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Audience participation a priority at Antimicrobial Use, Resistance Symposium

Advanced technology and a highly interactive format will take the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 13-15, to a heightened level of participant involvement. The symposium, developed by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, will not only deliver the latest research findings and serve as a platform where experts in the field of antimicrobials—public, animal and environmental health—can share information but will encourage attendees—medical doctors, veterinarians, policy makers, organization leaders, livestock and poultry producers, academics, researchers and consumers who have a vested stake—to engage and provide feedback about this issue.

“With individuals from across the spectrum participating in the symposium, it is critical that we capture the information provided by the symposium’s speakers plus the knowledge, concerns and solutions brought forth by participants,” explains symposium Co-chair Dr. Jennifer Koeman, Director of Producer and Public Health for the National Pork Board. “To that end, a highly advanced, robust feedback management system will capture points of consensus and concern, working toward a collective path forward.”

Dorman explains that symposium facilitator Daniel Stone—a corporate change consultant—will develop a list of questions which will be posed to symposium participants who are at tables in groups of eight to 10. Each group will be comprised of individuals from all disciplines at the symposium: animal health, public health, environmental health, policymakers, university and corporate research and production agriculture.

Participant comments and reactions to facilitator Stone’s hot-topic questions will be collected, synthesized and integrated on the spot.

Symposium participants will be a part of the same table after each of the first three sessions. They will be assigned at a different table after the fourth session when they will be grouped with individuals within their own professional discipline.
“A moderator will be at each table and ensure that each participant is heard,” states symposium Co-chair Leah C. Dorman, DVM, Director of Food Programs, Center for Food and Animal Issues, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “We’re dealing with a complex, important issue, and an open environment is necessary so all points of view—science and ethics-based—can result in meaningful interaction.

“Facilitator Daniel Stone can distill information like no other. Add the use of a technologically advanced, robust feedback management system and this symposium will take sharing of concerns and consensus to a new level. The symposium’s White Paper should be quite dynamic.”

Seating to the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 13-15, is limited and individuals are encouraged to register early. Those who register by Oct. 15 qualify for an early bird registration discount, making registration $345/person.

To register for or to learn more about the Nov. 13-15, 2012, “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, please go online to www.animalagriculture.org or call 1-800-237-7193.

 

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