Outsmarting antibiotic resistance is topic of One Health Day on Nov. 1

Celebrate One Health at Kansas City One Health Day by learning about how the collaborative approach to human, animal and environmental health may help society outsmart antibiotic resistance.

The event, "Outsmarting Antibiotic Resistance," is from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 1 at K-State Olathe and will be livestreamed on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Activities and speakers will focus on how the One Health approach relates to antibiotic stewardship. 

Kansas City One Health Day stems from a partnership with K-State Olathe, Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, BioNexus KC and BioKansas. The groups are working to promote and advance bioscience research and discovery in Greater Kansas City, which is home to more than 240 life science companies with approximately 30,000 employees. The region's scientists, companies and institutions regularly collaborate on life science research, helping further position Greater Kansas City as a national leader in One Health.

"Greater Kansas City is in a unique position of becoming a world leader in One Health," said Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO of K-State Olathe. "The region is generating pivotal research, education and products around animal, human and environmental health. K-State Olathe is proud to help showcase these efforts and how a One Health focus will improve quality of life in our community and beyond."

The event begins with a welcome from Keith Gary, vice president of BioNexus KC. 

Mike Apley, Frick professor of production medicine/clinical pharmacology at Kansas State University, will deliver the keynote, "Antibiotic Resistance — A One Health Perspective." 

An opportunity for networking and a spotlight of student posters follows. Prominent high school, undergraduate and graduate students who have conducted One Health-related research will share their findings through scientific posters. Students can discuss their work with attendees and judges for a chance to win a scholarship.

Kansas City One Health Day will conclude with a panel discussion about antibiotic resistance. Dennis Ridenour, president and CEO of BioKansas, will moderate a discussion panel consisting of Masako Mizusawa, assistant professor, Section of Infectious Diseases, UMKC and Truman Medical Center; Michael T. Meyer, director of the United States Geological Survey's Organic Geochemistry Research Laboratory; Nadyne Hagmeier, quality improvement consultant, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Inc.; and Apley.

Registration and more information is at olathe.k-state.edu/onehealthday. The $10 registration price includes appetizers and refreshments.