Goddard Forum's inaugural Pa. One Health Symposium focuses on zoonotic diseases - September 7, 2018
The inaugural Pennsylvania One Health Symposium
Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Goddard Forum's inaugural Pa. One Health Symposium focuses on zoonotic diseases
September 7, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A unique gathering of physicians, veterinarians, ecologists and conservationists took place in Hershey recently with the goal of improving human, animal, plant and ecosystem health in Pennsylvania. The inaugural Pennsylvania One Health Symposium, which focused on zoonotic diseases — infectious diseases that are caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi spread between animals and people — was sponsored by the Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Lead speakers at the symposium were Dr. Laura Kahn, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Jack Shere, chief veterinary officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Peter Hudson, Verne M. WillamanProfessor of Biology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State; and James Holt, Pennsylvania Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission member. ...
Journal of Animal Genetics, Transgenesis and Zoonoses (JAGTZ)
Saturday, September 08, 2018.
Journal of Animal Genetics, Transgenesis and Zoonoses (JAGTZ)http://www.lidsen.com/journals/jagtz is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal that publishes novel studies, opinions and reviews to advance the science of animal genetics, transgenesis, zoonoses and aquaculture, using a multidisciplinary approach and methods involving genetics, genomics, microbiology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, epidemiology, transgenic and genome edited animals, etc. Research and discussions that promote the "One Health" concept are greatly welcome. JAGTZ covers studies on all species including domestic animals, wildlife and aquatic animals.
Topics include but are not limited to:
Animal Genetics: molecular genetics; immunogenetics; molecular biology; functional genomics; mapping of genes, traits and QTLs; genetic diversity of economically important and/or domesticated animals.
Transgenesis: transgenic and genome editing of economically important and domesticated animals; cloning; breeding of domestic and aquatic animals; physiology, biochemistry, development genomics, genetics behavior, and exploitation of transgenic animals.
Zoonoses: pathogenesis, etiology, diagnosis, immunology, epidemiology and control of bacterial, viral, parasitic, mycotic diseases; veterinary and public health; comparative medicine; modeling; monitor and regulatory systems and policies; One Health.
JAGTZ will provide a valuable forum for cross-fertilization of ideas and techniques in the areas of animal genetics, transgenic technology and zoonotic diseases. JAGTZ publishes research articles, reviews, communications, case reports, opinion articles, comments, short notes, book reviews, etc. Authors should present their results as outlined in the section Instructions for Authors. Manuscripts should advance the scientific knowledge and be authored by scientists with expertise in the areas described above.
Establishing research priorities to improve the one Health efficacy of Australian general practitioners [physicians] and veterinarians with regard to zoonoses: A modified Delphi survey
Friday, September 07, 2018.
Establishing research priorities to improve the one Health efficacy of Australian general practitioners and veterinarians with regard to zoonoses: A modified Delphi survey
Steele, SG, Booy, R & Mor, SM (2018) Establishing research priorities to improve the one Health efficacy of Australian general practitioners and veterinarians with regard to zoonoses: A modified Delphi survey, One Health https://doi.org/10.1016/j.onehlt.2018.08.001
While general medical practitioners (GPs) and veterinarians are often the first line responders in the face of a disease outbreak, pathways to improving the One Health efficacy of these clinicians remain unclear. A two-phase modified Delphi survey of professionals with known expertise in One Health (‘expert panel’) was used to 1) identify key knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAPs) of GPs and veterinarians that would be consistent with a One Health approach to zoonoses; and 2) determine priorities for future surveys with Australian GPs and veterinarians to identify important gaps that impede effective diagnosis and management of zoonoses. A list of 13 topics/sub-topics, as well as a list of 25 specific zoonotic diseases/agents emerged from the first phase of the survey. In the second phase the expert panel identified general knowledge of the clinical aspects and epidemiological aspects of zoonoses, as well as risk management practices, as the most important KAPs and research priorities for both GPs and veterinarians. In terms of diseases, the expert panel regarded knowledge of Hendra virus, Q fever, Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV), anthrax and Brucella suis most important for veterinarians, whilst for GPs, Q fever, gastrointestinal/foodborne diseases, influenza, ABLV and local vector-borne diseases were found to be most important by the expert panel. Some differences were noted in terms of prioritization of topics/sub-topics and diseases/agents according to expert background (veterinary and non-veterinary). The Delphi survey technique enabled efficient collection of data from a diverse range of One Health ‘experts’/specialists and provided clear priorities for proposed future research, and potentially for educational interventions to improve One Health efficacy of clinicians.
Nobel Laureate Addresses One Health at 5th International One Health Congress Meeting in Saskatoon, Canada
Thursday, September 06, 2018.
Nobel Laureate Addresses One Health at 5th International One Health Congress Meeting in Saskatoon, Canada
Duke Student Research Project Documents Human Exposure to Swine Viruses
In the summer of 2017, a team of Duke students conducted research with Malaysian collaborators in demonstrating the presence of a number of pig viruses in pigs, pig environments, and pig workers' noses. The research is remarkable in showing a possible route for novel pig viruses to infect men.
