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Position Available: Associate Director for Antibiotic Resistance (GS 15/CC 06)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Office of One Health
Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Division Leadership Position

Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

Associate Director for Antibiotic Resistance (GS 15/CC 06)

The Division is seeking a candidate to serve as Associate Director for Antibiotic Resistance to manage and lead the division efforts in the expanded program to address antibiotic resistance.  The 2013 CDC Antibiotic Resistance Threat report defined the scope of the public health threat, and the 2014 plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) outlined the necessary response.  Now the FY 2016 Budget provides an important increase in funding to make the CARB plan a reality.  This support will mean expanding and strengthening program activities in all 5 Branches of the Division, for the 5 pathogens named in the 2013 Antibiotic Threat report for which the Division has responsibility:  Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Salmonella Typhi and Candida.  It will also mean implementing sequence-based resistance testing and subtyping for Salmonella and other target organisms in state health departments, in order to detect and control outbreaks caused by resistant organism more rapidly.  We are creating a new full-time leadership position to coordinate and lead these activities across the Division, including coordinating the rapid expansion of DNA sequence-based surveillance for resistant organisms, providing strategic guidance to the growing research agenda for our pathogens and fostering the important external partnerships with federal and non-federal partners.

Highly qualified and interested Commissioned Corps Officers currently at the O-6 level, and Civil Service personnel in job series 601 (Health Scientist), 602 (Medical Officer), or 701 (Veterinary Medical Officer) at the GS-14 or GS-15 level are encouraged to apply. Follow the link(s) below to apply for this position:


The Division leads CDC activities in foodborne, waterborne and mycotic diseases, using surveillance to identify problems and track trends, outbreak investigations and other studies to identify risk factors and points of control, developing and supporting laboratory expertise for the pathogens for which we are responsible, improving methods for laboratory–based surveillance, and guiding control and prevention strategies.  We work closely with the networks of public health laboratories (e.g., PulseNet) and epidemiology offices to build capacity to identify, investigate and control health threats across the nation. 

The major duties and responsibilities include:


  • Serve as senior advisor to Division Director and other Division and CDC senior leadership on antibiotic resistance program activities.

  • Oversee and guide the antibiotic resistance budget formulation and execution, including coordination with other ongoing programs.

  • Coordinate or conduct comprehensive research and review of the sources of resistance, the flow of resistant genes across foods, communities and institutions, and the effect of mitigation efforts.

  • Participate in collaborative efforts within CDC, other Federal agencies, private and non-private organizations in the U.S. and abroad to foster better understanding and adoption of antibiotic stewardship policies in all sectors where agents of importance to human medicine are used. 

  • Provide leadership and expertise in the development and execution of research projects, ensuring scientific soundness and feasibility.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) One Health Office

Narratives of One Health in Action - Courtesy One Health Commission
Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Narratives of One Health in Action

One Health can provide a safe, 'no judgment zone' for many needed conversations surrounding our most difficult global and environmental health challenges. ‘Narratives of One Health in Action’ is a page where many items can be shared, from peer reviewed scientific case studies to examples of One Health successes (or missed opportunities) to Op Eds and Opinion Pieces. Opinions expressed here are not necessarily approved by the One Health Commission but are shared ‘because’ this is a safe, no judgement zone and we need to hear from many perspectives on many of today’s challenges. Thoughtful articles written in a professional tone will be considered for posting. Submit suggested items to

August 21, 2016

One Health – One Method of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing - by T. Shryock and M. Papich

Antimicrobial resistance is a globally recognized issue; therefore, efforts to combat this problem have been initiated by international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) as well as national antibiotic action plans in the United States, the European Union, and other countries. Many associations, stakeholders and professional societies have made commitments to fulfilling various components of these plans to combat antimicrobial resistance.

Provided to One Health Initiative website August 22, 2016 by Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, One Health Commission

Historic Physician Epidemiology Leader and One Health Advocate Dies - D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH
Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Historic Physician Epidemiology Leader and One Health Advocate Dies

D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH, the great American physician who directed the eradication of small pox in the 20th century and a strong supporter/advocate of the One Health concept, died August 19, 2016.  

Dr. Henderson served on the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team’s (OHI) Advisory Board  Early in the development of the OHI’s campaign to promote the One Health approach to worldwide public health and clinical health (comparative medicine), Henderson expressed strong support and encouragement.


April 22, 2007 Dr. D. A. Henderson, legendary leader of the worldwide smallpox eradication program said:


“I thank you for your email and congratulate you and your colleagues in promoting the "One Medicine" [now generally referred to as One Health] concept. It is an initiative that is long overdue but, at the same time, I don't personally identify dramatic solutions that are apt to change the landscape in the short term. I would note that when one has had the good fortune to have enjoyed the tutelage of *Jim Steele during my tenure at CDC and periodically ever since, as a friend, the one medicine concept becomes well engrained. Indeed, when I came to Hopkins as Dean in 1977, I cast about to determine how we might link up with a veterinary school for research and educational purposes. Unfortunately, geography was simply too great a hurdle to overcome.


Bottom line: I would be more than happy to do whatever I could in support of your efforts.”


 *Note Dr. James H. Steele [DVM, MPH]:


Important List of Previous "One Health" papers...noted August 14, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016.

