Farm to Bedside Symposium

Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

Join us Thursday, January 25 to learn why animals have an impact on immunocompromomised patients, and new initiatives in antibiotic stewardship.

Time:        3:30 p.m.

Where:     Pelton Auditorium
                  Fred Hutch Seattle Campus

Directions | Parking

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for entry at Fred Hutch. 

Guest Speaker:

Photo by Billy Howard

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of the new book Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (National Geographic Books, Sept. 2017), named a Best Science Book of 2017 by Amazon and Smithsonian Magazine and a Best Food Book of 2017 by Civil Eats. Her 2015 TED Talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?", has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and translated into 32  languages.

She has reported from epidemics and disasters, and farms and food production sites, on most of the continents, including a field hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a Thai village erased by the Indian Ocean tsunami, a bird-testing unit on the front lines of West Nile virus, an Arctic graveyard of the victims of the 1918 flu, an AIDS treatment center in Yunnan, a polio-eradication team in India, breweries in France, a “Matrix for chickens” in the Netherlands, and Midwestern farms devastated by the 2015 epidemic of avian flu.


3:30 p.m.     Introduction / Overview
                       Steve Pergam, MD, MPH, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

3:40 p.m.      Maryn McKenna: A History of Agriculture's Role in the Emergence of Drug Resistance

4:15 p.m.      Brief Break

4:30 p.m.      Panel Discussion                

Chairs:  Steve Pergam, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Infection Prevention, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
               Paul Pottinger, MD, DTM&H, Director, UWMC Antimicrobial Stewardship Program


  • Scott Weissman, MD,  Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for One Health Research, Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Epidemiology
  • Marisa D'Angeli, MD, MPH, WA State Department of Health, Medical Epidemiology
  • Catherine Liu, MD, Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Programs, Fred Hutch & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Douglas Call, PhD, Associate Director, Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health, Washington State University

5:30pm:         Closing remarks and conclusion
                         Steve Pergam, MD, MPH

Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for entry at Fred Hutch. Please RSVP. Please contact us at with any questions.