Duke Graduate Student Finds High Prevalence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Among Patients in Sarawak, Malaysia
Through an eight-week, cross-sectional pilot study, Duke Global Health MSc student, Jane Fieldhouse, in collaboration with a number of US and Malaysian collaborator, sought to estimate the prevalence of and to identify risk factors for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and parainfluenza virus (PIV) among patients with pneumonia at Sibu and Kapit Hospital in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Shandong University Announces China’s First Ecohealth/One Health Institute
On August 2nd, Shandong University approved a proposal to create an Ecohealth/One Health Institute which is likely the first ever such institute in China. This new Institute will be comprised of Chinese and international professionals working across their disciplines of human health, veterinary health, and environmental health in tackling some of China’s most complex health problems.
US and Mongolian Scholars Conduct One Health Research in Mosquito-Borne Viruses
A team of three fellows, including one US and two Mongolian scientists, are working with Mongolian program advisors at the Institute of Veterinary Medicine in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to detect viruses which may be causing disease in humans and animals. Through this NIH-funded program, Natalie Wickencamp (USA),Saranzaya Enebish (Mongolia), and Batnasan Yondondorj (Mongolia) are collecting and studying specimens collected from humans, domestic animals, wildlife, and mosquitoes. Using molecular detection methods, they are detecting arboviruses which may be circulating in Mongolia. Natalie (middle) writes:
“Our team is currently conducting fieldwork while the weather is still warm enough to permit specimen collection. We have selected five different field sites across Mongolia based on their potential for a large mosquito habitat and/or for their close proximity to the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China, where there have been recent reports of a large variety of arthropod-borne viruses. Once we conclude the fieldwork portion of our study, we will analyze the specimens that we collect for West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, Getah virus and Batai virus using real-time PCR molecular assays. Our 20-month pilot study will help identify emerging infectious diseases affecting nomadic herders and inform policymakers on current public health needs.”
The One Health Platform organizes its One Healthcongresses on a biennial basis
Friday, August 31, 2018.
The One Health Platform organizes its One Health congresses on a biennial basis. These meetings are the world’s premier conferences for the global One Health community as they bring together One Health advocates for four days of inspiring lectures, debates, workshops and symposia.
In evidence of the ground-breaking and captivating nature of our congresses, we have assembled a selection of lectures on different One Health topics for you. These contributions have been video-recorded during the recent 5th International One Health Congress in Saskatoon. We are pleased to share these free lectures with you in a weekly newsletter. 18 single episodes in 2018.
“One Health Research Foundation Announces Inaugural Board of Directors Organization promotes research and training with emphasis on Caribbean MIRAMAR, Florida – August 29, 2018 The One Health Research Foundation (OHRF) announces its formation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, its inaugural Board of Trustees along with its mission to “improve human, animal and environmental health in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the world through support of integrative, multidisciplinary research and innovation.” ...
Please read complete News Release on attached PDF
A. Lee Willingham BSc, DVM, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies
We are delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming conference Application of the One Health Approach to Global Health Centers.This conference, the fifth in our biennial series, will be held on December 3rd and the morning of the 4th at Einstein and is being organized by the Einstein Global Health Center in collaboration with EcoHealth Alliance and the Future Earth oneHEALTH global research project.
This conference builds on strong high-level support for One Health and Planetary Health, recognizing that implementation of inter-disciplinary approaches on the ground remains limited due to a wide range of competing priorities and a lack of awareness and involvement of certain communities. While the veterinary medical community, and increasingly the public health community, have led One Health efforts to date, the human medical community has had limited engagement in One Health efforts, with few avenues articulated in terms of practical implications, opportunities, and benefits for involvement.
The relevance of interdisciplinary approaches is increasingly recognized as we face significant health consequences associated with rapid and widespread environmental and anthropogenic change. The pursuit of human, veterinary, and environmental health separately leads to an incomplete understanding of disease risks, resulting in missed opportunities for mitigating and adapting to threats and impacts. Studies of physicians reveal limited awareness of the environmental health aspects of medical problems in the patient care setting, as well as low levels of awareness about prevention or treatment of zoonotic diseases, which may hinder timely diagnosis and epidemiological investigation. While there have been calls for training health professionals in systems thinking to better prepare them to face these issues, at present One Health education efforts in medical schools are in their infancy, lagging behind veterinary schools which have made One Health a central part of their curricula. Wider adoption of One Health approaches in clinical care will require educating and training health care providers in certain novel competencies.
We seek to bring representatives from the different areas of practice, often siloed, to discuss critical issues that are faced in order to focus more attention on the One Health approach and its application to both medical school curriculum and clinical practice. We believe this approach can be highly beneficial for the medical and global health communities in addressing infectious and non-infectious disease challenges, particularly as countries seek to operationalize One Health and other interdisciplinary approaches. Our speakers represent such organizations as EcoHealth Alliance, NYC DOMH, CDC, World Bank, WHO, the Center for Disease Dynamics, NIAID Office of Biodefense Translational Resources, UC Davis One Health Institute, and Duke University, among others.