28 Nov 2015

Nigel French: food and infectious disease

From Saturday Morning, 8:35 am on 28 November 2015
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We are told we are facing a post-antibiotic era because infectious diseases have mutated to become resistant to antimicrobial drugs.

The latest story to hit the media tells of a new superbug. Kim Hill asks Massey University professor Nigel French about the extent of this more resistant strain.

Nigel French is Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, and director of the university’s Infectious Disease Research Centre, located within the Hopkirk Research Institute on the Palmerston North campus.

His main research interests are molecular and genomic epidemiology and risk research on food and environmental pathogens, particularly Campylobacter, E. coli, Cryptosporidium and Salmonella.