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One health: Joint health research - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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One health: Joint health research

BfR, FLI and RKI support the European program for the reduction of infectious diseases in humans and animals

BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment


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"Antimicrobial resistance and threats through new pathogens are controversial examples of the extent to which the health and illness of humans, animals and the environment are linked together," says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). "A joint European research programme under the auspices of One Health can help to counter microbial risks effectively." The German partners of the European Joint Programme on One Health are the BfR, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute and the Robert Koch Institute.

The goal of the European Joint Programme (EJP) is to build up a European platform for One Health which satisfies the needs of European and national political decision makers and interest groups (stakeholders). To this end, European institutions from the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine and consumer health protection in the food sector are to expand their cooperation in order to achieve progress in the containment of foodborne zoonoses (infections transferred between humans and animals), antimicrobial resistance and new infection hazards (emerging threats).

The One Health concept takes into account the close link between human health, animal health and the environment. Accordingly, the close connection between the safety of feeds and foods and human and animal health and environmental contamination is observed. The examination of infectious pathogens which can be transferred from animals to humans is an important focal point of this EJP, a new research programme within the EU framework programme for research and innovation "Horizon 2020" sponsored by the European Commission. The One Health EJP (Grant Agreement 773830) is headed by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES).

The cooperation between the 40 partners is to be strengthened by the programme. Each partner also has reference tasks, which means that they set the yardstick for examinations. They already form an organised network and represent a research community in the thematic areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats. Over a total period of five years, a sum of € 90 million is to be spent on activities within this network. 50% of the costs are being provided by the European Commission with the other half being carried by each respective member state.

The One Health EJP will generate scientific data, methods and software programs which can be used by national and European institutions to assess health risks and possible preventive measures. An exchange with other large-scale projects sponsored by the European Commission will be guaranteed at the same time. One of the tasks will be the efficient and regular transfer of knowledge between the research community and national authorities, as well as international and European stakeholders.

BfR sub-projects

A further goal of the One Health EJP is the expansion of collaboration between the institutes through interdisciplinary cooperation. This is to be realised through joint research projects and integrative schemes, as well as basic and further training measures. The BfR is involved in five research projects and two integrative schemes and is heading the "Science to Policy Translation" work package, in which measures for the best possible transfer of results from the research projects and integrative schemes to the stakeholders involved in the areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats are to be developed.

The BfR is also coordinating the integrative project "ORION" (One health surRveillance Initiative on harmOnisation of data collection and interpretation). The main focus of this project is the exchange of data and information generated during the monitoring, collection and interpretation of data on health and wellbeing. Cooperation among the institutions is also being further improved through the cooperation of 13 institutes from seven countries active in the fields of public health and veterinary medicine.


About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. It advises the Federal Government and Federal Laender on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

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Ten Years of Important documented One Health highlights...still valid today: ONLY Tip-of-the-Iceberg! - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Why One Health? 

Ten years of Important documented One Health highlights...still valid today: ONLY Tip-of-the-Iceberg!

Editor’s note: By definition, “In a jury trial, a directed verdict is an order from the presiding judge to the jury to return a particular verdict. Typically, the judge orders a directed verdict after finding that no reasonable jury could reach a decision to the contrary.” 

The following, in addition to other documented examples [and many others in numerous publications], including endorsements of One Health/One Health Approach by a large cadre of reputable national and international individuals, organizations and institutions &, would likely lead most, if not all, presiding judges to issue a directed verdict in favor of One Health/One Health Approach implementation forthwith!


September 2017:

MOST RECENT, SEE Renowned Physician Interventional Cardiologist Endorses One Health Concept


August 2016: Former director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks at Library of Congress discussing (about 56 minutes) interconnections of human and animal health with environmental health.   Pointed out was that no one discipline or sector of society has enough knowledge and resources to prevent the emergence or resurgence of diseases in today's globalized world. This "One Health" concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals, and the environment


October 2015: Hudson Institute Report NATIONAL BLUEPRINT FOR BIODEFENSE:

Report in full:

TABLE 1: RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION ITEMS Integrate animal health and One Health approaches into biodefense strategies.

