Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance Through Partnership: The Wisconsin-India Connection

“The United Nations declared antimicrobial resistance to be ‘the greatest and most urgent global risk’ in 2016,” Nasia Safdar, M.D., a professor of infectious disease in the School of Medicine and Public Health, wrote in her application for a Global Health Institute Seed Grant to address antimicrobial resistance.

Safdar discusses the project and results during the next Global Health Tuesday seminar that begins at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, in Room 1335 in the Health Sciences Learning Center. The monthly global health seminar series hosts researchers and practitioners from UW-Madison and across the world to showcase the complexity of global health challenges and the many kinds of expertise needed to address them.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

Safdar’s talk, “Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance Through Partnership: The Wisconsin-India Connection,” looks at her work in India, where rates of infections caused by antibiotic resistance are high and increasing. “To combat (antimicrobial resistance), health care professionals are encouraged to practice antibiotic stewardship, which refers to the judicious use of antibiotics,” she says. With the Seed Grant, Safdar and her team worked with the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences to identify barriers and facilitators to antibiotic stewardship and develop a treatment protocol to address antibiotic use with ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Safdar is the associate chief of staff at the Madison VA-Research Office, the vice-chair for research at the UW-Madison Department of Medicine and a staff infectious diseases physician.  Her research focuses on health care-associated infections particularly in the acute care setting. She is interested in examining how novel interventions can reduce infections associated with health care, such as using probiotics for reducing colonization by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile, and has ongoing trials in this area.

Safdar has received research funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Wisconsin Partnership for the Future Program, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She is the Principal Investigator of a Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Partnered Evaluation Initiative, “Building Implementation Science for VA- Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Network.” Safdar is also the director of a recently-awarded VA National Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, “Human-factors Engineering to Prevent Resistant Organisms.” She is a recipient of the 2016 President’s early career award for scientists and engineers, and the winner of the Infectious Disease Society of America’s 2019 Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement.

If you need accommodation to attend this event, please email globalhealth@ghi.wisc.edu or call 608-265-9299. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.

November 12, 2019