Animal & Veterinary
NARMS Scientific Meeting Scheduled
December 7, 2000
FDA announced in the November 28, 2000, Federal Register that a National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Scientific Meeting will be held on March 15 and 16, 2001. The topic to be discussed at the meeting, that will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, is the results from NARMS and related antimicrobial resistance research. The public meeting and poster session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days. An early evening poster session and social hour will be held on March 15, 2001, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
NARMS was established in 1996 as a collaborative effort among the FDA, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NARMS program prospectively monitors changes in susceptibilities of human and animal enteric bacteria to 17 antimicrobial drugs. Bacterial isolates are collected from human and animal clinical specimens, from healthy farm animals, and raw product from food animals. The objectives of the system are:
- to provide descriptive data on the extent and temporal trends of antimicrobial susceptibility in Salmonella and other enteric organisms from human and animal populations,
- to facilitate the identification of resistance in humans and animals as it arises, and
- to provide timely information to veterinarians and physicians.
The ultimate goal of these activities is to prolong the lifespan of approved drugs by promoting prudent and judicious use of antimicrobial drugs and to identify areas for more detailed investigation.
There is no registration fee for the meeting, but registration is required. Limited space is available, and early registration is encouraged. Logistics for the meeting and the registration form is on the CVM Home Page. The registration form should be sent to Kathy Hemming, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-250), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-0184, (FAX) 301-827-7625.
Abstract preparation and submission information for posters is available on the CVM Home Page at the location listed above. Instructions and submission forms may be downloaded in MSWord or WordPerfect. Poster abstracts should be submitted to Dr. Charlotte A. Spires, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-250), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-6853 by January 15, 2001.
Additional information about the meeting and the agenda will be available on the CVM Home Page before the meeting. If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact the DoubleTree Hotel at least 7 days in advance, 800-222-8733.