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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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
Since the beginning of the COVID19 outbreak we conduct regular geographic assessments of the situation in Switzerland.
Due to the rapidly evolving situation these report are not peer reviewed