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The Answer to Cancer Might Be Walking Beside Us - Friday, June 09, 2017

One Health includes Comparative Medicine

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The Answer to Cancer Might Be Walking Beside Us




Published on May 31, 2017

Colorado State University and Rocky Mountain PBS teamed up to produce a new documentary featuring researchers and clinicians across the country who all have one common goal: One cure for cancer in people and animals.

“…PBS Documentary Heralds Progress, Promise of Comparative Oncology [Cancer]



Perhaps some of the greatest progress to come in the war on cancer will rise from the burgeoning field of comparative oncology, where physicians and veterinarians are battling the disease side-by-side. Some of the remarkable advancements achieved and tantalizing prospects ahead are explored in a compelling half-hour video airing nationally on public television stations this spring and summer. ...”


Note: The program began airing on national public television stations through 42 stations affiliated with the National Educational Telecommunications Association on April 7. The documentary began airing through 33 stations with The Programming Service for Public Television in June.


Editor’s note: This 26:48 minute film is a powerful message to political leaders, the international health care communities and the general public!

Experienced Texas A & M University (USA) One Health Professor Enhances a Dynamic One Health Program - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Experienced Texas A & M University (USA) One Health Professor Enhances a Dynamic One Health Program

Since 2015, Rosina (Tammi) C. Krecek, FRSSAf, BS, MS, PhD, MAP, MBA has been Research Professor of Global One Health and Interim Assistant Dean of One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (USA).  Dr. Krecek works within a dynamic, expanding One Health program under the auspices of an extraordinary CVM Dean, Dr. Eleanor M. Green [DVM, DACVIM, DABVP]  One recent dramatic example of the visionary One Health TAMU activities was demonstrated with a Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service report entitled “The Growing Threat of Pandemics: Enhancing Domestic and International Biosecurity - March 2017”  

Krecek has more than 30 years international experience at building sustainable One Health research, education and outreach programs in Africa, the Caribbean and the USA.  Her focus has been a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach for diagnosis and interventions to prevent and manage zoonotic parasitic and infectious diseases which impact resource-poor communities. She established a successful international agricultural consultancy in Sub-Saharan Africa, which addresses societal issues through novel One Health solutions. Two of her overall strengths are establishing international sustainable strategic partnerships, and leading teams to successfully achieve their goals.

In 2005, she was recruited as Associate Dean for Research, and Professor of Parasitology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts to create a research program which was completely lacking.  Krecek established and led a credible and sustainable research program with a One Health focus endorsed by all global, international, national, regional, and island stakeholders (i.e., World Association for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), etc.) Under her research and administrative leadership Ross established a One Health research program with several “firsts”: a Memorandum of Understanding signed between St. Kitts-Nevis Ministries of Agriculture and Human Health and Ross, which strengthened partnerships across diverse disciplines; developed a strategic plan and attracted comprehensive institutional funding to build research and animal facilities, develop operating policies and attract research faculty to support the One Health approach; established the Ross graduate program which was awarded accreditation from the St. Kitts-Nevis Ministry of Education; and awarded funding for the Ross Merial Veterinary Scholars Program. In 2011, as a result of this 6-year strategic effort, Ross achieved accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) and was awarded a full 7-year accreditation, becoming the first veterinary school in the Caribbean and the 5th foreign school to achieve this global benchmark.

Leading strategic partnerships and working critically in team efforts are proven strengths, as evidenced by the awarding of a 2015 U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract for a novel collaborative multidisciplinary training program. This “Bench to Shop” program ( develops an international curriculum for next generation scientists to take bench discoveries for high consequence transboundary diseases to commercialization.

Significant achievements during Krecek’s tenure as Interim Assistant Dean of One Health at Texas A&M held since 2015 have advanced the One Health initiative to the next level ( This includes 3 recent grant awards for the establishment of new interdisciplinary programs (e.g., comparative genomics of agricultural, animal, human pests and microbes; porcine cysticercosis biosafety and biosecurity international training initiatives including 21 countries, etc.) with several awarded. A critical process has been to compile performance metrics for campus-wide One Health research, demonstrating positive outcomes in various research, education and outreach programs.

Krecek currently serves with distinction on the One Health Commission’s Board of Directors

George Washington University One Health Team Wins in One Health Day Student Competition - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

George Washington University

GW One Health Team Wins in One Health Day Student Competition

GW One Health team members, Mallory Epting, Jeffrey Jacob, and Laura Venner with their mentor, *Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD

*Dr. Dunham is a member of the One Health Initiative Team’s Advisory Board

Ashley Rizzardo

June 5, 2017

Congratulations to the students in the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken SPH) on the GW One Health team. The team, including second-year medical student Jeffrey Jacob and Milken SPH students Mallory Epting, Emma Sullivan, and Laura Venner, finished among the winning teams at the One Health Day competition.

