Ohio State Global One Health initiative (GOHi) – USA Columbus, Ohio (USA)   T he Ohio State University’s Global One Health initiative (GOHi) is the university’s largest interdisciplinary example of institutional teamwork operating on a global scale. GOHi improves the health of communities, build’s capacity among public health professionals and provides learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and scientists in academic settings around the world. Founded in 2009 by a team of diverse faculty at Ohio State, GOHi actively helps those in need across the United States, Eastern Africa, Central and South America and Southeast Asia. GOHi’s mission is to expand capacity globally for One Health via applied education, training, research and outreach to more efficiently and effectively address causes and effects of diseases at the interface of humans, animals, plants and the environment. Achieving these goals will fulfill GOHi’s ultimate vision to have capable professionals and institutional systems working together to support and advance a healthy, enduring global community. With these strategies in place, GOHi believes the One Health approach can be a model for academic institutions to develop systems to effectively build capacity for other complex issues such as climate change, food security and many other challenges facing the world today. “The future of One Health is becoming more and more critical because of current global dynamics. The human population is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and that is associated with increased urbanization and deforestation,” said GOHi Executive Director, *Professor Wondwossen Gebreyes. “All of those factors have potential to increase the devastating impact of disease.” GOHi activities and events within the past year have included: Coordinating and managing a successful 6th annual One Health Summer Institute in Addis Ababa during in 2017. The annual institute involves numerous faculty from Ohio State and regional partners delivering modular training, workshops, training and applied research opportunities.  Opening its first regional office in Eastern Africa in Addis Ababa. The office will enable GOHi to better address the issues of One Health in the region. Numerous dignitaries from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, the United States and Ohio State attended the official opening ceremony and celebrated its registration as an international NGO by the Ethiopian Charities and Societies Agency. Partnering with the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil and University of Nottingham, UK as part of the Global Innovation Initiative (funded by the U.S. Department of State ) to offer extensive training, events and research projects on global antimicrobial resistance issues including genomics, transmission dynamics, intervention and prevention. With new funding from the Brazilian government, the partnership is expanding in a broader area of antimicrobial resistance capacity building.   Working with institutions and universities in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to establish a One Health Eastern Africa research training (OHEART) program focusing on food, water and vector-borne pathogens. With additional funding through the NIH Fogarty International Center, GOHi is committed to narrowing the gap in scientific knowledge, research capacity, technology transfer and networking, using digital systems.   Achieving success with its Curriculum Twinning Program in Veterinary Medicine Assessment in Ethiopia through funding by the World Organization for Animal Health. GOHi is working with 11 veterinary colleges to assess, revise and update core veterinary medicine curriculums. Plans are to expand the twinning program to other countries and One Health areas.   Enrolling participants for the USAID Challenge TB: WHIP3 TB Collaboration with KNCV and Aurum Institute in a clinical trial. Already 878 eligible patients have been enrolled in Ethiopia to optimize TB treatment protocols for HIV positive individuals.   Working on global health security to prevent priority zoonotic diseases (rabies and Brucellosis) and antimicrobial resistance in Ethiopia. This is a cooperative agreement with the CDC and key Ethiopian public health institutes. This past year alone, GOHi, alongside its Ethiopian partners and the CDC, vaccinated over 8,000 dogs in Addis Ababa and trained over 70 physicians and public health practitioners.   Collaborating on Epstein-Barr virus cancer research with the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Addis Ababa Black Lion Hospital, researching the prevalence of EBV associated cancer in HIV positive individuals and setting the groundwork for vaccine research in the future.   Coordinating and managing the 4th biannual International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface in Doha, Qatar with partners around the world. The congress had over 250 participants from 30 countries attending. The congress connects international partners and world experts in One Health to accelerate global capacity and knowledge-sharing to reduce the burden of disease, environmental hazards and their risk factors. Currently ICOPHAI has more than 2,100 subscribers from 304 institutes across the globe.   Collaborating with the Center for Drug Discovery, Addis Ababa University (project lead) and multiple African countries to identify new therapeutics.   Expanding work on whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens through its partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Genome Trakr Network, a data bank that provides public health officials and researchers the ability for real time comparison and analysis. Through their collaboration with GOHi, institutions in Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Thailand are all contributing data to the network.   GOHi looks forward to 2018 and continuing to build capacity for One Health locally, nationally and internationally.   *Dr. Gebreyes is a recognized international One Health leader.   Provided by: Maureen E. Miller Director of Communications Office of International Affairs 140 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road, Columbus, OH 43210 614-247-2462 Office / 614-307-0062 Mobile;