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SVMBS researchers provide expertise to antimicrobial resistance research

Ninety-five faculty members at the 10 academic member institutions currently provide expertise as NIAMRRE Scientists, and this includes SVMBS faculty Rodney Moxley, Dustin Loy and Raul Barletta.

Dr. Rodney Moxley, Dr. Dustin Loy and Dr. Raul Barletta

Antibiotics are among the most commonly used and most effective treatments for bacterial and fungal infections in people and animals. Unfortunately, all sectors of medicine are reporting increased resistance of these microorganisms to antibiotics. The reasons for this increased resistance are multifactorial and not completely understood. National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE) is an organization that supports many efforts to preserve the judicious use of these therapeutics.

Comprised of staff working to organize resources, convene people, and coordinate ideas that help address the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenge, NIAMRRE provides assistance to the numerous individuals and organizations working to implement these ideas in classrooms, lab settings, companies, farms, and on the Hill.

How NIAMRRE came to be

October 2015

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) joint Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture, release a report offering an array of research and education recommendations designed to address the AMR problem by utilizing a One Health approach. The report calls for the creation of a National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education to coordinate the implementation of the report’s recommendations.

April 2018

AVMC and APLU request proposals for institutions interested in hosting the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education.

July 2018

After a national search for host institutions and evaluation of nine quality proposals, the Regional Antimicrobial Resistance Consortium based at Iowa State University was selected to develop NIAMRRE. Key contributors 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.

January 2019

Initial funding for the institute is provided by Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Administrative staff are hired and strategic planning for NIAMRRE begins, including developing branding that is separate from host institutions.


NIAMRRE drives cross-sector engagement and coordinated action to combat the global threat of antimicrobial resistance across humans, animals, and the environment. NIAMRRE strives to be the trusted leader in coordinating One Health efforts that preserve the ability to prevent and treat infectious diseases for generations to come. Iowa State University as the lead institution, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, were founding member institutions providing initial funding and administrative oversight. NIAMRRE currently includes 10 academic member institutions, seven affiliate member institutions and organizations, and 11 industry partner organizations and companies. Ninety-five faculty members at the 10 academic member institutions currently provide expertise as NIAMRRE Scientists, and this includes faculty at SVMBS, who are providing administrative and scientific support. Dr. Rodney Moxley, who has served as Chair and is presently a member of the NIAMRRE Advisory Council, and is a Scientist, along with Drs. Raúl Barletta and Dustin Loy. UNL also has 10 other faculty and two graduate students in other departments serving as NIAMRRE Scientists.