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"A Planet in Peril: Q&A with Suzan Murray of the Smithsonian Global Health Program" - Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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A Planet in Peril: Q&A with Suzan Murray of the Smithsonian Global Health Program

  7 November 2016 – Interview with veterinarian Suzan Murray, DVM, Program Director, Smithsonian Global Health Program

By physician David J. Skorton, MD, 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian 

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Adapted from Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton’s recent column for the Torch (, the online source for news for, by and about the Smithsonian community.

The Doctor is In

  • A planet in peril

    A planet in peril

    We are only beginning to understand the interwoven complexity of life on Earth. The unraveling of a single thread--the extinction of a species, the emergence of a pandemic--can have a devastating effect. Dr. Skorton spoke with Dr. Suzan Murray about the Smithsonian Global Health Program and its work to keep Earth's rich tapestry intact. Continue reading A planet in peril

ProMED-mail Viral Diseases Moderator Becomes Manager One Health Initiative Team Website’s “ProMED Outbreak Reports” - Monday, November 07, 2016

ProMED-mail Viral Diseases Moderator Becomes Manager One Health Initiative Team Website’s “ProMED Outbreak Reports”

November 7, 2016—Thomas M. Yuill, PhD, a longstanding and highly respected ProMED-mail Viral Diseases Moderator, became manager for the One Health Initiative team’s website “ProMED Outbreaks Reports” page today.  Dr. Yuill is continuing the program of posting pertinent One Health related ProMED items established by the late Jack Woodall, PhD; Dr. Woodall died October 24, 2016 and had previously discontinued his OHI team membership and OHI ProMED management duties May 4, 2016.  ProMED is the much heralded international early warning system program for monitoring emerging diseases.

Drs. Yuill and Woodall were friends and ProMED colleagues for many years.  Indeed, prior to his death, Dr. Woodall encouraged and was delighted that Dr. Yuill was offered and graciously accepted this pro bono position.  Upon learning of Dr. Yuill’s decision, Lawrence C. Madoff, MD, the physician Editor of ProMED-mail expressed his appreciation for the transition.  Dr. Madoff is a valued member of the OHI Team’s Advisory Board

Yuill received his B.S. degree from Utah State University in Wildlife Management, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Veterinary Science and Wildlife Ecology, with emphasis in the epizootiology of infectious diseases of domestic and wild animals.  Following completion of his Ph.D. degree, he held research positions in the Department of Virus Diseases, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and in the Virology Department of the SEATO Medical Research Laboratory, Bangkok, Thailand. He joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor in 1968, with joint appointments in the Departments of Veterinary Science and of Wildlife Ecology, developing research and graduate training programs in epizootiology of infectious diseases of wildlife and domestic animals in Wisconsin and Latin America. He became professor and chairman of the Department of Veterinary Science in 1979. He was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Training in the UW School of Veterinary Medicine and an assistant director in the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1982. In 1992-93, he served for one year as the Chief of Party for a University of Wisconsin-led team advising the Bolivian Government on restructuring their national agricultural research and extension agency. Upon his return from Bolivia in 1993, Yuill became director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and primarily involved in academic administration. He was awarded emeritus status in 2003.

Yuill has been active in a variety of scientific organizations. He chaired the Viral Diseases Panel of the US-Japan Biomedical Sciences Program. He has been active in the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) since 1971. He served on the OTS Executive Committee and was its president for five years. He has served as treasurer and president of the Wildlife Disease Association, which awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in 1989. Yuill has served as a consultant on wildlife diseases to the states of Wisconsin and North Dakota, and to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on arthropod-borne diseases to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and on higher education in the agricultural sciences to the U.S. Agency for International Development, mainly in India. Yuill has authored more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters.

