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Prominent Netherlands Physician Appointed First One Health Professor for Utrecht Life Sciences Faculty of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine - Sunday, June 05, 2011

Prominent Netherlands Physician Appointed  First One Health Professor for Utrecht Life Sciences Faculty of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Roel Coutinho the first Professor for Utrecht Life Sciences

 

“Zoonoses form the new threat to public health”

 

Roel Coutinho has been appointed Professor for Utrecht Life Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, with effect from 1 May. He intends to focus on the epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases being at the interface between humans and animals. With the double appointment of Coutinho, Utrecht life Sciences is providing a significant stimulus to the ULS theme of ‘Public Health – One Health’.

 

The Executive Board of the University of Utrecht has appointed Dr Roel Coutinho as ULS Profiling Professor of ‘Epidemiology and the prevention of infectious diseases in the veterinary-human domain’, with effect from 1 May 2011. Professor Coutinho will collaborate with the Julius Center at the UMC Utrecht to explore new lines of research in the field of epidemiology and the dynamics of infectious diseases. In particular, he is planning to focus on the epidemiology of infectious diseases at the interface between humans and animals, the so-called zoonoses.

 

Humans and animals

In the wake of the Second World War, morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases started to decline more markedly in industrialised nations, due to the availability of effective vaccines and anti-microbial agents. “The result was great optimism. Many people assumed that infectious diseases had been suppressed”, comments Coutinho. “In the 1980s, HIV and AIDS forced a reversal in how people viewed infectious diseases. We realised that new infectious diseases are always appearing. Many of the new infectious diseases, and others appearing hither and thither, seemed to originate in the animal kingdom, from wild animals and also from domesticated livestock.” The latter source was more prominent in the Netherlands, with Bird Flu and Q fever, for instance. Professor Coutinho is concerned: “Zoonoses form the new threat to public health.”

 

Education

In addition to his research, Professor Coutinho will also be involved in teaching medical and veterinary students in the final stages of their training. He says “Collaboration between veterinarians and doctors is generally regarded as being essential in order to improve our chances of combating any zoonoses that might appear. This is why it is so important to maintain a focus of our concentration on this notion of ‘One Health’ during the students’ education.”

 

Coutinho

Professor Coutinho is a physician and a microbiologist, and Director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Control (CIb) at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). He was previously the director of the GGD (Municipal Health Service) Amsterdam and a professor at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. He will combine his professorial duties at ULS with his present responsibilities at the RIVM.

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Note to editorial staff:

For more information, please contact Saskia Ebeling via +31 30 253 8756 or

s.ebeling@utrechtlifesciences.nl.

Utrecht Life Sciences

Utrecht Life Sciences is a strategic partnership of academic, public and commercial players in the fields of education, research and innovation in life sciences. ULS acts as a driving force by generating collaboration among partners to promote healthcare for humans and animals. The ULS target programmes are ‘Public Health – One Health’ and ‘Cancer, Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells’.

 

Utrecht Life Sciences is an initiative by the University of Utrecht, the Utrecht University Medical Center, the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and Danone. The other partners are the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research (of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), Genmab, GlaxoSmithKline, Immuno Valley, TNO and Utrecht Holdings. ULS is supported by the Province of Utrecht, the Municipality of Utrecht and the Utrecht Region Innovation Taskforce. The strategic partners in education, research and entrepreneurship are all based at the Utrecht Science Park.

 

www.utrechtlifesciences.nl


Visionary Canadian Medical and Veterinary Medical College Deans Jointly Discuss One Health - Thursday, June 02, 2011

Visionary Canadian Medical and Veterinary Medical College Deans Jointly Discuss One Health

 

A visionary joint meeting of Deans from the Canadian medical and veterinary medical colleges was held in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Toronto, Canada, in May 2011.  The theme of the meeting, jointly organized by Elizabeth Stone (Dean, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph) and William Albritton (Dean, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan), was “People and Animals Sharing Disease: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Perspectives”.  In addition to medical and veterinary medical Deans, meeting participants included representatives from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.  The event featured presentations on One Health and zoonotic disease prioritization by David Fisman (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto) and Jan Sargeant (Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, University of Guelph), integration of veterinary medicine and human health in the community (Kate Hodgson, University of Toronto), and Rabies as a model for best practices for zoonotic disease prevention (Cathleen Hanlon, Kansas State University). 

