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New open-access “One Health Journal” announced - Friday, March 27, 2015

New open-accessOne Health Journal” announced…

Please see http://www.journals.elsevier.com/one-health

One Health

Official Journal of the One Health FoundationThe mission of One Health is to provide a platform for rapid communication of high quality scientific knowledge on inter- and intra-species pathogen transmission, bringing together leading experts in virology, pathology, immunology, bacteriology, parasitology, veterinary sciences, food safety, mathematical modelling, epidemiology, public health research and emergency preparedness.Submissions to the following categories are welcome:

Virology

Bacteriology

Parasitology

Modelling

Discovery

Ecosystem Health

Public Health

The journal is part of a larger, community-wide initiative which includes the One Health Platform and the One Health congress series.


Romanian Association establishes “One Health Initiative – New Medical Concept” - March 22, 2015 - Monday, March 23, 2015

Romanian Association establishes “One Health Initiative – New Medical Concept”

logo2mTHE ROMANIAN ACADEMY

OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

BUCHAREST,. Stefan cel Mare Avenue, no. 19-21, District 2, Tel/: Fax +4 021/ 311 53 (82) (80)

March 22, 2015

From:

The National Forum of Comparative Medicine

 Professor emeritus Dr. Nicolae Manolescu

 Bucharest, Rumania

 

To: One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team (USA): Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Jack Woodall, PhD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH

 

Dear colleagues,

We are extremely happy to announce to you the establishment of the Romanian Association “One Health Initiative – New Medical Concept”, headquartered in Bucharest, Romania, at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

Our association is open for all members, regardless of their legal status (individuals, associations and organizations).

The major goal of our association is to promote the pillars of the One Health concept, by reuniting, under a common roof, all of the professions that comprise the above mentioned concept.

The lucrative [productive] structures of our association are the following:

-          The Department of Management and Bio-Economy and Legislation

-          The Department of Comparative Medicine

-          The Department of Human Medicine

-          The Department of Veterinary Medicine

-          The Department of Environment Medicine

-          The Department of Food and Feed Safety

-          The Department of Zoonoses

-          The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products

-          The Department of Scientific Research

-          The Department of Education

-          The Department of Non-conventional Therapies

-          The Department of Comparative Oncology

-          The Department of Radiations in Medicine

-          The Department of Phyto-Pathology

-          The Department of Accreditation

All of these departments are to be managed by specialists in their field of expertise.

Our association is eagerly awaiting your feedback. We are also open and extremely interested in potential collaboration agreements, participation in scientific projects and any other form of collaboration that will bring clear progress for the One Health initiative.

Finally, we assure you of our full support [for One Health].

21.03.2015

Bucharest, Romania

President,

University Professor emeritus h.c Dr. h.c. Nicolae Manolescu

Member of the National Academy of Medicine of France

Member of the Romanian Academy

Member of the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences

 

The contact data for the Association:

Secretariat e-mail: secretary.ohnmc@gmail.com

Secretariat:

Dr. Supeanu Alexandru (+40 721088001),

Dr. Mihai Iuliana (+40 749022555).


U.S. National Park Service Updates One Health Brochure - 2015 - Friday, March 20, 2015

U.S. National Park Service Updates One Health Brochure

 

Developed by the U.S. National Park System:

National Park Service Office of Public Health, Wildlife Health, Integrated Pest management, and Risk Management.

 

Please see: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/OneHealth_brochure.pdf

 

Provided by:

 

Danielle Buttke, DVM, PhD, MPH, DACVPM

LCDR, United States Public Health Service

One Health Coordinator

Biological Resources Division/Wildlife Health Branch and Office of

Public Health

National Park Service

1201 Oakridge Drive, Suite 200

Fort Collins, CO 80525

Office: 970-267-2118

Cell: 970-631-5084

Danielle_Buttke@nps.gov

 

Note: An earlier 2010 brochure was posted on the One Health Initiative website’s Publications page http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications.php?query=Excellent+One+Health+Brochure.  The U.S. National Park Service is a longstanding organizational One Health supporter http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.   


