In the sixth installment of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID) podcasts, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, FIDSA, speaks with IDSA Past President Martin Blaser, MD, FIDSA, of New York University about the overuse of antibiotics in the United States and the consequential impact on the human microbiota. They discuss how using antibiotics in excess can be linked to host of diseases plaguing humans today – from obesity and allergic diseases, to certain cancers.
Dr. Blaser is Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology at NYU, director of the Human Microbiome Program, and author of the book Missing Microbes: How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues. His accolades include founding the Foundation for Bacteriology and the Virtual Museum of Bacteria, and serving as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute and of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research at the National Institutes of Health. In 2014, IDSA presented him with the Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement.
IDSA launched OFID in 2014 in partnership with Oxford University Press to offer the rapid publication of clinical, translational, and basic research for all aspects of infectious diseases, with a focus on studies that have the potential to improve patient care. Now indexed in PMC, the journal is fully peer-reviewed and freely accessible to all readers. To submit your manuscript, read the Instructions for Authors and submit online.
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