Recommendation 7a Institutionalize One Health. ... III. RECOGNIZING AND INSTITUTIONALIZING THE ONE HEALTH CONCEPT See pages 19 & 20

“...A One Health approach can also inform priorities for human infectious diseases. When it became clear in 2014 that no countermeasures for Ebola were ready for the largest Ebola outbreak the world had ever seen, many policy conversations that followed were about priorities. We must have a means of determining what to fund with finite resources. The threats and risks among agents of both bioterror and emerging infectious diseases are equally serious. MTDs have been very important for the prioritization of activities around biodefense, yet there is no analogous prioritization system for emerging diseases....”


December 2014: “The business case for One Health” - Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 81(2), 6 pages – Open Access


September 2013: Visionary landmark article Vaccines against diseases transmitted from animals to humans: A one health paradigm” by medical virologist and vaccinologist physician notes principles of utilizing the One Health approach, i.e. multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collaborations between animal health and human health industries and regulators can definitely help develop immunization products for such purposes.  gives reasonable guidelines to make it happen sooner rather than later. Examples: including West Nile, brucellosis, Escherichia coli, O157:H7, rabies, Rift Valley fever, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Hendra virus, Mycobacterium bovis, and Lyme disease. Indeed, another September 2013 publication was published that discussed the dramatic food safety potential for using a vaccine in cattle to protect against human foodborne illness caused by E. coli, O157


November 2012: American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) President Endorses One Health and


November 2011: National League of Cities - Adopted [One Health Resolution] at the 2011 Congress of Cities


January 2010: ILAR Journal, 2010, Volume 51 Number 3, “One Health: The Intersection of Humans, Animals, and the Environment”: ;


June 2009: Orthopedic Surgeons (a veterinarian and physician) Research Creative Hip and Knee replacements for Dogs and Humans Together -

One Health in ACTION!  Orthopedic Surgeons (a veterinarian and physician) Research Creative Hip and Knee Replacements for Dogs and Humans Together


March 2008: Classic relevant One Health PowerPoint slides at ICEID meeting in Atlanta, GA...from a co-founder One Health Initiative team & website, an eminent virologist and vaccinologist

Editor’s addendum:  Please see

One health researchers identify hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia - George Mason University (USA) - Thursday, November 16, 2017

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One health researchers identify hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia

George Mason University (USA)

Given the critical role livestock play in Mongolia, transmission of tick-borne diseases can have very real health and economic implications for livestock and the herders that tend to them. Dr. Michael von Fricken explored this association using a multidisciplinary One Health research approach, which focused on the interaction between nomadic herders, the livestock they own, and the tick-borne diseases they are exposed to. von Fricken spent a year living in Ulaanbataar as a postdoc with Duke University, under Dr. Greg Gray, working alongside veterinarians from the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and the National Center for Zoonotic Diseases.

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Note: Dr. Gray is an extraordinary physician One Health leader and member of the One Health Initiative Hon. Advisory Board

UC Davis (USA) Commentary on G-20 Nations recommend adopting One Health Approach for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Michael Lairmore, Dean, Veterinary Medicine

Dean's Musings

Addressing Societal Needs by Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

By Michael Lairmore On July 11, 2017

 “Infectious disease exists at this intersection between real science, medicine, public health, social policy, and human conflict.” – Andrea Barrett

As part of our school’s vision, we seek to address societal needs. In challenging ourselves to this daunting task of working to solve the most vexing problems our world faces, we find our people and programs drawn toward the interface of science, public health, and policy. In opening remarks at the recent G20 Conference, Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, praised Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel for recognizing that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to the health of the world’s populations and the future of economies of the many countries.

He indicated that as many as 700,000 people worldwide are already dying each year because of drug-resistant infections and that the cumulative economic cost of AMR will reach 100 trillion dollars by 2050, a cost primarily borne by low and middle income countries. The Secretary-General went on to suggest that “by implementing existing international commitments and recommendations of the World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Organization for Animal Health, countries can promote a more appropriate use of antimicrobials in a true ‘One Health’ framework.”

Antimicrobial resistance is an example of a major societal issue that our school has been making significant efforts to understand and combat. These efforts include forming partnerships with state and national organizations to inform stakeholders on a new Food and Drug Administration Guidance on the use of antimicrobials, to working with the California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop evidence-based science policies in California to ensure the proper use of antimicrobials to advance animal health, while not overusing important human drugs for growth promotion as feed additives.

Dr. Terry Lehenbauer, director of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, participated in a recent American Public and Land-grant University/American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Working Group to develop antimicrobial resistance curriculum learning outcomes, which were featured at a U.S. Capitol Hill Briefing. We have successfully competed for a new cooperative extension specialist faculty position focused on antimicrobial resistance research and outreach. This new faculty member will join a comprehensive group of faculty members who are studying AMR from multiple vantage points to address this important health threat.

