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One Health Newsletter (USA), Volume 9, Issue 1 Published today - Monday, May 02, 2016

One Health Newsletter (USA), Volume 9, Issue 1 Published today – May 2, 2016

A product of the University of Florida (Emerging Pathogens Institute) - USA

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The One Health Newsletter is a collaborative effort by a diverse group of scientists and health professionals committed to promoting One Health.

This quarterly newsletter is dedicated to enhancing the integration of animal, human, and environmental health for the benefit of all by demonstrating One Health in practice.

The James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man (DIN) - Sunday, May 01, 2016

The James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man (DIN)

May 25-27, 2016 - Omni San Antonio Hotel - Colonnade in San Antonio, Texas - 66th annual meeting of the James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man

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DIN is a not-for-profit conference and serves as a forum for the presentation of epidemiological investigations, clinical case studies, basic and applied research, and other topics in emerging and current zoonotic and environmentally-acquired infectious diseases.   The conference's goal is to increase knowledge and awareness of these diseases within the medical, public health, and academic research communities.  


Participants include physicians, physician assistants, nurses, veterinarians, epidemiologists, virologists, microbiologists, parasitologists, entomologists, sanitarians, public health professionals, wildlife biologists, animal control officers, and others involved in the diagnosis, investigation, prevention, control, and research of zoonoses and environmentally-acquired infectious diseases.


DIN is co-sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Branch and the Texas Health Institute.  For more information about zoonoses in Texas, please visit the Zoonosis Control Branch's website at  For more information about the Texas Health Institute, please visit

Dedicated to improving the public health through a better understanding of Zoonoses and environmentally-acquired infectious diseases.

Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, Internationally Known One Health Leader Discusses One Health - Tuesday, April 26, 2016


One Health Initiative team co-founder, Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, and Internationally Known One Health Leader Discusses the "One Health" approach as it relates to Global Health, Antimicrobial Resistance etc. on BackStory with Host/Producer Joan Goldstein, PhD...please see and listen to video: .

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Speaker Treasure Trove at 2nd International Conference on One Medicine One Science, April 24-27, 2016 – University of Minnesota (USA) - Saturday, April 23, 2016

Speaker Treasure Trove at 2nd International Conference on One Medicine One Science, April 24-27, 2016 – University of Minnesota (USA)


Ann Bancroft and will be the noon speaker at the conference on Tuesday, April 26. She is the first woman to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles. She has recently traveled the length of the Ganges River as part of multi-year enterprise to thoughtfully explore water use through the lens of rural and urban communities. She will bring an unique personal perspective to “Water at the Interface of Health, Economics and Environment” as she takes the audience on a journey exploring the Arctic and Antarctic, and the Ganges River from source to sea, and illuminates the impact of climate change on polar icecaps and fresh water issues facing our planet.


Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, is well known for calling attention to the changing epidemiology of foodborne diseases, the association of tampons and toxic shock syndrome, hepatitis B transmission in health care settings, and HIV infection in healthcare workers. He is an international leader for preparedness before pandemics occur and on the use of biological agents as catastrophic weapons targeting civilian populations. His plenary presentation, "Turning Science into Policy; Minimizing Chaos and Maximizing Impact," will emphasize the critical role of science in making sound health policies for animals and humans. He is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Council of Foreign Relations, and the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity. 

Note: Dr. Osterholm is also a member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board

Arthur Caplan, PhD, is a medical ethicist and philosopher renowned for key public policy contributions to establishment of U.S. national policies in human tissue and organ procurement, blood safety, and compassionate use. His presentation on “Ethics of Personalized Medicine Versus Public Health," will explore the dilemma of public funds distribution for health investments that provide individual benefits to the few versus potential benefits for the many. Dr. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City and the head of the ethics program in the Global Institute for Public Health at NYU. 

Elaine Ostrander, PhD, is best known for genetic studies of the domestic dog that offer unique opportunities for solving human health conditions and fundamental biological problems. Her presentation on "The Science behind Personalized Medicine: Mapping Complex Traits and Diseases," will present foundational knowledge showing how medical research in the canine benefits both dogs and humans. Dr. Ostrander is chief of the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH.  She has won multiple awards including the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award, Burroughs Welcome Award for Functional Genomics, Asa Mays Award, Lifetime Achievement Awards for both her prostate cancer and canine genetics work, and in the 2013 Genetics Society of America Medal.