The One Health Initiative aims to bring together people from many different scientific-health backgrounds to explore collaborations in the realms of human, animal, and environmental health. “Many diseases are transmitted between humans and animals, and occur in the environment. Instead of approaching health alone in one field, these different fields can work together to address health concerns,” Jacob explained.

Each team was required to include a medical student, an ecology/environmental student, a veterinary student, and one non-medical student. Venner first approached Jacob, telling him about the initiative and competition, and asking if he would fill the team’s medical student requirement. Venner’s Milken SPH classmates, Epting and Sullivan, also joined the GW One Health team. The GW team is just one of several university chapters participating in the One Health Initiative, which has a global reach.

For the competition, teams were required to host One Health Day events at their universities to raise awareness throughout their communities, and then submit write-ups detailing their events. GW One Health took the task and ran. Rather than host the single One Health Day event, the GW team organized a week-long speaker series that took place during the lunch hour each day, alternating between SMHS and Milken SPH locations. The speakers highlighted their research and related it to the One Health Initiative goals.

On the final day, the team hosted a panel discussion with four new speakers who discussed their research and tied it in to the goals of One Health. The GW One Health team also made the decision to live stream the discussion. “I think that’s what sealed it for us,” said Jacob. “We were able to reach a much larger audience that way.” By reaching that audience, the team exercised a big part of the One Health initiative: including people from varying backgrounds.

The teams were then required to submit an abstract discussing what their One Health Day events entailed for review by a committee. GW One Health was one of three teams to come out on top.

For more information about the One Health Initiative, visit

Global ‘One Health Day’ Student Awards 2016 - Monday, June 05, 2017

Global ‘One Health Day’ Student Awards 2016

The One Health Day Coordinating Team ( comprised of members of the One Health Commission, the One Health Platform Foundation and the One Health Initiative pro bono team was very pleased to have received numerous outstanding entries for the 2016 Student Event Competition. Competing groups had to meet a set of criteria (see Eligibility Criteria) and were required to submit a post-event summary. The International Panel of Judges  was impressed with the work of the One Health Day Student teams, and the decision was challenging.

Congratulations to the Winning Student Teams!

Based on the Student Competition Assessment Criteria

These three 2016 Student Teams  each won a $5,000 prize (alphabetical order):

George Washington University in Washington D.C.

University of California at Davis, California

Washington University at St Louis, Missouri

The Planning Team added two additional  $500 Special Recognition Awards to the teams from:

Makerere University, Uganda

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Please see complete notice of the special One Health Day Student Awards 2016 on the One Health Commission’s webpage.

The Principles and Practice of Q Fever: The One Health Paradigm - Friday, June 02, 2017



Important New One Health textbook published...

The Principles and Practice of Q Fever: The One Health Paradigm




Nova Science Publishers


“A significant amount of comprehensive information based on the One Health approach is shared with the readers. We expect that the contents of this ...”


33rd World Veterinary Congress "One Health, New Wave" - Aug 27-31, 2017, Incheon, KOREA - Thursday, June 01, 2017


One Health and Planetary Health - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

University of Washington - Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Center for One Health Research Blog