Repeat: Important One Health approach for human protection via animal vaccinations/immunizations… - Monday, March 16, 2015

Repeat: Important One Health approach for human protection via animal vaccinations/immunizations…

Originally Posted One Health Initiative NEWS page October 9, 2013 - http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=+A+potential+large+scale+%93One+Health+in+Action%94+...+another+dynamic+case+for+implementing+One+Health%21+  

*Vaccines against diseases transmitted from animals to humans: A one health paradigm

“This review focuses on the immunization of animals as a means of preventing human diseases (zoonoses). …”

In simple terms, the idea is to develop vaccines that protect domestic animals and wildlife thereby establishing effective barriers against human infections.  Developing animal vaccines are less expensive and are less strictly regulated than are those for humans.  Hopefully a common sense One Health approach can go forward.

http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/Thomas%20P.%20Monath,%20MD%20Sept%202013%20One%20Health%20Vaccine%20Article.pdf

 

Subsequent supportive publication December 31, 2014:

Plant-based solutions for veterinary immunotherapeutics and prophylactics: Veterinary Research 2014, 45:117  doi:10.1186/s13567-014-0117-4 http://www.veterinaryresearch.org/content/45/1/117

 

http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications.php?query=Important+One+Health+approach+for+human+protection+via+expanded+animal+vaccination+Plant-based+solutions+for+veterinary+immunotherapeutics+and+prophylactics%2Fimmunization  

 “…So, it is viewed as inevitable by the One Health Initiative that humans need to reduce the use of antibiotics and turn to alternative, improved means to control disease: vaccination and prophylactics. …”

Abstract

An alarming increase in emergence of antibiotic resistance among pathogens worldwide has become a serious threat to our ability to treat infectious diseases according to the World Health Organization. Extensive use of antibiotics by livestock producers promotes the spread of new resistant strains, some of zoonotic concern, which increases food-borne illness in humans and causes significant economic burden on healthcare systems. Furthermore, consumer preferences for meat/poultry/fish produced without the use of antibiotics shape today’s market demand. *So, it is viewed as inevitable by the One Health Initiative that humans need to reduce the use of antibiotics and turn to alternative, improved means to control disease: vaccination and prophylactics. Besides the intense research focused on novel therapeutic molecules, both these strategies rely heavily on the availability of cost-effective, efficient and scalable production platforms which will allow large-volume manufacturing for vaccines, antibodies and other biopharmaceuticals. Within this context, plant-based platforms for production of recombinant therapeutic proteins offer significant advantages over conventional expression systems, including lack of animal pathogens, low production costs, fast turnaround and response times and rapid, nearly-unlimited scalability. Also, because dried leaves and seeds can be stored at room temperature for lengthy periods without loss of recombinant proteins, plant expression systems have the potential to offer lucrative benefits from the development of edible vaccines and prophylactics, as these would not require cold storage and transportation, and could be administered in mass volumes with minimal processing. Several biotechnology companies currently have developed and adopted plant-based platforms for commercial production of recombinant protein therapeutics. In this manuscript, we outline the challenges in the process of livestock immunization as well as the current plant biotechnology developments aimed to address these challenges. 


World Veterinary Association President Reiterates Strong Endorsement of One Health Concept - March 7, 2015 - Monday, March 09, 2015

World Veterinary Association President Reiterates Strong Endorsement of One Health Concept

“The World Veterinary Association (WVA) has practiced support of the One World-One Health concept in principle since its inception in 1863 even though the name applied to One Health may have changed over the years.  However, the 21st century brings major new challenges and an increased urgency for multi-disciplinary cooperation to address these challenges, which the One Health Initiative has clearly helped highlight around the world.  The WVA supports such collaboration in approaching these problems, especially in terms of infectious disease, zoonotic disease, the use of antimicrobials, and environmental protection.  Let’s change the paradigm from silos of professional interests to collaboration together, from reaction and treatment to prevention, from restoring health to maintaining health, from crisis management to strategic protection in the first place.  We know the best way to prevent human rabies is vaccination of dog populations as a “protective barrier” between the risks of pathogens in wildlife reservoirs and people.  That model would work for an infinite number of other examples.  With better education, efficacious health-related infrastructure, and increased research and development of new emerging technologies, such as vaccines and genetics, could we prevent some of the “spillover” across species, such as future Ebola outbreaks?  If we work together to prevent disease in the first place, the health and welfare of people, animals, and our shared environment will be vastly improved with less suffering and at less economic cost.” 