Adam Berger, PhD Presentation title: US President’s Precision Medicine Initiative—HHS Overview

Adam Berger is a Senior Fellow in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. His primary interests focus on policy issues relating to translational medicine, including the development of drug, diagnostic, and clinical and public health applications. He will present an overview of the U.S. President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Dr. Berger has facilitated numerous public policy discussions and reports on application of genetic and genomic technologies to medical practice.  He is the recipient of the NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.

Arden Pope, PhD, Dr. Pope’s seminal economics research on health impacts and costs of air pollution resulted in the current U.S. laws and regulations governing clean air. As one of the world’s most widely cited and recognized experts on the health effects of air pollution, his presentation on air pollution, health and policy is a must-hear for all air breathers. He is the Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University and was a Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. His awards include the Thomas T. Mercer Joint Prize from the American Association for Aerosol Research and the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine, the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science & Technology, Honorary Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award.

Provided by: 

Michael Murtaugh, PhD, Professor

Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

University of Minnesota (USA)

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Launch of the ‘One Health Global Think-Tank for Sustainable Health & Well-being’ – 2030 (GHW-2030) - Friday, April 22, 2016

South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH)

Launch of the ‘One Health Global Think-Tank for Sustainable Health & Well-being’ – 2030 (GHW-2030)


Professor Ulrich Laaser, Dr. George Lueddeke, Dr. Joanna Nurse


The central mission of the GHW-2030 multi-sectoral think tank is to contribute to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by working toward achieving the education and health goals in cooperation with the Commonwealth Secretariat using an international interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary global One Health approach. A major focus of the think tank will be on the health and well-being – physical, emotional, aspirational – of children and young people particularly as these relate to their personal security, physical and emotional well-being, education and employment and the sustainability of life on the planet.

Another Prominent One Health Leader Becomes President of American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) - Monday, April 18, 2016

Another Prominent One Health Leader Becomes President of American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES)

Craig N. Carter [DVM, PhD] Named President of American Veterinary Epidemiology Society

Reprinted primarily from Coldstream Research Campus - University of Kentucky (USA)

Craig CarterLEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) —*[Dr.] Craig N. Carter, a veterinarian director and professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL), recently took the helm of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) as president for a five-year term. 
AVES was founded by [Dr.] James H. Steele [DVM, MPH] in 1964 to recognize global leaders in infectious disease epidemiology and public health and to foster research to combat infectious diseases in both animals and humans. The society has recognized more than 70 world-renowned scientists through awarding the K.F. Meyer/James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award, which Carter received in 2011, primarily for his work on zoonotic diseases. [Note: Dr. James H. Steele is a recognized 20th and early 21st century Public Health-One Health leader/advocate]

[Notably, a co-founder of the One Health Initiative team, physician Dr. Tom Monath [MD], was awarded the prestigious Gold Headed Cane award last year in July of 2015  In addition, Dr. Cheryl Stroud [DVM, PhD], a veterinarian and Executive Director of the U.S. One Health Commission was awarded an Honorary Diploma.  Dr. Carter will be presenting this year’s 2016 Gold Headed Cane awards and the coveted AVES Honorary diplomas at the August 5-9 American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) convention in San Antonio, Texas.]   

“I consider it such a great honor and privilege to serve as the president of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society for the next five years," said Carter. "Since leaving my ambulatory practice in Texas, I have worked as an epidemiologist in service, research and teaching roles in the university, military and international consulting environments for over thirty years. Dr. Jim Steele — founder of the AVES and the CDC division of epidemiology — was my graduate professor, mentor and dear friend for many years until his death at 100 years young in 2013."  [Dr. Carter is the primary James H. Steele biographer].
Carter was recruited from Texas A&M University to the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment in 2005 to build an epidemiology program to provide for the early detection of animal disease outbreaks such as Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. In 2007, he was appointed to his current position at UKVDL where he oversees lab operations, conducts research and works with his graduate students.
One of Carter’s goals for the AVES is to attract more bright students into careers in epidemiology. Sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corporation, the AVES hosts its annual meeting each year as part of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) meeting.  The 2016 meeting will be held in July, in San Antonio, Texas. A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps will also be held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio in conjunction with the AVMA meeting. Carter’s military career spanned from 1967-2008, retiring as a full colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Veterinary Corps.
Carter said he has thoroughly enjoyed his many years as a faculty member at UK.
"Now nearing the end of my career, I delight in this opportunity to give something back to the AVES and to a scientific discipline that has been so good to me and the world.”