 

 

  

The meeting provided a forum for active discussion of zoonotic disease initiatives from both human health and animal health perspectives.  Topics discussed included the potential for novel initiatives in joint undergraduate and postgraduate medical and veterinary teaching; the possibility of developing or identifying collaborative funding streams for joint medical and veterinary research in a climate of fiscal restraint, and the degree to which One Health efforts should be embedded in a broader emerging focus on “ecohealth”, which considers the health of humans and animals in the context of broader environmental health.  A concept that generated considerable discussion was that of “zooeyia”, or health benefits of animal ownership, and it was argued that medical-veterinary education should stress this in addition to a more traditional focus on zoonotic disease risk.  It is anticipated that this will become an annual event, resulting in stronger networks between the medical and veterinary medical colleges. 

 

 

Information provided by:

 

David, Fisman, MD, MPH

Dalla Lana School of Public Health

University of Toronto and Department of Medicine

North York General Hospital (Canada)

 

and

 

Jan M. Sargeant, DVM, MSc, PhD

Director, Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) and

Professor, Department of Population Medicine

Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Dr. Fisman is a member of the One Health Initiative Team’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php and on the editorial Board of the Florida (USA) State Health Department’s One Health Newsletter http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/newsletter.php.

 

Drs. William Albritton and Fisman are physicians.  Drs. Elizabeth Stone, Jan Sargeant, Kate Hodgson, and Cathleen Hanlon are veterinarians.


Prominent Swedish Physician Advocates One Health Principles to Fight Global Infectious Disease - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Prominent Swedish Physician Advocates One Health Principles to Fight Global Infectious Disease

 

 

“With humans seemingly fighting a losing battle against the invasion of an ever-changing army of infectious diseases, how do we predict and prepare for the next epidemic?  Björn Olsen, MD, PhD, Professor and Senior Physician of Infectious Diseases at Uppsala University, argues that only a continual collaborative effort between medical and ecological disciplines, to understand the relationship between infectious disease and biodiversity, can hope to stem the tide.  ...

 

To read complete article: Please see link http://alturl.com/wtpnj or PDF attachment posted on One Health Initiative website’s Publications page http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications.php.                                                          

 

Dr. Olsen is a member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.

 

Article produced by Projects Magazine - www.projectsmagazine.eu.com


General Invitation to "One Health" open forum discussion – RE: International Society of One Health Proposal - Friday, May 27, 2011

General Invitation to "One Health" open forum discussion – RE: International Society of One Health Proposal

 

During the first International Congress on One Health held in Melbourne in February 2011, it was agreed to hold a one day meeting to discuss the best way forward for the One Health initiative. The possibility was discussed of the formation of an International Society of One Health as one way forward but it was recognized that other options might be preferable. There was strong support for a second International One Health Congress.

 

We would like to extend an open invitation to any interested person or party to attend a meeting in London, U.K. in late June.  The agenda for is meeting is given below:

 

Agenda

 

1. Introduction and background to meeting

2. Do we need a new international "body" to further progress "One Health" such as an International Society for One Health.

         - why is something needed?

         - what would be its functions?

         - given the above how should it be structured, managed and be located?

3. Do we need a One Health dedicated journal? If yes

           - how should it be produced (hard copy, e journal, web-based)

           - how should be organized and financed

4. Do we want a second International One Health Congress. If yes

           - who will organize this,

           - where and when

           - what format and areas should be covered

5. Summary and next steps

 

 

If you are interested please contact Anne Partridge at Anne.Partridge@CSIRO.AU as an expression of interest. Based on the response we will get back to you with further details,

 

The Organizing Committee,

 

Professor Martyn Jeggo

Professor John Mackenzie

Dr. David Heymann

Dr. Jimmy Smith 

  

Professor Martyn Jeggo
Director

Australian Animal Health Laboratory

CSIRO Livestock Industries

PMB 24

Geelong   Vic   3220

Tel:  03 5227 5511

Fax: 03 5227 5250

Mobile:  0409 166 752

 

Posted by One Health Initiative website team upon request May 27, 2011


Symposium: One World, One Health, One Medicine - Boston, MA (USA) - October 21, 2011 - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Notice: Don’t Miss Important One Health Symposium Scheduled in October 2011

49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

 Symposium: One World, One Health, One Medicine - Boston, MA (USA)

Friday, October 21, 2011: 2:15 PM-4:15 PM

 Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

·                  describe the mission of the One Health initiative to unite physicians, veterinarians, and other health care professionals to improve human health