The California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS) in Tulare, a diagnostic laboratory devoted to protecting farm animals, the food supply and the public against new and emerging diseases. The Tulare facility is one of four labs in the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, headquartered at UC Davis and operated for the state by the veterinary school to protect animal health and performance, and safeguard public health and the food supply.

Our California Animal Health and Food Safety laboratory diagnosticians and scientist are actively seeking ways to monitor drug-resistant bacteria in our food supply. Our scientists are using the latest technologies to genetically analyze food-borne pathogens, especially those that may be resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Our school has partnered with the Farm Foundation to bring together the state’s livestock and poultry producers, their feed suppliers and veterinarians to discuss the changing landscape of antibiotic drug use in food animals. Knowledge related to the proper use of antibiotics is then offered to our stakeholders throughout the State of California via our cooperative extension faculty through conferences, proceedings, and other public outreach efforts.

Collectively, our people and programs are on the front lines of counteracting AMR, exemplifying our vision to address this pressing societal need. In doing so, we are in lock-step with other G20 countries committed to promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials through a One Health approach.

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Michael D. Lairmore DVM, PhD

Dean and Distinguished Professor

School of Veterinary Medicine

University of California – Davis

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Davis, CA 95616

Tel (530) 752-1361

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Note:  Dr. Lairmore is a longstanding One Health leader and champion


Two notable public health (USA) ‘One Health’ advocate organizations - Friday, February 03, 2017

Two notable public health (USA) ‘One Health’ advocate organizations:


American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP)



American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES)

One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance – September 13, 2016 (Tomorrow) – Washington, DC - Monday, September 12, 2016

One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance – September 13, 2016 (Tomorrow) – Washington, DC

American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) -  

Dr. Laura H. Kahn [MD, MPH, MPP] will discuss her recently published book, “One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance”, in which she analyzes the surprising outcomes of differing policy approaches to antibiotic resistance around the globe. Integrating the perspectives of both medicine and agriculture and exploring the history and science behind the widespread use of growth-promoting antibiotics, Dr. Kahn examines the controversy in a unique way while offering policy recommendations that all sides can accept. ...”

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Note: Dr. Kahn is co-founder of the One Health Initiative team and One Health Initiative website

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION ON AGEING (IFA) Recognizes Health Value of “Human-animal bond”, a One Health Umbrella* Inclusion - Saturday, July 30, 2016

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION ON AGEING (IFA) Recognizes Health Value of “Human-animal bond”, a One Health Umbrella* Inclusion  

Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons: International Day of Friendship

July 30th is the International Day of Friendship, which was first proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly. The goal of the International Day of Friendship is to build bridges between communities by encouraging friendship and peace efforts between people, cultures, countries and individuals.

The relationship between people and companion animals has a long standing history, and has been documented throughout different cultures around the world. The “human-animal bond” is a mutually beneficial, dynamic relationship between people and animals, that has proven benefits for emotional, social, physical and psychological health. The concept of “One Health” is important to consider when discussing this relationship, and is defined by the One Health Initiative as:

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

As part of the Companion Animals & the Health of Older Persons Infographic Series, the IFA and Bayer Animal Health, along with several other partner organizations including One Health Initiative, American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAH-ABV), Animal & Societies Institute, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) and The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) created this infographic to generate awareness about the importance of the human-animal bond. ...MORE BELOW:

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One Health, Physicians (medical doctors), and more – June 28, 2016 National & International Status - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 One Health opinion...

One Health, Physicians (medical doctors), and more – June 28, 2016 National & International Status

This One Health viewpoint/opinion is from the perspective of having longstanding involvement in the One Medicine/One Health movement and being associated with

several of its past and present VIP leaders since 1962-63 beginning with the late doyen par excellence of worldwide veterinary public health, veterinarian James H. Steele, DVM, MPH during the 20th century and early 21st century.  The first decades of the 21st century involved engagement with Dr. Steele and principally the extraordinary One Health Initiative team leader-colleagues Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, Thomas P. Monath, MD, Jack Woodall, PhD, Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH, the late, great American Medical Association President, Ronald M. Davis, MD, MPH,

and others in the U.S. and worldwide. See


Ronald M. Davis, MD
President, American Medical Association
Director, Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. Henry Ford Health System
One Ford Place, 5C
Detroit, Michigan 48202-3450

July 3, 2007 – American Medical Association (AMA)

"I'm delighted that the AMA House of Delegates has approved a resolution calling for increased collaboration between the human and veterinary medical communities and I look forward to seeing a stronger partnership between physicians and veterinarians.  Emerging infectious diseases, with the threats of cross-species transmission and pandemics, represent one of many reasons why the human and veterinary medical professions must work more closely together."

