Zoonotic Antimicrobial Resistance (ZANRES)

Our research focuses on the epidemiology of zoonotic multiresistant bacteria (i.e. bacteria transmitting between animals and humans), aiming to improve knowledge on the occurrence and transmission routes of zoonotic antimicrobial resistant bacteria along food chain, such as ESBL/pAmpC/Carbapenemase- producing Enterobacteriaceae and livestock-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. 

Our studies also aim towards implementing strategies to prevent further development and spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria between animals and humans. The epidemiology of bacterial antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is complex and include human behavior at many levels of society. The main driver for the development of AMR is the worldwide use of antimicrobials both in animals and humans. The global movement of foods, animals and humans further enable the rapid and wide spread of resistant bacteria. One Health perspective offers a view to approach this complex issue.

This research group and laboratory facilities are located in University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health.

You will find more information from the Zoonotic Antimicrobial Resistance Reseach Group website.

CONTACT

Principal Investigator
Annamari Heikinheimo, DVM, PhD
annamari.heikinheimo@helsinki.fi