·                  recognize the importance of the interface of humans, animals, and the environment in development of infectious diseases

·                  summarize how global hotspots for emerging and reemerging infectious diseases are identified and monitored

·                  review how the interactions of humans, domestic animals, and wildlife contribute to emerging infectious diseases

·                  propose how emergent zoonoses can be identified and prevented 

Target Audience: Vaccinologists, Scientists, Researchers, Public Health Practitioners, Pharmacists, Nurses, Microbiologists, Lab Personnel, Investigators, Infectious Diseases Physicians, Infectious Diseases Pediatricians, Infection Preventionists, Hospital Epidemiologists, Hospital Administrators, HIV Clinicians, Health Care Workers, Fellows-in-Training, Epidemiologists, Clinicians, Academicians

 

Moderators:  James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA, Emory University School of Medicine and Lonnie King, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University

 

Speakers:  Lisa Conti, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Florida Department of Health , Peter Daszak, PhD, EcoHealth Alliance , Cathleen A. Hanlon, DVM, PhD, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

 

Presentations:

One Health: Issues at the Human-Animal-Environment Interface 
Lisa Conti, DVM, MPH, DACVPM  

A Hotspots Approach to Targeting Surveillance and Control of Emerging Diseases
Peter Daszak, PhD  

Emerging Infections at the Human-Domestic Animal Interface 
Cathleen A. Hanlon, DVM, PhD  

Using a One Health Approach to Identify the Emergence and Mitigate the Spread of Potentially Pandemic Zoonoses 
Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD

 

For More Information See: http://idsa.confex.com/idsa/2011/webprogram/Session2361.html

Registration Information: http://registration3.experient-inc.com/showIDS111/default.aspx?showLink=ATTENDEE

       


Reminder... Important New “One Health” Oriented Journal Publication from Sweden - Saturday, May 21, 2011

Reminder...

 

Important New “One Health” Oriented Journal Publication from Sweden

 

Infection Ecology and Epidemiology – This journal is now available and online.   Read more here.

 

Aims & Scope


Infection Ecology & Epidemiology (IEE) is a peer-reviewed Open Access journal aiming to be a truly international forum for the free exchange of original, cross-disciplinary, high quality papers from researchers in multiple medical and ecological disciplines engaged in describing the complexity of zoonotic infections and what exactly happens at the interface between wild and domestic animals, and humans.

 

Please see: http://www.infectionecologyandepidemiology.net and http://www.infee.se/infee/node/6.

 

Message from IEE Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor:

 

“Thank you for registering to the Infection Ecology and Epidemiology Network member list where it is possible log on information as well as search for potential collaborators http://www.infee.se/scripts/members.php). We hope you will find it useful and that it may facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations with potential to increase knowledge of the emergence, spread and effects of infectious disease in humans, domestic animals and wildlife.

 

In February 2011 we launched a new open access journal, Infection Ecology & Epidemiology (www.infectionecologyandepidemiology.net). It is a peer-reviewed journal aiming to be a truly international forum for the free exchange of original, cross-disciplinary, high quality papers from researchers in multiple medical and ecological disciplines engaged in describing the complexity of zoonotic infections and what exactly happens at the interface between wild and domestic animals, and humans. The journal specifically welcomes studies from the developing world and studies where researchers from multiple medical and ecological disciplines are collaborating.

 

We hope that this journal will contribute to a better understanding of the consequences our way of living has not only for the outbreak of new diseases and the return of old ones but also for the global spread of infectious diseases we cannot control. Please note that all publishing charges are removed during 2011 and we invite anyone who has a suitable study to submit their work to our journal. We promise to process them swiftly and if they hold the required quality, publish them!

 We are also looking for reviewers and would like to ask you to log on and register.

 If you have any questions regarding the journal or the network, do not hesitate to contact Björn Olsen (bjorn.olsen@medsci.uu.se ) or Lovisa Svensson (Lovisa.svensson@sva.se)!

 

Welcome to the Infection Ecology and Epidemiology, IEE Network!”

 

Best wishes,

 

Björn Olsen, MD, PhD,

 Project leader and Editor-in-Chief

 

Lovisa Svensson, PhD, Project Coordinator and Managing Editor


One Health in ACTION ... “Conservation Through Public Health” (CTPH) Uganda Supports One Health - May 17, 2011 - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One Health in ACTION ...