One Health Day 2016 World Veterinary Association and World Medical Association - A GLOBAL EXAMPLE FOR ONE HEALTH APPROACH - Thursday, November 03, 2016

One Health Day 2016 World Veterinary Association and World Medical Association - A GLOBAL EXAMPLE FOR ONE HEALTH APPROACH

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The WVA and WMA are celebrating today the One Health Day to highlight the importance of the One Health Concept as the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working together to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment.

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In October 2012, the WVA representing the global veterinary profession and the WMA representing the global medical profession signed on a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in a unified approach to tackle common health issues to improve Global Health.

The WVA-WMA collaboration plan focuses on zoonotic diseases, responsible use of antimicrobials and enhancing collaboration on education, clinical care and public health. WVA and WMA are holding periodical meetings to discuss issues of common interest and participating in the each other's events to highlight the work and progress of their profession addressing health concerns on a global level.

In the last years, the two organizations prepared and published joint statements and supported each-other on various health issues such as rabies control, antibiotic resistance and the regular availability of Ketamine (non-scheduling) and on the One Health concept.

In May 2015, for the first time in history, the two world associations organized a Global Conference on One Health with the theme: Drivers towards One Health- “Strengthening collaboration between Physicians and Veterinarians”. The event signified the acknowledgement by both disciplines, at the highest level, of the importance of cooperation between the veterinary and medical professions. The conference concluded that in order to make a difference, the health professions need to work on Leadership, Networking, Cooperation, Communication, Facilitation, and Building trust at all levels starting from veterinary and medical schools.

Following this successful conference, the WVA and WMA in close collaboration with the Japanese Medical and Veterinary Associations, are preparing a second conference with the theme: Moving forward from One Health Concept to One Health Approach to take place in Japan later on this month.

The WVA/WMA initiative encouraged a number WVA and WMA members to adopt this model of collaboration and to sign similar agreements between Veterinary and Medical associations at national level to use the One Health Approach in their countries.

Join the WVA and WMA in celebrating the One Health Day 2016, raising the importance of inter-sectorial collaboration to improve the health of people, animals and the environment.

TODAY IS ONE HEALTH DAY! Overview/Summary and World Regional Highlights - Thursday, November 03, 2016

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Over 130 One Health Day Events are Happening in 37 Countries

What you need to know about CDC & One Health - November 2016 - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – November 2016

What you need to know about CDC & One Health


In today’s connected world, a coordinated public health approach is needed to protect both people and animals from diseases. One Health is this coordinated approach, as it recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and our environment.

A One Health approach is needed to better understand certain diseases, such as rabies, Salmonella, West Nile virus fever, Q fever, and other zoonotic diseases that are spread between people and animals.

Here are a few things you need to know about CDC and One Health:

  • One Health affects all of us—6 in 10 infectious diseases in people are spread from animals.
  • One Health is a global approach—infectious disease threats are everywhere, and diseases know no borders.
  • One Health includes our furry friends—it is important for people to know how to enjoy their pets and other animals without getting sick from diseases that animals can carry or from the foods they eat.

CDC uses a One Health approach by working with physicians, veterinarians, ecologists, and many others to monitor and control public health threats as well as learn more about how diseases are spread between people, animals, and the environment.

Learn more about CDC’s One Health work by watching this video

Join us on November 3 by following @CDC_NCEZID on Twitter and using #OneHealthDay.

Find updates about One Health, diseases spread between humans and animals, new infographics, and much more on our home page.


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                   Over 110 events being celebrated around the world 


An evening of academic talks and public discussion in Finland, a One Health poster competition in the US, a One Health University Students Club meeting in Rwanda, an international symposium on food safety in Chile, and a One Health Awareness Week in Afghanistan... these are but five examples from over 100 global events in 35 countries across six continents being organized at the occasion of the first annual One Health Day on 3 November 2016.

One Health Day answers the urgent need for a One Health trans-disciplinary approach towards solving today’s critical global health challenges. It is a timely initiative that gives scientists and advocates a powerful voice for moving beyond current provincial approaches to emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, environmental pollution, and many other problems, to a holistic default way of doing business.