One Health and Planetary Health

  • See complete article in link:
  • In 2015, the Rockefeller Foundation released a major report about the state of the planet, called Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch. This document outlines the case that anthropogenic changes in the environment are now threatening the basic life support services of the earth’s systems. Some of the concerning trends include biodiversity loss, climate change, particulate air pollution, ocean acidification, and deforestation. The report indicates a number of ways that this environmental degradation can pose a serious threat to human health in the future, and calls for urgent research and policy action to address these large-scale problems.
  • At the Center for One Health Research (COHR), we view these critical environmental threats highlighted by the Rockefeller Planetary Health Report as intrinsic to our understanding and application of One Health.
  • The COHR approach to One Health is to look at the interconnections between hierarchically organized systems of human, animal, and environmental health, as depicted in this figure.
  • SEE FIGURE provided in link.
  • Each domain of health: human, animal, and environment, can be seen as a system of increasing complexity, from the molecular level, up to the individual level, and higher to the community, and finally “planetary” level where global populations of humans and animals are interacting with biosphere forces, as detailed in the Planetary Health report.
  • The utility of the One Health approach to planetary health is that it shows how interactions at simpler levels, such as emerging infectious diseases in individuals or small populations, can be connected to higher level interactions with environmental drivers such as climate change and deforestation. In the same way, an “animal sentinel event”, such as a sudden stranding of whales or other marine mammals, while sometimes traceable to a proximate cause such as a viral infection or a toxic exposure, may be telling us something about greater environmental forces at work, including the effects of an expanding human population.
  • This  figure of interconnected human, animal, and environmental One Health systems, shows how an animal sentinel event at an individual or group level,  can be scaled up to shed light on planetary level forces.
  • SEE FIGURE provided in link.
  • A key advantage to using the One Health approach to address large-scale health issues related to environmental change is that animal populations, like the canary in the coalmine, may be more sensitive to the effects of a changing environment. For example, the Rockefeller report mentions the paradox of human health indicators currently improving across the globe despite the many signs of environmental degradation. By contrast, the increase in animal disease outbreaks and extinctions is easier to connect to the environmental changes.
  • While many of the interactions between environmental forces and both humans and animals can be negative, One Health can also provide a model for sustainability of these interconnected systems. For example, a farm with animals, if managed in a One Health way that optimizes the health of the humans (both farmworkers and consumers and community members) as well as the animals and the local environment, can provide a scalable model that will go far toward mitigating the environmental consequences of large scale food production. One Health therefore goes “local to global”, or, more accurately, “molecular to planetary”.
  • We encourage our colleagues working on One Health efforts to consider how to establish clear linkages between smaller scale interactions they may be investigating (such as zoonotic disease outbreaks) and the larger issues of a rapidly changing, and not so healthy, planet.

Editor’s comment: This presentation represents a thoughtful and reasonable assessment approach.  

Article provided by:

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH
Associate Professor,University of Washington
Depts of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences,
Global Health, Family Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Director, Center for One Health Research (COHR)

Dr. Rabinowitz is a longstanding One Health supporter/advocate and member of the One Health Initiative team’s Advisory Board

Historical Footnote: Regarding this issue, “A new Promotional published in The Lancet…in need of revision!”: was assessed as being incomplete and posted on the One Health Initiative website by the One Health Initiative team Saturday, May 10, 2014  Entitled “From public to planetary health: a manifesto”; published in The Lancet’s Correspondence: Vol 383 April 26, 2014—Page 1459.

Incorporating one health into medical education - Saturday, May 27, 2017

In light of the preceding NEWS item from The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)


“The professional and student organisations representing the Medical Doctors, the Dentists, the Veterinarians and their students sent a letter to the Deans of medical, dental and veterinary schools across Europe inviting them to work collaboratively under the ‘One Health’ concept to tackle current and future challenges for the three professions and our society.

The letter is here available

The following previously noted publication is essential for all U.S. and international Medical Schools to seriously consider!


BioMed Central

Posted One Health Initiative website Sunday, February 26, 2017.

 Open Access

Incorporating one health into medical education

Published: 23 February 2017

  • Peter M. Rabinowitz1Email author,
  • Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz2,
  • Laura H. Kahn3,
  • Richard Kock4 and
  • Marguerite Pappaioanou5


“One Health is an emerging concept that stresses the linkages between human, animal, and environmental health, as well as the need for interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to address health issues including emerging zoonotic diseases, climate change impacts, and the human-animal bond. It promotes complex problem solving using a systems framework that considers interactions between humans, animals, and their shared environment. While many medical educators may not yet be familiar with the concept, the One Health approach has been endorsed by a number of major medical and public health organizations and is beginning to be implemented in a number of medical schools. In the research setting, One Health opens up new avenues to understand, detect, and prevent emerging infectious diseases, and also to conduct translational studies across species. In the clinical setting, One Health provides practical ways to incorporate environmental and animal contact considerations into patient care. This paper reviews clinical and research aspects of the One Health approach through an illustrative case updating the biopsychosocial model and proposes a basic set of One Health competencies for training and education of human health care providers.”

European medical schools urged to adopt ‘One Health’ approach - Thursday, May 25, 2017

European medical schools urged to adopt ‘One Health’ approach and SEE letter co-signed by six organisations including the Standing Committee of European Doctors and the European Medical Students Association


"While the One Health approach has recently gained recognition in Europe and worldwide, the organisations said its application in education needs to ..."

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Health ministers in G20 Summit commit to address antimicrobial resistance - Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Health ministers in G20 Summit commit to address antimicrobial resistance

Down To Earth Magazine (press release) (registration) (blog)

In accordance with the fact that AMR is a One-Health issue, the Declaration extends support to AMR-specific mandates of the WHO, Food and ...

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