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K-State Today

September 17, 2015

K-State's Apley appointed to presidential advisory council on antibiotic resistance

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

The U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Defense have appointed Kansas State University's Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Antibiotics reduce illness and death from infectious diseases. However, an increasing number of bacterial infections no longer respond to our most powerful antibiotics, putting patients at risk for severe infections and even death. Detecting, preventing, and controlling antibiotic resistance requires a strategic, coordinated and sustained effort. The work of the advisory council complements other federal efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, strengthen surveillance, prevent the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, further new research, and improve international coordination.

Apley, who holds the Edwin J. Frick Professorship in Veterinary Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is a nationally recognized expert in antibiotic resistance. Read the government's announcement of his appointment here.

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