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

Tuberculosis in Animals and Humans: A One Health Approach - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tuberculosis in Animals and Humans: A One Health Approach

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By Charles O. Thoen, DVM, PhD
Professor of Microbiology & Preventive Medicine
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Ames, Iowa

Permission granted to post on the One Health Initiative website April 7, 2016 by Dr. Charles O. Thoen, an eminent international Tuberculosis authority, immediate Past President of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) and a longstanding One Health Supporter/Advocate
Note: This video may also be accessed by World Veterinary Association [] education portal e-learning reference:162322.

Interesting Influenza Historical perspective ... - Saturday, April 09, 2016

2nd in a series:

Interesting Influenza Historical perspective ...

Submitted to One Health Initiative website April 1, 2016 by:

*Steve A. Berger, MD

Director of Geographic Medicine

Tel Aviv Medical Center

Tel-Aviv, Israel

Almost 100 years have passed since Rose Cleveland (and over fifty-million other humans) died from the paradigm One Health Disease: "Swine flu", during January to April 2016, an alphabet-soup of "swine flu" and "bird flu" have continued to affect birds and / or humans, on all continents: H1N1, H5N1, H5N2, H7N9, H5N6, H7N8. In 2015, the list also included H5N2, H5N3, H5N7, H7N3 and H7N7.

Rose Cleveland - sister of President Grover Cleveland who acted as "first lady" to her bachelor brother - was one of approximately 150 famous people that perished in the "Spanish flu" pandemic of 1918 to 1920. Best known at the time were Francisco Rodrigues Alves (Brazilian President Elect) and Louis Botha (President of South Africa).

No less than ten stars of the Silent Movie era are known to have died during the pandemic.

True Boardman – appeared in 137 films; William Courtleigh, Jr.; Dark Cloud (Elijah Tahemont) – Canadian Indian, appeared in 34 movies; Myrtle Gonzalez – Hollywood's first Hispanic movie star; Shelly Hull – Brother of actor Henry Hull; Joseph Kaufman; Vera Kholodnaya – The first Russian star of Silent Movies; Julian L'Estrange; Harold A. Lockwood; Wayland Trask, Jr. – Starred in several Mack Sennett comedies

Following the Spanish flu of 1918 to 1920, influenza has continued to contribute to [or be associated with] the deaths of famous people: Pope John Paul, II; Juan Peron (Argentina), Francesco Nitti and Paolo Boselli (Italy); performers Angela Baddeley, Lillie Langtree, Tallulah Bankhead, Jean Harlow and Trevor Howard; baseball legends Dick Bertell and Hack Wilson; movie directors Jules Dassin and Luchino Visconti; and philosopher Bertrand Russell. In fact, two additional Silent Movie stars managed to join my famous-flu-deaths list after the Spanish flu had already passed: Edward J. Connelly (1928) and Henry B. Walthall (1936).

These lists are abstracted from a hobby which I maintain on-line at   The site is free and interactive – users can explore the medical file of a specific VIP; or generate lists by profession, disease, year … or any combination.

Note: This is the second in a series.  The famous people mentioned by Dr. Berger were associated with Influenza outbreaks but their deaths were not necessarily caused by it.  See his first article on the One Health Initiative website at

*Dr. Berger, a physician, was trained in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, is currently affiliated with the Tel Aviv Medical Center as Director of Geographic Medicine and is a One Health Supporter/Advocate

Major U.S. Company (US Biologic) Strongly Endorses One Health - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Major U.S. Company (US Biologic) Strongly Endorses One Health


April 5, 2016


Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP; Bruce Kaplan, DVM;

Thomas P. Monath, MD; Jack Woodall, PhD; Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH

One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team:


Re:     US BIOLOGIC endorsement of the One Health Initiative

According to the CDC (2016), “Scientists estimate that more than 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals." While human-focused diagnostic, preventative, and treatment innovations will remain critical tools in protecting human health, special focus also must be paid to the animals with which humans interact.

The One Health movement understands the interconnection between human and animal, and so its tenants of focusing on animal health to improve human health bear relevance to all global efforts to reduce disease, and improve and save human lives.