Please see the March 20, 2014 official WVA One Health endorsement statement http://www.worldvet.org/library.php?item=315&cat=1&view=item and http://www.worldvet.org/uploads/docs/wva_position_paper_on_one__health_concept.pdf.

Provided to One Health Initiative website March 7, 2015 by:

René A. Carlson, DVM, President, World Veterinary Association

Note: Dr. Carlson https://www.avma.org/About/Governance/Leadership/Pages/AVMA-Officers-Dr-Rene-A-Carlson.aspx, a past President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is a longstanding One Health leader/supporter/advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.

*Previously reported on the One Health Initiative website NEWS, a historic milestone World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ONE HEALTH is scheduled for May 21-22, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. SEE: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=World+Veterinary+Association%2FWorld+Medical+Association+GLOBAL+CONFERENCE+ON+ONE+HEALTH and program draft http://www.wma.net/en/50events/20otherevents/80onehealth/ONE-HEALTH-2015---DRAFT-AGENDA_20150220.pdf. 


Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (USA) Endorses One Health Concept - March 3, 2015 - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (USA) Endorses One Health Concept

“The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) www.ovariancancersymptomawareness.org applauds and endorses the collaborative and synergistic efforts of the One Health Initiative.   Our organizations share the mutual goals of advancing education, public awareness, and health for women in partnership with both the human and veterinary medical communities.”  

Each year, over 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 14,000 women die from the disease. There is an urgent need to share the silent symptoms so early detection and treatment are achieved, and lives are saved. 

Provided March 3, 2015 to the One Health Initiative website by:

Julian Schink, MD

OCSA Board of Director’s member

Chief of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health

Spectrum Health Medical Group

648 Monroe Ave., NW; Suite 115 | MC 999

Grand Rapids, MI  49505

and

Vallie M. Szymanski

Executive Director & Co-Founder

OCSA

3225 W. Main Street

St. Charles, IL 60175

www.ovariancancersymptomawareness.org

M: 630-335-5225

Note:  The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Jack Woodall, PhD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH strongly supports the goals of the OCSA and their One Health approach using interdisciplinary collaborative efforts to help save human lives from ovarian cancer.


Two One Health Talks - March 4, 2015 - Texas & Idaho (USA) - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance.” – Texas A & M One Health Seminar – March 4, 2015 (USA)

See http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/Kahn%20Flyer.pdf

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4, 2015! Co-Founder of the One Health Initiative, Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, will be giving a talk over “Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance.” This seminar will be from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) Auditorium (please see flyer below/attached).  An informal lunch for faculty, staff, and students to visit with about Dr. Kahn about her career path, life work, and advice. The lunch will be held following Dr. Kahn’s seminar at 1:30 pm in the Mark Francis Room at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Please RSVP by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2 to onehealth@tamu.edu

A native of California, Dr. Kahn holds a B.S. degree in nursing from UCLA, an M.D. from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University. Dr. Kahn is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a recipient of the New Jersey Chapter’s Laureate Award. In 2010, the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) awarded her with an honorary diploma for her work in One Health. In 2014, she received a Presidential Award for Meritorious Service from the American Association of Public Health Physicians. For more on Dr. Kahn, please visit http://onehealth.tamu.edu/seminars/dr-laura-kahn

If you have any questions, please contact the One Health office at onehealth@tamu.edu or 979-845-1393.

