Media invited to meet antimicrobial health experts at WSU Innovators

SEATTLE, Wash. – Antimicrobial resistance, a major threat to global health, will be the topic addressed by scientists from Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at the 2017 WSU Innovators panel, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. (Livestream at:

Experts on the Innovators panel will speak about the epidemiological and social drivers of antimicrobial resistance and its emergence and spread.

Tina Vlasaty, with the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), will moderate the panel that features Dr. Guy Palmer, founding director of the Allen School (; Sylvia Omulo, an Allen School postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology; and Mark Caudell, Allen School postdoctoral fellow and medical anthropologist.

The panel will discuss how understanding and improving community health in East Africa affects health in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The experts will present information about the recently formed Northwest Antimicrobial Resistance Coalition, which includes WSU, WGHA, UW, and several health care providers, research groups and foundations in the region.

They will discuss their work identifying how the interactions between humans, livestock and their environments lead to emergence and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria and how specific approaches can be targeted to mitigate this impact. Their work aims to save African lives and prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria to the U.S. and other parts of the globe.

During this year’s Innovators event, WSU also celebrates the Allen School’s 10th anniversary.

WHO: Guy Palmer, Sylvia Omulo, Mark Caudell

WHAT: Connecting communities for health: How WSU’s work in Africa affects health in North America.

WHEN: April 18, 2017, 4:30pm

WHERE: Seattle Waterfront Marriott


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