The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is establishing a new initiative to complement existing efforts, facilitate synergy, and provide mechanisms to move projects forward. ASM Coalitions are multi-stakeholder mechanisms to share information, analyze the current status of a timely topic in the microbial sciences, and identify relevant needs and opportunities for addressing the issue.
For each Coalition, ASM will convene subject-matter experts to review existing knowledge and identify opportunities to overcome current barriers and maximize impact. Given the breadth of ASM membership and partners, the ASM can serve as facilitator and convener to bring together a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders. The intent is to complement and leverage existing efforts, identify areas where there are currently gaps, and then catalyze additional activities. The ASM is in a unique position to be able to collaborate and combine expertise among several different initiatives.
Each Coalition will have a Steering Committee, whose role is to identify short- and long-term goals, identify possible initial areas of focus, and identify relevant organizations and experts.
- Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)—February 2017
- Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)—March 2017
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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an urgent global threat that is receiving unprecedented national and international attention. Resistance caused by bacterial pathogens has become a major focus. Recognizing the significance of AMR across the microbial sciences, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is establishing a new initiative to complement existing efforts, facilitate synergy, and provide a mechanism to move projects forward.
The new ASM NGS Coalition was established to identify practical, action-oriented solutions to overcome current barriers associated with NGS across various scientific disciplines, including clinical, biomedical, forensic, environmental, and agricultural sciences. A diverse NGS Steering Committee of experts was responsible for determining a strategic, step-wise approach for addressing each of the disciplines.