 

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"Integrating One Health in Environmental Policymaking": Former Mayor of Moscow, Idaho (USA) to speak at University of Idaho Geography Seminar – Tomorrow – March 4, 2015

See http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/geog_seminar_spr_15_chaney.pdf

Nancy Chaney, RN, MS – Environmental Science– Past President, Association of Idaho Cities and Board member, National League of Cities, former mayor, City of Moscow Idaho (USA) and member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php will be a speaker at the University of Idaho’s Geography seminar https://sites.google.com/site/uigeographyseminar/ on Wednesday [tomorrow], March 4, 3:30 pm, McClure 209.  The title is "Integrating One Health in Environmental Policymaking."  

Abstract: “One Health is a strategic initiative to expand cooperation among human, animal, and environmental health professionals. The concept has implications for community planning, resource conservation, conflict resolution, climate adaptation and resilience, food security, energy production, human rights, animal welfare, public health, environmental quality, and more. It also has implications for policymakers, whose worldviews may be informed by academic and vocational backgrounds apart from broad-based integrative disciplines like environmental science and geography. To approximate sustainability, policymakers must internalize the connectedness of issues and economic factors that make the argument for One Health so compelling.”


Another Outstanding One Health program…Center for One Health Illinois – USA - Monday, March 02, 2015

Another Outstanding One Health program…

Center for One Health Illinois – USA

http://vetmed.illinois.edu/initiatives/center-for-one-health-illinois/

“One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment.”

JA Herrmann, DVM, MPH, DACT
Director, Center for One Health Illinois
Director, DVM-MPH Program
Clinical Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine1008 West Hazelwood Drive, MC 004
Urbana, IL 61802
P: 217-265-6585

The Center for One Health Illinois focuses on fostering human, animal, and ecosystem health through the three broadly defined areas of education, research, and public outreach:

  • Education: To educate of a new cadre of health professionals who understand the determinants and contributing factors affecting human, animal, and ecosystem health (One Health), how public health policy affects the health of all three, and how public health policy is developed
  • Research: To understand disease processes that occur at the interface of human and animal activities and their effects on the environment
  • Outreach:  To improve our society’s preparedness and response to natural and intentional exposures of biological, chemical, and physical agentstreach is an important component of the mission of the Center for One Health Illinois. The center facilitates communication among experts in human health, animal welfare, and ecosystem health.

Past projects include:

  • Conducted the first “One Health Illinois” summit with invited key leaders from state and local agencies, universities, non-governmental organizations and industry to determine how groups may better collaborate to address human, animal, and ecosystem health issues in Illinois.
  • Surveyed workforce needs of local health departments in Illinois. This was a follow-up survey to one completed in 2003.
  • Used the MAPP model to assess community health in Stephenson County, Ill. (2009, 2013) and Champaign County, Ill. (2011, 2014) as part of the Illinois Plan for Local Assessment of Needs.
  • Designed and conducted a two day, national forum entitled: The University of Illinois Colloquium on One Medicine: Designing an intra-university public health program at the interface of human, animal and ecosystem health
  • Designed and conducted a functional exercise for the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies to test the readiness of state and local agencies in the face of a food-borne illness outbreak associated with intentional bacterial contamination. Journal Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Vol. 6, #1, article 49, 2009.
  • Hosted a one-day workshop entitled, “Tools for Integrated One Health Surveillance,” for invited experts from academia, state public health agencies and private industry.
  • Completed “Flu at the Zoo,” a multi-state, functional, USDA-funded react and respond to an outbreak of avian influenza exercise for zoos.
  • Continue to work with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on the development of an integrated One Health surveillance system in Illinois.
  • Hosted a free community forum series entitled “One Health & You: News You Can Use.” Topics included animal welfare, food safety, emerging tick-borne diseases, and public health perspectives on marijuana, energy drinks and antimicrobials in milk, meat, bottled water and vaccinations.
  • Developed and completed a four-part continuing medical education series for physicians and veterinarians, in conjunction with Carle Hospital Foundation, entitled “One medicine, one health, one community.”

