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ASM Attends UN General Assembly

ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting to focus on the commitment to fight AMR.

UN General Assembly Focuses on AMR

Leaders at the UN General Assembly draft a plan for coordinated, cross-cutting efforts to improve the current state of AMR.

Superbugs are a 'Fundamental Threat'

If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of ASM, told NBC News.
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Medzhitov_RuslanMedzhitov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and earned a B.S. at Tashkent State University before going on to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Moscow University in 1990. At that time the Soviet Union was disintegrating and funding for science was drying up. Because laboratories were short of supplies, Medzhitov spent much of his time in the library, reading about modern biomedical science.

There, he came upon a paper by Yale immunobiologist Charles Janeway (now deceased), who was studying how the innate immune system, an evolutionarily ancient system found in all multicellular animals, interacts with the adaptive immune system, found only in vertebrates. Medzhitov wrote to Janeway and was accepted for postdoctoral study at Yale, arriving in 1994. The two researchers made the groundbreaking discovery that Toll-like receptors, a component of the innate system, provide the adaptive system with the necessary information to create custom-made B and T cells that target specific bacterial or viral invaders.