 

“Conservation Through Public Health” (CTPH) Uganda Supports One Health

 

May 17, 2011--Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, BVM, MRCVS, Chief Executive Officer of Conservation through Public Health (CTPH) http://www.ctph.org/index.php

from Kampala, Uganda notified the One Health Initiative website team today of CTPH’s strong “support of One Health and desire to develop some joint projects together.”

 

Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka said, “We have grassroots “One Health” programs in Uganda and DRC working closely with the government and local communities. Your website looks great and your mission and vision statements are similar to Conservation Through Public Health's, giving many opportunities for collaboration. On top of being a supporter of the One Health Initiative we would like to develop joint projects with you. We would also like to add you onto our website.”

 

A wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CTPH, an international grassroots non-governmental organization (NGO), to promote conservation with public health by improving primary health services for people and animals around protected areas throughout Uganda.  She is also a recent recipient of the prestigious 2011 Women of Discovery Humanitarian Award http://explore.wingsworldquest.org/Gladys_Kalema-Zikusoka from Wings World Quest in New York (USA) on April 15, 2011.  

 


The Biological Weapons Convention: Proceeding without a verification protocol - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - May 9 2011 - Monday, May 16, 2011

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Biological Weapons Convention: Proceeding without a verification protocol

[... "One Health" efforts including surveillance of human, animal, and plant diseases should be encouraged, expanded, and supported. ...]

 

The Seventh Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) will be held this December in Geneva, with member states convening to assess the bioweapons nonproliferation regime and discuss ways to improve it. But is it worth trying to strengthen the BWC? Since its inception, the treaty has been plagued with well-recognized deficiencies: It lacks an implementing body, a verification protocol, an ability to investigate alleged violations, universality (it has only 163 member states), and industry support. Even after signing and ratifying the treaty, some member states (the Soviet Union, Iraq, and South Africa) contravened it by pursuing clandestine bioweapons programs. Yet despite its weaknesses, the BWC is an important part of the nonproliferation regime; improving it -- with or without a verification protocol -- is in the best interest of biosecurity. ...

Please read complete article:

 

http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/columnists/laura-h-kahn/the-biological-weapons-convention-proceeding-without-verificatio


International One Health leader/prominent Australian veterinarian to give Keynote address at Fourteenth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research – Baltimore, Maryland (USA): May 16-18, 2011 - Thursday, May 12, 2011

International One Health leader/prominent Australian veterinarian to give Keynote address at Fourteenth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research – Baltimore, Maryland (USA): May 16-18, 2011

 

Martyn Jeggo, BVetMed, PhD is scheduled to present the “One Health-One Medicine” Keynote address at the Fourteenth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) http://www.nfid.org/index.html / http://www.nfid.org/conferences/vaccine11/ on Monday, May 16, 2011.  This will be for Symposium 1: One Health Initiative.

 

Dr. Jeggo, Director, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Livestock Industries Australian Animal Health Laboratory (Australia), is an internationally recognized One Health leader who joined hands with his medical/veterinary medical/health scientist colleagues to plan, organize and execute a highly successful 1st One Health Congress meeting in Australia February 2011 http://www.onehealth2011.com/.  Dr. Jeggo’s primary physician collaborator for the 1st One Health Congress meeting was David L. Heymann, MD.  Dr. Heymann is Director, U.K. Health Protection Agency (United Kingdom) and the acclaimed Editor, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.  Both are visionary One Health leaders and members of the One Health Initiative autonomous pro bono Team’s honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.

 

 “The meeting in Baltimore is primarily about vaccines, their development and use but clearly recognizes the value of taking a One Health approach.  The program on the Monday after my keynote talk includes discussions about a number of vaccines for specific One Health areas and these include the Henipa viruses (Dr. Chris Broder) and Influenza (Dr. Rob Webster).  In managing the One Health risks associated with infectious diseases, particularly those affecting man and animals, vaccination remains our most potent weapon and by sharing our knowledge across the One Health area we will be in the best possible position to deliver the most effective vaccine solutions” according to Dr. Jeggo.  Christopher C. Broder, PhD is with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland (USA) and Robert G. Webster, PhD is a leading avian influenza expert and virologist on the faculty at the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Laboratory in Memphis, Tennessee (USA).

