Global Health: Antimicrobial Resistance Tracking Programs Awarded New Funding
Sid Thakur, director of global health at the CVM and NC State with Megan Jacob, associate professor of microbiology and director of the CVM’s diagnostic laboratories. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine
Researchers in the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine have received extended funding for their work tracking bacterial pathogens.
by Jordan Bartel
The National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration are awarding five years of additional funding for two national surveillance programs tracking bacterial pathogens at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.
The CVM is the only place in the United States home to both monitoring systems.
The funding supports the global GenomeTrakr program and the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) at the CVM, both overseen by Sid Thakur, director of global health at the CVM and NC State.
The programs are vital tools in tracking and halting the spread of infectious disease outbreaks caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics, an ever-growing threat to human and animal health around the world. The CVM has been home to both programs for two years.