US BIOLOGIC has developed a unique One Health solution: an oral-delivery platform that can target “disease reservoirs” such as the white-footed mice known to be the primary carrier for Lyme Borrelia. This solution allows for cost-efficient application of the vaccine in a wildlife setting, thus changing the environmental role of the mouse from disease reservoir to being an integral part of the Point of Disease Prevention cycle.

“Implementation of such a long-term public health measure could substantially reduce the risk of human exposure to Lyme disease” (Richer LM, et al.  Reservoir targeted vaccine against Borrelia burgdorferi: A new strategy to prevent Lyme disease transmission.  Journal of Infectious Disease.  2014; 209: 1972-1980).

Toward that end, US BIOLOGIC is pleased to endorse the One Health Initiative in its many forms, and we look forward to growing together, creating groundbreaking technologies that may improve animal and human health all over the world.


Mason Kauffman

President & CEO

U. S. One Health Commission Chair, A Notable “One Health” Leader - Monday, April 04, 2016

U. S. One Health Commission Chair, A Notable “One Health” Leader

Joann Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH, a veterinarian and outstanding One Health leader, serves today as Chair of the Board of the One Health Commission (OHC)  In the recent planning stage for establishing a Global “One Health Day”, Dr. Lindenmayer played a key role helping to guide the One Health Commission, One Health Initiative Team and One Health Platform Foundation towards implementation and press release preparations  See Thursday’s March 31, 2016 previously posted One Health Initiative website Press Release NEWS item  

Dr. Lindenmayer strongly encouraged the “One Health Day” idea, brainchild of One Health Commission’s (OHC) Peter J. Costa, MPH, MCHES, Associate Executive Director Biography and Cheryl M. Stroud, DVM, PhD, Executive Director Biography.  The OHC’s executive leadership, directed by Dr. Stroud, engaged a visionary liaison with Prof. Dr. Ab Osterhaus [DVM, PhD] Biography, Chair of the One Health Platform Foundation Board (OHP).  Dr. Osterhaus is a veterinarian, and a prominent leading Dutch virologist and influenza expert.  In addition, the OHC and OHP concomitantly enlisted inclusion of the One Health Initiative team to help sustain activities and publicity for this international coalition partnering group. Additional information is available online at

Lindenmayer is presently Senior Manager of Disaster Operations and Director of the Haiti Program for Humane Society International, a position she has held since July 2014. Formerly the Associate Professor of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, she served as Director of the DVM-MPH Track of the Medical School’s Combined MPH Program. She presently holds adjunct appointments at the Medical School and a faculty affiliation with the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

A former Peace Corps volunteer in Sabah, East Malaysia, Lindenmayer graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and traveled to Niger where she conducted epidemiological studies of constraints to sheep production among semi-nomadic herders, and ran a small pro bono clinic for expatriate dogs and cats. She earned a Masters of Public Health degree (MPH) at the prestigious Harvard School of Public Health and was awarded a fellowship from the Medical Foundation for her research on dogs as sentinels for geographic spread of Lyme disease. In 1992 she joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and was sent to the Vermont Department of Health, and in 1994 she was chosen as a Fellow in the CDC’s State-based Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (STEPPS) Program and was assigned to the Rhode Island Department of Health. From 1994 to 2005 she held joint appointments in the Department of Community Health at Brown Medical School, where she founded the MPH Program in 1999, and the Rhode Island Department of Health, where she served as a chronic disease epidemiologist specializing in diabetes prevention and control. She joined the faculty at Tufts Cummings School in 2006 where she served on the Global Health Council.

Lindenmayer was the recipient of a One Health grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and she, along with colleagues in Indonesia and Thailand, assessed the application of a One Health approach to disease prevention and control by veterinarians during the avian influenza pandemic in Southeast Asia. She is former Co-Principal Investigator for the Cummings School award from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID’s) RESPOND component of its Emerging Pandemics Threats Program which, now in its second phase, aims to improve the capacity of health professionals from human, animal and environmental health to collaborate in responding to outbreaks of emergent zoonotic diseases. In 2013 she received the Roy Montgomery Award from the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medical Association for developing a biostatistics course using the flipped classroom model for practicing veterinarians.

She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Journal of Public Health Policy, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, Public Health Reports, the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, the Journal of African Health Sciences ("Animals as key promoters of human resilience"), Journal of Small Animal Practice, Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, American Journal of Public Health and Tropical Animal Health and Production, and Rhode Island Medicine, and she has co-authored scientific reports for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USAID.

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