in hospital and molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 2019. Her primary research interests lie in infectious disease epidemiology, with a focus on AMR data acquisition.  She will join the group in January 2020.

Giulia Brunelli is a graduate student in Mathematics with a master's degree in Statistics. She is interested in the application of mathematical and statistical models in the biomedical field. In January 2020 she will start her PhD to produce maps of AMR, and AMR transmission models in Europe .

Yu Wang is a Food Science student working as research assistant  on antimicrobial resistance. She collects epidemiological data from the Chinese scientific literature for terrestrial animals and aquaculture.

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JOIN THE GROUP

We welcome spontaneous applications from prospective PhD students, and postdocs.

 

PUBLICATIONS

A complete list of publications of the group is available here.

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Global trends in antimicrobial resistance in animals in low- and middle-income countries. Science  20 Sep 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6459.

Reducing antimicrobial use in food animals.
Science  29 Sep 2017:Vol. 357, Issue 6358.

Global trends in antimicrobial use in food animals.
PNAS May 5, 2015 112 (18) 5649-5654

Global antibiotic consumption 2000 to 2010: an analysis of national pharmaceutical sales data.
LID Volume 14, issue 8 August 2014, Pages 742-750

 

MEDIA

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China's Love of Meat Is Driving Global Antibiotic Usage

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Crucial antibiotics still used on US farms despite public health fears

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A Plan To Reduce Antibiotic (Ab)use By The Global Meat Industry

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Antibiotika: Sauberer, teurer, weniger!

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How deadly is your butter chicken?

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Three-quarters of antibiotics are used on animals. Here's why that's a major problem

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Here's How to Cut Antibiotic Use in Animals

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Pharmalot:  Can the U.S. Really Curtail Antibiotic Use in Livestock and Thwart Superbugs?

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What to expect from today's UN meeting on antibiotic resistance

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Antibiotics to grow farm animals raise superbug risk

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“We need to stop talking: we need to start acting”: The Global Superbug Crisis event in Westminster

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The Antibiotics Problem in Meat

 

WHERE?

The Health Geography and Policy Group is hosted by the Institute for Environmental Decisions at ETH Zurich.

Address

Building SOL

Sonneggstrasse 33
8092 Zurich

Switzerland

 
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