Antibiotic Resistance Action Center

The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the George Washington University (GW) was created to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by engaging in research, advocacy, and science-based policy. ARAC is focused on finding out-of-the box solutions to antibiotic resistance, one of the greatest public health threats of our time.

ARAC is led by microbiologist Dr. Lance Price, an internationally-recognized and respected scientist pioneering the use of genomic epidemiology to understand how the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in people and food animals affects public health.

“Our central mission is to bring together epidemiologists, microbiologists, communications experts, policy experts, together under a single roof, working day in and day out, to curb these superbugs and to protect antibiotics."

-Dr. Lance Price. Director, Antibiotic Resistance Action Center

Antibiotic resistance is a global public health threat brought about by overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human medicine and animal agriculture. The World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many other public health experts agree that we may soon be living in a world where antibiotics are no longer a match for drug-resistant bacteria, often called superbugs. The public health consequences of losing antibiotics are almost incomprehensible. Standard medical procedures would become extremely risky and even a simple cut could kill.

While the future of antibiotics is in jeopardy, this public health crisis can be turned around. Science shows that if we stop misusing antibiotics, many superbugs will lose their powers to resist these drugs. That is where the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the George Washington University comes in. Please explore our website to learn what we are doing in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

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