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Iowa Leading The Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Kirsty Wigglesworth
A petri dish with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

The World Health Organization just released an alarming report predicting that by 2050, antibiotic resistance “could cause 10 million deaths each year.”

In this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer checks in with Iowa researchers and medical professionals about the worldwide threat of the increasing resistance to antibiotics, as well as the role livestock production plays in that increase.

They also discuss Iowa's role in leading a national institute to address this global public health concern - the Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education.

Guests include:

  • Michael Pentella (PhD), director of the State Hygienic Laboratory, clinical professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • Dr. Caitlin Pedati, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Kristen Obbink, associate director of the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education

Hear Ben Kieffer's conversation with Dan Krier and Abdi Kusow - River to River

Later in the hour, ISU sociologists analyze new data showing that rurality, education, and race had more impact on Trump voters in the 2016 presidential election than feelings of economic anxiety.


  • Dan Krier, professor of sociology at ISU
  • Abdi Kusow, professor of sociology and African American studies at ISU
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River