Partners

o        Conservation Medicine Center of Chicago

o        UIC School of Public Health

o        University of Illinois Zoological Pathology Program

Steering Committee

[In the true spirit of One Health, this committee reflects an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approach]

The Center for One Health Illinois steering committee consists of:

    • Mark Dworkin, MD, MPHTM, Epidemiology Section Coordinator, School of Public Health, University of Illinois-Chicago
    • Ned Hahn, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Jack Herrmann, DVM, MPH, Director of DVM/MPH program, Center for One Health Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Ron Hershow, MD, Interim Division Director, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Illinois-Chicago
    • Lois Hoyer, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Yvette Johnson, DVM, PhD, Clinical Epidemiologist, Center for One Health Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • James Slauch, PhD, Director of the Medical Scholars Program, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Herb Whiteley, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

See more at: http://vetmed.illinois.edu/initiatives/center-for-one-health-illinois/#sthash.Lk5YWFKi.dpuf

Note:  Dr. Herrmann is a recognized longstanding One Health leader/supporter.


National Forum of Comparative Medicine in Romania Endorses One Health Concept - February 24, 2015 - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

National Forum of Comparative Medicine in Romania Endorses One Health Concept

February 24, 2015—On behalf of the National Forum of Comparative Medicine in Romania, Professor Dr. Nicolae Manolescu sent the following official One Health endorsement message http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/Endorsment%20Letter%20One%20Health%20Initiative%20(4).pdf to the One Health Initiative team:

 

logo2mTHE ROMANIAN ACADEMY

OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

BUCHAREST,. Stefan cel Mare Avenue, no. 19-21, District 2, Tel/: Fax +4 021/ 311 53 (82) (80)

 

February 24, 2015

From:

The National Forum of Comparative Medicine

The Vice President’s Office

 

To: One Health Initiative team, USA

Esteemed colleagues,

Thank you first of all for the good intentions you have shown towards our lucrative structures regarding the One Health concept, as to accept our endorsement letter. We highly appreciate your activity that has a major impact for the entire international community.

Within the globalization concept, medicine could not have represented an exception. It can only be a part of it and at the same time, the exceptional ambassador for it is the One Health concept.

We are determined to stand by your side not only from an endorsement point of view but also in a practical manner, due to the fact that our 50 years old activity in comparative medicine enables us to provide extremely useful aspects. 

Presently, we have planned by the end of 2015 to accomplish two essential points for the One Health concept:

1.      Environmental Medicine;

2.      Launching the educational bilingual (Romanian and English) courses of the Post Graduate School of Comparative Medicine, where alongside Romanian resident-like participants, we hope to attract foreign resident-like participants, from all of the professions that comprise the One Health concept: physicians, veterinarians, biologists, chemists, etc.

We hope that you will consider requesting our support in all of that is One Health.

With high consideration,

Professor MANOLESCU Nicolae,

Vice President of the National Forum of Comparative Medicine in Romania

Member of the National Academy of Medicine of France

Member of the New York Academy, U.S.A.

President of the Comparative Medicine Commission of the Romanian Academy

Head of the department of Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Medicine – Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences

Vice-President of the Mediterranean Forum for the Comparative Oncology - Italy

Honorary member of the Associazione Italiana Veterinary Piccoli Animali

F.A.O. – U.N. expert for the Romanian Government

President of the Scientific Board of the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority – Romania

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Professor Manolescu and the National Forum of Comparative Medicine in Romania are included on the One Health Initiative Supporters list http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php (scroll down).  In addition One Health comments by Professor Manolescu were previously posted on the One Health Initiative website’s NEWS page http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=One+Health+Comments+from+Prominent+Romanian+Comparative+Medicine+Professor February 11, 2015.


World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ONE HEALTH - Friday, February 20, 2015

Updated Notice: Historic milestone physician/veterinarian global One Health conference…

World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ONE HEALTH

Thursday, 21st May – Friday, 22nd May 2015 - Madrid, Spain

SEE: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/One%20Health%20Conference.pdf

 

Program Draft:

http://www.wma.net/en/50events/20otherevents/80onehealth/ONE-HEALTH-2015---DRAFT-AGENDA_20150220.pdf


 
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