Historically, doctors of medicine (MD, DO etc.,), doctors of veterinary medicine (DVM, VMD, BVSc etc.), health scientist doctors of philosophy and science (PhD, DSc etc.) and others have played a significant role in advancing the concept of “One Medicine”, now commonly referred to as “One Health” nationally and internationally.  Primarily, this promotes the critically important One Health approach utilizing transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary co-equal collaborations for obtaining efficacious expeditious sustainable Global Health goals including public health and comparative medicine aspects so adeptly displayed under the One Health Umbrella graphic

The One Health Umbrella concept was developed collaboratively by ONE HEALTH SWEDEN and One Health Initiative team physicians, veterinarians and a PhD health scientist working collaboratively in December 2013 and January 2014.  Notably, the lead ONE HEALTH SWEDEN physician, Björn Olsen, MD, is a Professor and Senior Physician of Infectious Diseases at Uppsala University and University Hospital (Sweden) and a member of the One Health Initiative Advisory Board  Dr. Olsen also established the first international open-access One Health Journal Infection Ecology and Epidemiology, The One Health Journal (Sweden)

One Health Initiative website letterhead maxims, i.e. “One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment andOne Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come” were presciently preceded by the famous quote “Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines--nor should there be. The object is different but the experience obtained constitutes the basis of all medicine” by physician, Rudolf Virchow, MD, 1821-1902, (Dr. Virchow is known as the ‘father of cellular pathology’).  There are abundant acknowledged professional endorsements and ample ongoing scientific evidence that it frequently has worked and does work like a charm!

Notably, there was also “[physician/veterinarian,] John McFadyean,[DVM, MD, 1853-1941] whose first love was veterinary medicine, receiving his veterinary medical diploma from Edinburgh veterinary school in 1876.  McFadyean graduated from medical school in 1882 and received his science degree in 1883.  He wanted degrees in Medicine and Science to prepare himself for an academic career in pathology and microbiology, grounded in the work of Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur. Although enthralled with the genius and discoveries of Koch, e.g. the famous Koch’s postulates … McFadayean respectfully challenged Koch’s erroneous assertion that Bovine TB was of little, if any concern, in its transmission to humans via milk and milk products.  Over a ten year span, Dr. McFadyean was proved correct and he was subsequently knighted in 1905 for his service to veterinary science and agriculture and for his brilliant work on the royal commission on TB.  He devoted his life to teaching pathology and anatomy, developing the field of veterinary research [subsequently called the “father of veterinary research”] and administering the London veterinary school. To this day, laboratory diagnosis of Anthrax can be confirmed by demonstrating the organism in blood, lesions or discharges using McFadyean’s methylene blue stain for the bacillus capsule.”

1.        Pattison, I. John Mcfadyean, Founder of Modern Veterinary Research. J.A. Allen 1981.

2.        Dunlop, R.H. & Williams, D.J. 1996.  Veterinary Medicine: an illustrated history.

        Mosby, New York. Pp. 399-401.


The above two momentous One Health physicians of the 19th and early 20th centuries, among others, were model predecessors to many later-day 20th and 21st century visionary physician One Health supporters/advocates along with the organizations they have represented such as Virginia Dato, MD, MPH, and Kevin M. Sherin, MD, MPH, current One Health Initiative team Advisory Board members.  Both Drs. Dato and Sherin are past presidents of the American Association of Public Health Physicians  More recently physicians at the Global Family Doctor’s organization - WONCA and, viz. Chief Executive Officer, physician Dr. Garth Manning and Newsletter Editor, physician Dr. Karen Flagg (Australia) have endorsed and helped promote the One Health concept.

In brief, when one observes the documented numbers of international (and U.S.) individual physicians and physician supporter/advocate organizations now carrying the One Health torch, the expansionary evidence is indeed substantial!

