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

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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

Renowned Physician Interventional Cardiologist Endorses One Health Concept - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Renowned Physician Interventional Cardiologist Endorses One Health Concept


The One Health Concept: How Multidisciplinary Training and Collaboration Leads to Major Advances in Health Care

A One Health endorsement message from Gary S. Roubin, BVSc. (Hons.), MB, BS., PhD, MD, FRACP, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI

Cardiovascular Associates of the Southeast Birmingham, Alabama

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“The One Health, One Medicine philosophy of multidisciplinary collaboration has the extraordinary potential to expand scientific knowledge and innovation in health care. This collaboration can improve the longevity and quality of life for millions of patients. There is marked synergy between animal and human health. The way scientific collaboration between the Veterinary and the Medical community can improve patient care is well illustrated by the development of the First Balloon Expandable Coronary Stent. *

The writer was fortunate to have completed a 5-year Veterinary Medical Degree followed 1-year later by a 5-year Medical Degree at the University of Queensland, Australia. Following clinical training that culminated in specialist qualifications in Cardiovascular Diseases, he completed his education with a PhD in Cardiac Hemodynamics at Sydney University, Australia.

A National Heart Foundation Fellowship took him to Emory University in Atlanta Georgia USA to work with Professor Andreas Gruentzig – the pioneer of Coronary Balloon Angioplasty. Coronary angioplasty was plagued by the shortcoming abrupt vessel collapse and closure complicating this potentially valuable procedure.

The writer’s multidisciplinary skills facilitated successful research in multiple animal species and disease models. He collaborated closely with fellow veterinarians at Emory University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


This work culminated in the development of the first balloon expandable coronary stent and first FDA approved coronary stent in 1994. The innovative, early clinical work and the scientific foundation of the preclinical animal studies was the underpinning for a medical procedure that has been used in hundreds of millions of patients since its introduction.


Coronary stenting revolutionized coronary intervention - saving lives in patients with unstable coronary syndromes and improving quality of life in countless others.

Utilizing his multidisciplinary Veterinary and Medical skills the writer has gone on to develop devices for stenting of the carotid artery, embolic protection filters for the brain and devices for closing large bore access punctures in arteries.

There can be no doubt about the unique potential for the One Health Model for Multidisciplinary Training and Collaboration.”

*The First Balloon-Expandable Coronary Stent: An expedition that Changed Cardiovascular Medicine.: Roubin, Gary: University of Queensland Press 2014


Gary S. Roubin, MD, PhD

(917) 217 6070.

Medical Director

Cardiovascular Associates of the Southeast

3980 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham. AL 35243

(205) 510 5000

Provided by Dr. Gary S. Roubin to the One Health Initiative team’s website September 4, 2017 via Bruce Kaplan, DVM, and Peter G. Anderson, DVM, PhD, University of Alabama (USA) School of Medicine  

Note: Dr. Roubin and his colleagues’ notable One Health achievement, i.e. development of the First Balloon-Expandable Coronary Stent, was first reported by the One Health Initiative team in the One Health Initiative website February 9, 2010

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