 

 

Also expected to attend the meeting will be physician Thomas P. Monath, MD, an eminent medical virologist, renowned international expert on vaccine development, a prominent One Health leader and member of the One Health initiative Autonomous pro bono team.  Dr. Monath said, “Dr. Jeggo’s leadership of CSIRO, a remarkable institution with a long history of achievements in animal health, and his support for One Health have been responsible for significant forward movement. I very much look forward to his remarks and those of his colleagues on the program”.

 

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Dr. Jeggo’s Keynote Abstract for Monday, May 16, 2011:

Title: One Health- One Medicine

 

Learning objectives: Participants will better understand the science, and organizational changes that are required to ensure that medical, veterinary and ecological scientists work together to undertake research that will deliver the most effective options for managing the risks from infectious diseases and other health related issues.

 

Summary

The first international Congress on One Health was held in Melbourne Australia from the 14 – 16th. February 2011.  Some 650 participants attended including doctors, veterinarians, agriculturists and ecologists working on a range of issues dealing with the risks of infectious diseases to humans, animals and the environment.  Equally importantly, the meeting was attended by representatives from key international Organizations  (WHO, OIE, FAO, EU, WB) as well as national Governments that will utilize this science and the research outcomes to drive policy and reform in the one health space.  This marriage of research workers and policy makers provided an ideal platform to debate many of the key issues around One Health One Medicine.  Not only was it possible to gain a current insight into the science underpinning disease emergence, food safety and food security but to put these in the context of the required policy changes needed to have real impact in this area.  This paper will explore both the science undertaken and policy and organizational reforms needed.

 

Reference Ist International One Health Congress; Ecohealth Vol 7 Supplement 1 2011 [posted May 1, 2011 on One Health Initiative website’s Publications page http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications.php]


One Health in ACTION … Unheralded Veterinary Medical Research Doctor Contributes to Clinical Human and Animal Medical Health - Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One Health in ACTION …

 

Unheralded Veterinary Medical Research Doctor Contributes to Clinical Human and Animal Medical Health

 

Another prime example of interdisciplinary professionals collaborating and influencing the course of medical (health) research discoveries has been the important work by veterinarian George E. Lees, DVM, MS, currently with the Small Animal Clinical Sciences department of Texas A & M’s college of veterinary medicine in College Station, Texas (USA).

Dr. Lees has collaborated with a large number of individuals (at several centers) who are not veterinarians - most are physicians and some are PhD scientists (mostly geneticists).  These include doctors affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Medicine (in Minneapolis) such as Clifford E. Kashtan, MD.  Others, whose names appear as co-authors on various scientific publications are Alfred F. Michael, MD, Young Ae Kim, PhD, Michelle Rheault, MD and Yoav Segal, MD, PhD.  Among other scientists affiliated with Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Dr. Lees has worked with Dominic Cosgrove, PhD and Velidi H. Rao, PhD.  In addition, other collaborators have been a canine geneticist Dr. Keith E. Murphy, now Professor and Chair of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University of South Carolina (USA), and physicians affiliated with Arhus University in Denmark, such as Dr. Eric Christensen.

A diplomate in the prestigious American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Dr. Lees’ outstanding contributions to “One Medicine” (now commonly referred to as One Health) were discussed in an excellent feature called a “Hero in Medicine” Our Hero in Medicine: George Lees, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine). 

“… On the outside, humans and canines may seem like complete opposites, but science is proving the two are more alike than different. Certain genetic disorders, such as Alport syndrome in people and hereditary nephropathy in dogs, are caused by similar genetic mutations. 

Because of these similarities, studies into treatments for the disorders--including work conducted by George Lees, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)--benefit both species. ...”

"Hereditary nephropathy and Alport syndrome are due to defects in the genes that guide the synthesis of type IV collagen," Dr. Lees said. "In dogs, this in turn leads to progressive deterioration of kidney function and the development of chronic renal failure during adolescence."  People with Alport syndrome often suffer from kidney damage, hearing loss, and sight deterioration. …

Please read the entire article on the specific link http://www.acvim.org/websites/acvim/index.php?p=560. Permission to reprint this article on the One Health Initiative website was graciously granted on April 19, 2011 by:

Jenn Armbruster

Communications & Media Relations Manager

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

1997 Wadsworth Blvd. | Lakewood, CO  80214 -5293

303-231-9933 | 800-245-9081 (US or Canada) | 303-231-0880 (Fax)

Jennifer@ACVIM.org  | www.ACVIM.org  | www.ACVIMForum.org


 
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