Private queries lately have been occasionally received by the One Health Initiative website saying: “I still can’t tell if the One Health Initiative concept has really caught on.  I think a lot of us believe in it, but don’t see much action.”  The response has become obvious for some time now:

The OHI team’s website has chronicled/documented One Health progress since 2008, making an effort to be ecumenical towards all reputable One Health players (individuals and organizations) on the world scene, i.e. giving equal access to and posting all known pertinent and reputable One Health NEWS and Publication items.  All anyone needs to do is review (scan back) through the OHI website’s NEWS and Publications pages over the past several weeks, months and years.  The story is all there in black and white...showing the “One Health approach” exponentially exploding with lots of ‘action’! 

In addition, the One Health Newsletter, an original product of the Florida State Health Department and subsequently transferred under the auspices of the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute (USA) has provided consistent outstanding publication access to all qualified One Health professionals and scientists.  The OHI team has worked closely with the One Health Newsletter editor(s) and editorial staff since its onset.

Gregory Gray, MD, MPH, the early farsighted physician director of the University of Florida’s One Health Center of Excellence for Research & Training and a member of the OHI Advisory Board established the first (worldwide) One Health PhD program in public health beginning in the summer of 2012.   Currently Dr. Gray is a Professor, Duke University School of Medicine, Duke Infectious Diseases & Duke Global Health Institute, Durham, North Carolina (USA) and Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and he continues fostering numerous One Health endeavors worldwide.           

Several examples are listed below of some remarkable pertinent One Heath textbooks surfacing on the scene beginning in 2010:

Human-Animal Medicine – Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and other Shared Health Risks - 1st Edition (2010)

The physician co-author of this landmark One Health textbook is Peter M. Rabinowitz, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, School of Public Health, Director of Human Animal Medicine Project (USA).  Dr. Rabinowitz is a member of the OHI Advisory Board and was formerly a strong One Health advocate at Yale Medical School.

Zoonoses – Protecting People and Their Pets :: Click Here :: - 1st Edition (2013)

Zoonotic Tuberculosis: Mycobacterium bovis and Other Pathogenic Mycobacteria :: Click Here :: - 3rd Edition (2014)

Confronting Emerging Zoonoses: The One Health Paradigm (2014) :: Click Here ::

Global Population Health and Well-Being in the 21st Century - Toward New Paradigms, Policy and Practice (2015) :: Click Here ::

Also observe the significant evolution of four (4) outstanding international One Health Journals:

The first landmark World Veterinary Association (WVA)/World Medical Association (WMA) Global Conference on One Health held in Spain in May 2015, brought together 330 delegates from 40 countries around the world to discuss the One Health Concept  The 2nd is scheduled for Japan in November 2016  The stage had been previously set for these historic One Health conferences in 2013, as reported by the visionary former President of the World Medical Association, also a former AMA President and longstanding OHI Advisory Board member, physician Cecil B. Wilson, MD

“One Health” per se still has a long way to go yet for full acceptance and implementation...but over the last decade it has definitely been catching on big time and exponentially worldwide.  This has been true despite the ups and downs due primarily to inadequate “public affairs/media” expertise and a decided tendency for individuals and various One Health oriented institutions and organizations to become more or less insular, commonly called the “silo” effect.

However, a “shining light on the hill” in the true spirit of the One Health example that demonstrates moving forward and away from the parochial standards of some other high profile One Health entities is the vital, invaluable co-equal collaborative activities of the U.S. One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative team, and the One Health Platform Foundation.

Note recent international joint press releases for:

In summary, the One Health movement is progressing nicely but needs continuous encouragement and promotion from all segments of society that recognize and appreciate its crucial merit for expediting and enhancing global health now and in future.

Prepared by:

Bruce Kaplan, DVM                                                                  

Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative website

Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website


Phone/fax: 941-351-5014


One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team:

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

Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH

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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Bella Moss Foundation’s – Antibiotic Resistance “Speakers from the One Health Conference 13th October 2014 Royal Society of Medicine” - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A timely One Health issue today (2015) as it was in 2014...

Bella Moss Foundation’s – Antibiotic Resistance “Speakers from the One Health Conference 13th October 2014 Royal Society of Medicine”

Beginning with prominent Public Health/One Health physician, David L. Heymann, MD – Editor, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual and Director, U.K. Health Protection Agency (United Kingdom). 

Please see and listen to:

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

Please read Bella Moss Foundation’s webinar link fighting the battle of multidrug resistant infections and

Note: The American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) supports and advocates the One Health approach.

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