One Health Day was officially launched on 31 March 2016 by three leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, and the One Health Platform Foundation. They called upon individuals and groups from around the world to implement One Health educational projects and awareness events under the auspices of One Health Day. Today, their joint call has generated an inspiring array of projects worldwide.

But equally important: this global partnership is growing into a sustainable platform for One Health supporters around the world. Regional One Health Day Spokespersons in Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas liaised with project teams in their respective regions, while a network of One Health Day Country Ambassadors worked within their countries to encourage creation of inspiring events. Student groups from all disciplines were given the option to compete for cash prizes and global recognition. And many participating teams have requested a translated version of the One Health Day logo, into French, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek and more. All promotional materials are freely downloadable from the One Health Day website.

“The amazing number of global events planned by scientists, health practitioners and students has really exceeded our expectations and demonstrates the great interest and need for health professions to work together. We are delighted to continue this initiative in the future”, said Dr. Cheryl Stroud, Executive Director of the One Health Commission.

One Health Day 2016 is warmly dedicated to the memory of Jack Woodall, PhD, One Health Day Planning Team Leader, Co-Founder and Associate Editor of ProMED-mail and a member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team.  Dr. Woodall died 24 October 2016 of pancreatic cancer. His vision, energy and leadership will be sorely missed.

Additional information and an entire list of participating events is available online at



 About One Health

One Health is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations, in both research and applied sciences, between human and animal health arenas, chemical, engineering and social scientists, dentists, nurses, agriculturalists and food producers, wildlife and environmental health specialists and many other related disciplines, assembled under the One Health umbrella. As early as 2010 the World Bank recognized and published documentary evidence supporting benefits of a One Health approach in disease prevention, public health and global security. Today, the One Health approach is being increasingly accepted by numerous major international organizations such as the World Medical Association (WMA), the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Other supporting organizations can be found at

2nd International Who’s Who in One Health Webinar - November 4, 2016 - Monday, October 31, 2016

2nd International Who’s Who in One Health Webinar

November 4, 2016, 7:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern Time


Perhaps you remember the 1st  International Who's Who in One Health Webinar hosted by the One Health Commission in November 2014. Over 1000 people from over 40 countries participated in that event. (Listen to recordings on the webpage.) 

On November 4, the One Health Commission is hosting the 2nd International Who's Who in One Health Webinar  as an additional contribution to One Health Day. There is no fee to participate but everyone must register to get their own personal link to join the webinar.

"One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance" presentation by One Health leader *Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP - Monday, October 31, 2016 - Sunday, October 30, 2016

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting – October 29 to Nov. 2, 2016 - Denver, Colo. (USA)

2016 Annual Meeting Theme - Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health

"One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance" presentation by One Health leader *Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

Scheduled for session 3377.0, One Health: Environmental impacts and zoonotic diseases on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.  

For general information about the APHA Annual Meeting or to find out about other sessions and presentations visit the Annual Meeting ( home page.

*Dr. Kahn is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team and One Health Initiative team website.

ONE HEALTH DAY - November 3, 2016 - Friday, October 28, 2016

ONE HEALTH DAY -  November 3, 2016

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“The goal of One Health Day is to build the political will necessary for a sea change in how planetary health challenges are assessed and addressed. One Health Day will bring global attention to the need for One Health interactions and allow the world to ‘see them in action’.

The One Health Day campaign is designed to engage as many individuals as possible from as many arenas as possible in One Health education and awareness events, and to generate an inspiring array of projects worldwide.”

