Cornell Center for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education Inaugural Symposium

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 7:30am

March 22nd & 23rd
Register here for this 2-day event.
Food, travel, and accommodations provided.


Wednesday, March 22
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Uris Auditorium, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

Bus departure from Ithaca, 7:00 am
(arrival in NYC about 11 am)

Lunch, 11:30 am

Welcome and Introductions, 12:15 pm

Session 1: Back to basics — Understanding the ‘M’ of AMR
12:30 – 2:30 pm       

Bacterial stress responses
John Helmann, Professor, Department of Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cell wall physiology and antibiotic susceptibility and tolerance
Tobias Dörr, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ribosome physiology
Heather Feaga, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Physiologic mediators of intrinsic antibiotic resistance
Sabine Ehrt, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Session 1 Keynote, 2:30-3:30 pm

Mary Dunlop, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Boston University

Poster Session with Refreshments, Griffis Faculty Club, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
(beer/wine and light snacks)

Dinner at The Alvin Public House, 406 E 64th St, 6:30 pm



Thursday, March 23
7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Uris Auditorium, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

Breakfast, 7:30 am     

Session 2 Keynote, 8:30 – 9:30 am

Yonatan Grad, Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Session 2: Taking stock and sizing up the OneHealth ecology of AMR
9:30 – 12:00 pm                                   

Antimicrobial resistance detection in clinical microbiology
Lars Westblade, Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Director of Clinical Microbiology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medicine

Antimicrobial resistance among foodborne pathogens
Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor, Department of Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Antimicrobial resistance in the microbiome
Ilana Brito, Associate Professor, Mong Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in Biomedical Engineering, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

Determining antimicrobial use in animal agriculture
Renata Ivanek, Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Antimicrobial resistance, perceptions and behavior change
Amelia Greiner Safi, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Public and Ecosystem Health, College of Veterinary Medicine

Lunch with Working Groups, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

WG1 Collaborative Opportunities for Novel Therapy Development

  • Identify clinical problems (“data gaps”) of tolerance and resistance that need to be addressed
  • Create collaborations between applied/clinical scientists and basic scientists to develop integrated translational program projects.
  • Create new antibiotics based upon novel targets
  • Develop alternatives to antibiotics that target the pathogen or the host response

WG2 Collaborative Opportunities in Pathology, Pharmacy and the Clinical Environment

  • Develop new means to track resistant organisms and their resistance genes
  • Provide rapid and accurate susceptibility tests to aid clinical decisions

WG3 Epidemiology/Public Health/Stewardship

  • Monitor antimicrobial resistance in pathogens of medical and veterinary importance
  • Develop public health strategies to prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance based upon these data
  • Identify antimicrobial stewardship practices that ensure enhanced clinical outcomes in animal and human populations

Session 3: Taking the ‘R’ out of AMR: Innovative approaches to targeting resistant pathogens
1:00 – 3:30 pm                         

Novel approaches to targeting animal to human transmission of foodborne pathogens
Craig Altier, Professor of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Host-pathogen-based approaches to antibacterial development
David Russell, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Transmission blocking strategies against antimicrobial resistance
Kyu Rhee, Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Fluid dynamics-based approaches to microbial decontamination
Sunny Jung, Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CRISPR interference and riboswitch-based approaches to antimicrobial resistance              
Ailong Ke, Robert J. Appel Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Session 3 Keynote, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Carl Nathan, R.A. Rees Pritchett Professor of Microbiology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Summary and Concluding Remarks, 4:30 pm

Meeting adjourned, 4:45 pm

Bus departure for Ithaca, 5:00 pm
Boxed meals for traveling guests