Watch the Webinar

Recent papers have highlighted the potential public health importance of environmental sources of antibiotic resistance genes in water. One method to reduce the numbers of such genes in the environment may be to improve municipal wastewater treatment. A webinar held on September 25, 2018 built on the report’s research agenda to review the role of environmental sources of antibiotic resistance and strategies aimed at reducing its spread.

  • Introduction and Welcome: Charles Haas, Drexel University
  • Why Environmental Sources of Antibiotic Resistance Matter: Amy Pruden, Virginia Tech
  • Discussion: Methods to Reduce Sources of Antibiotic Resistance
    • Amy Pruden, Virginia Tech
    • Anthony So, Johns Hopkins University
    • Amy Mathers, University of Virginia
    • Frank Møller Aarestrup, Technical University of Denmark


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report that examines the formation and function of microbial communities in built environments and the impacts of such microbial communities on human health. The study outlines a proposed research agenda and areas of focus that will assist in moving the field from research to application. Click here to visit the National Academies Press and download a PDF of the report for free.


MoBE committee members participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on March 16th, 2018. The online discussion featured committee members Diane Gold, Vivian Loftness, and Jordan Peccia. A transcript of the conversation is available here.


Please click here to view an archived recording of the report release panel discussion, as well as to view the panel discussion’s slide deck.

This study was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).