In case you missed one or more of these One Health publications:

StepsCentre has an important list of previous “One Health” papers on their website.


“We are a global research and policy engagement centre funded by the ESRC, bringing together development studies and science & technology studies.”

Note:  The idea for posting this important One Health publications link evolved from communications with Dr. Cheryl M. Stroud [DVM, PhD], Executive Director of the U.S. based One Health Commission


The OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) introduces its new ‘One health’ web portal
Friday, August 12, 2016.

The OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) introduces its new ‘One health’ web portal

“A large amount of information on the ‘One Health’ concept can be found on this platform, along with details of global level action taken by the OIE and its partners to promote cooperation between the human health and animal health sectors.”

  Paris, 12 August 2016 - Introduced at the beginning of the millennium, this concept expresses in a few words the acknowledgement that human health and animal health are interdependent and related to the ecosystems in which they coexist.

Diseases of animal origin which can be transmitted to humans, such as avian influenza, rabies, Rift Valley fever and brucellosis, pose global threats to public health. Other diseases which are mainly transmitted from person to person also circulate in animals or have a known animal reservoir, and are susceptible to causing serious health crises, as the recent epidemic of Ebola virus demonstrated. These risks grow stronger with globalisation, climate change and changes in human behaviour, all of which provide opportunities for pathogens to colonise new areas and evolve into new forms.

The OIE believes that this concept requires a global collaborative approach to tackle the risks to human, animal and environmental health as a whole, and takes action accordingly. It builds on its intergovernmental standards and the worldwide information on animal health that it gathers, as well as its network of international experts and programmes for strengthening the capacities of national Veterinary Services. Moreover, it works in collaboration with more than 70 other international organisations, in particular those that play a key role at the human–animal–environmental interface.

The new web portal brings together the tools developed by the OIE to control worldwide animal health risks more effectively, presenting the actions taken with its partner organisations – in particular, the WHO and the FAO, within the framework of the Tripartite Alliance – as well as the tools used by stakeholders on the ground to support the joint work of the human health and animal health services. One page is dedicated to the OIE’s communication tools, which are aimed at diverse audiences and include fact sheets, explanatory tools, videos and press releases, as well as information on various events related to the One Health theme.”

 Communication Unit


12 rue de Prony 
75017 Paris, France
Tel: +33 - 1 44 15 18 88
Fax: +33 - 1 42 67 09 87


One Health International Journal - Two Volumes: 2015 & 2016
One Health Romania
Thursday, August 11, 2016.

One Health International Journal, published by One Health Romania

Please see links to the first 2 volumes of the One Health International Journal:



Provided On behalf of the One Health Romania Team, by:

Supeanu Alexandru, DVM, PhD(s)

Spokesperson for the One Health Romania Team

Phone:   +40 724 088 001


Dr. Supeanu Alexandru is a recognized One Health supporter/advocate (scroll down).

What Is the One Health Paradigm All About (in a Nutshell—and More)?
Monday, August 08, 2016.


What Is the One Health Paradigm All About (in a Nutshell—and More)?

By Bruce Kaplan, DVM – August 8, 2016

The One Health Initiative is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations between physicians, osteopathic physicians, veterinarians, dentists, nurses and other scientific-health and environmentally related disciplines, including the American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, American Association of Public Health Physicians, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. National Read More >

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A Systematic Review of Human Bat Rabies Virus Variant Cases: Evaluating Unprotected Physical Contact with Claws and Teeth in Support of Accurate Risk Assessments
PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159443. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159443
Friday, August 05, 2016.

A Systematic Review of Human Bat Rabies Virus Variant Cases: Evaluating Unprotected Physical Contact with Claws and Teeth in Support of Accurate Risk Assessments 

Citation: Dato VM, Campagnolo ER, Long J, Rupprecht CE (2016) A Systematic Review of Human Bat Rabies Virus Variant Cases: Evaluating Unprotected Physical Contact with Claws and Teeth in Support of Accurate Risk Assessments. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159443. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159443

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Note: Dr. Virginia Dato, a physician, is a member of the One Health Initiative team’s Advisory Board

Call for Information on One Health Research and One Health training and education activities in Western Europe
Dr. Reina Sikema, Emerging Infectious Diseases, department Viroscience, EMC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Wednesday, August 03, 2016.

Call for Information on One Health Research and One Health training and education activities in Western Europe

We are asking for your help to complete an overview of previous, current, and planned One Health (OH) research and training activities, including antibiotic resistance (ABR) in Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal , Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland, UK). This overview is to be published as a review in a special issue of OH review articles for Current Clinical Microbiology Reports and will focus on One Health in infectious disease research and training.

We designed a short and simple questionnaire [see Attached PDF], that we hope you can complete to aid us in compiling a complete overview of relevant OH activities in infectious disease research and training/education. It is a very nice opportunity to promote the One Health concept and any One Health activities that you may be involved in that are currently in place or that are planned for the future.

Reina Sikkema, DVM, MSc

PhD candidate Emerging Infectious Diseases, department Viroscience, EMC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Sikkema is a One Health Supporter (scroll down).

One Health Happenings! - July 29, 2016
One Health Commission
Tuesday, August 02, 2016.

One Health Happenings! – Courtesy U.S. One Health Commission

July 29, 2016

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