One Health Award Recipients honored for interdisciplinary pain science and practice course for nursing, dental, and medical students at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ashley Berke, Penn Vet, 215-898-1475/

Greg Richer, Penn Medicine, 215-614-1937/

Ed Federico, Penn Nursing, 215-746-3562/

Beth Adams, Penn Dental, 215-573-8224/

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Drs. John Farrar, Elliot Hersh, and Rosemary Polomano to Receive 2016 One Health Award Recipients honored for interdisciplinary pain science and practice course for nursing, dental, and medical students at the University of Pennsylvania

[October 25, 2016; Philadelphia, PA (USA)] – [physician] Dr. John T. Farrar [MD, PhD], of the Perelman School of Medicine; [dentist] Dr. Elliot V. Hersh [DMD, PhD], of the School of Dental Medicine; and [nurse] Dr. Rosemary Polomano [RN, PhD], of the School of Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania have been named the 2016 recipients of Penn’s One Health Award, recognizing their exemplary contributions to expanding interdisciplinary collaboration and improving health care for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment. The One Health Award was established in 2013 by the deans of the four health schools at Penn—the Perelman School of Medicine (Penn Medicine), the School of Nursing Science (Penn Nursing), the School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine), and the School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet).

The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Penn Vet’s Hill Pavilion (380 S. University Ave., Philadelphia), as part of the 2016 Microbiome Symposium.

Together, Farrar, Hersh, and Polomano lead an interdisciplinary course on pain science and practice for nursing, dental, and medical students at Penn. This interdisciplinary course stems from the trio’s work as co-principal investigators on the NIH-funded Penn Center for Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) grant, one of only 12 such centers in the nation. Since January 2013, the comprehensive and innovative academic pain course has been an interschool and inter-institutional draw for students, clinicians, and international colleagues, attracting more than 400 students. More than 20 Penn pain scientists and clinicians are currently engaged in teaching the course, utilizing various modalities including lectures, interactive case presentations, and simulations. The course helps to train the next generation of interprofessional healthcare providers in pain care and pain management who are also learning to develop strategies to reduce the opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction associated with the treatment of pain.

“It is a great privilege to recognize extraordinary collaborations throughout the University that exemplify the One Health initiative,” said *Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “The pain science and practice course led by Drs. Farrar, Hersh, and Polomano is a superb example of interdisciplinary education at Penn that serves as a model across the globe. We are also very proud that Dr. Dorothy Cimino Brown’s research on objective pain measurements in animals has been conducted in collaboration with Dr. Farrar. Through this program, students in health professions are better equipped to integrate models of interprofessional practice to improve patient care.”

Dr. John T. Farrar, MD, PhD, is a neurologist and an associate professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Penn Medicine. His research interests are focused on the studies of pain and symptom management with a special focus on measurement, analysis, and interpretation methodology.

“I have always believed that medical care, as with medical science, is best accomplished by the collaboration of caring individuals across all of the biological sciences,” said Farrar. “I am proud to have been a part of that process and am truly honored to have been selected for this award in the company of my two esteemed colleagues and friends for many years.”

Dr. Elliot V. Hersh, DMD, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine. His clinical research program plays a key role in developing and carrying out FDA-pivotal clinical trials. His primary research endeavors focus on the areas of novel local anesthetic drugs and alternatives to opioids in the management of acute postoperative pain.

“I am extremely honored to not only receive this prestigious award, but to also work closely with Drs. Farrar and Polomano,” said Hersh. “Dr. Farrar introduced me to brain imaging and Dr. Polomano is the absolute juggernaut of the educational aspect of our course.”

Dr. Rosemary Polomano, RN, PhD, is a professor of pain practice at Penn Nursing. Her research is dedicated to advancing the science of understanding and treating pain, including the mechanisms of peripheral neuropathy, ways to measure pain, and ways to help patients communicate about their pain.

“The ability to leverage discipline-specific perspectives in pain education has enriched our student's learning,” said Polomano. “Our health profession students have opportunities to learn from our exceptional and dedicated Penn pain faculty the latest science guiding pain care.”


Provided by: 

Ashley Berke

Director of Communications

University of Pennsylvania

School of Veterinary Medicine

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Philadelphia, PA 19104 (USA)


NOTE:  Dr. Hendricks is a longstanding One Health Supporter/Advocate and a member of the One Health Initiative Team’s Advisory Board


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