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Maribel Moreno

Serotype diversity and antimicrobial resistance among Salmonella enterica isolated from patients at an equine referral hospital

Maribel Moreno, a Texas A&M University master of science student in Biomedical Sciences attended the 97th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) in Chicago, Illinois, December 4-6, 2016. She presented her research entitled “Serotype diversity and antimicrobial resistance among Salmonella enterica isolated from patients at an equine referral hospital.” Her mentor was Dr. H.M. Scott, Professor in the department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

“Salmonellosis is one of the most widespread zoonotic gastrointestinal diseases and knowledge of the epidemiology of Salmonella in horses is growing,” Maribel explained. “Furthermore, the concern about multidrug-resistant Salmonella among serotypes commonly associated with clinical disease in both horses and humans increase the opportunity to research and understand the disease requiring a huge effort from interdisciplinary areas to contribute to the prevention, treatment, and control of this pathogen.”

"Maribel has been central to the development, execution, completion and analysis of this project,” Dr. H.M. Scott commented. “She has worked alongside the clinical microbiology program and advanced knowledge of the microbial ecology and molecular epidemiology of Salmonella in horses admitted to an equine hospital. Because of the zoonotic potential of this organism, and the close contact of owners, students, and clinicians and staff with these patients, hers is a truly One Health project.”

“CRWAD is one the most important international conferences that congregates academy and industry to discuss new progress on subjects of interest in global animal diseases, giving focus this year to the antimicrobial resistance concern in One Health approach,” Maribel noted. “CRWAD allowed me to present my research receiving feedback and getting more knowledge about Salmonella and new concepts in antimicrobial resistance. My experience in CRWAD was successful because it was the first time that I gave an oral presentation of my project to other researchers but also because I give the presentation in English (Spanish is my native language). I had the opportunity to exchange knowledge with researchers that work in the same area, establishing new networks, sharing experiences and ideas to improve my research for the future work,” she concluded. “This opportunity allowed me to develop new skills and innovative ideas to improve my research.”