Antibiotic Resistance: A Multi-Billion Dollar Health Care Crisis

Date: December 2, 2009

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2168

Washington, DC 20515


In a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and leading experts will discuss the economic and public health effects of non-therapeutic antibiotics in food animal production, including the connection to MRSA.

Pew Environment Group senior officer Bob Martin will participate in the discussion of policy implications and potential solutions.

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.


  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH; former Vice Chair, Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production; Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (ret.); former Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Robert Lawrence, MD; Director, The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, MPH; Senior Fellow, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC
  • Robert Martin; Senior officer, Pew Environment Group; former Executive Director, Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Washington, DC
  • Lance Price, PhD; Director, Center for Metagenomics and Human Health, Translational Genomics Research Institute, Flagstaff, AZ

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