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A system dynamics approach to understanding the One Health concept
PLOS One Journal - September 6, 2017
Saturday, September 09, 2017.

A system dynamics approach to understanding the One Health concept

Tai Xie,  Wenbao Liu, Benjamin D. Anderson,  Xiaorong Liu,  Gregory C. Gray


Published: September 6, 2017 

  • “As a milestone in the history of One Health, the symbolic umbrella' [], developed by One Health Sweden in cooperation with the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, illustrates the broad One Health scope.  According to the `umbrella', the goal of One Heath is to promote a worldwide strategy for the well-being in all aspects of health of people, animals and the environment.



    There have been many terms used to describe the One Health concept, including movement, strategy, framework, agenda, approach, among others. However, the inter-relationships of the disciplines engaged in the One Health concept have not been well described. To identify and better elucidate the internal feedback mechanisms of One Health, we employed a system dynamics approach. First, a systematic literature review was conducted via searches in PubMed, Web of Knowledge, and ProQuest with the search terms: ‘One Health’ and (concept* or approach*). In addition, we used the HistCite® tool to add significant articles on One Health to the library. Then, of the 2368 articles identified, 19 were selected for evaluating the inter-relationships of disciplines engaged in One Health. Herein, we report a visually rich, theoretical model regarding interactions of various disciplines and complex problem descriptors engaged in One Health problem solving. This report provides a conceptual framework for future descriptions of the interdisciplinary engagements involved in One Health.



What is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Call?
Friday, September 08, 2017.

 What is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Call?

“Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) is a one-hour monthly conference call and webinar hosted by CDC’s One Health Office.”

Please see attachment for explanation.

One Health: a ray of hope
Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, One Health Commission
Wednesday, September 06, 2017.

One Health: a ray of hope

By Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, One Health Commission,

One Health approach to tackle antimicrobial resistance in South East Asia
British Medical Journal 2017 Editorial
Wednesday, September 06, 2017.

One Health approach to tackle antimicrobial resistance in South East Asia

British Medical Journal 2017 Editorial; 358 doi: (Published 05 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3625


“Multisectoral action is essential to control the problem”…  “The collection also highlights priorities for action, including successful implementation of the One Health approach and a stronger surveillance system.”

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

“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) 5105000

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

Rare Emerging Disease Claims Texas Girl’s Leg: PCR Plus Sequencing Identified Culprit
American Society for Microbiology
Sunday, September 03, 2017.

A rare but notable “One Health” example:

American Society for MicrobiologyRare Emerging Disease Claims Texas Girl’s Leg: PCR Plus Sequencing Identified Culprit

“...says coauthor Brad T. Cookson [MD, PhD] of the University of Washington. “I would add that medical care currently offers patients something very special - our report demonstrates the vitality and utility of collaborative, transdisciplinary approaches for solving challenging medical problems.”

S. J. Salipante, D. R. Hoogestraat, D. J. SenGupta, D. Murphey, K. Panayides, E. Hamilton, I. Castañeda-Sánchez, J. Kennedy, P. W. Monsaas, L. Mendoza, K. Stephens, J. J. Dunn, and B. T. Cookson. 2012. Molecular Diagnosis of Subcutaneous Pythium insidiosum Infection by Use of PCR Screening and DNA Sequencing. J. Clin. Microbiol. 50:1480-1483

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The Pet Partners Story (a One Health in Action example)
Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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The Pet Partners Story

Early authors of the Pet Partners story

Michael and Bill McCulloch

Our story begins in the mid-1970s as the brainchild of a group of pioneers and visionaries:

  • Dr. Leo K. Bustad, a veterinarian
  • Two brothers, Dr. Michael J. McCulloch, a psychiatrist and Dr. William ‘Bill’ McCulloch
  • Veterinarians R.K. Anderson DVM, Stanley L. Diesch DVM, Joe Quigley DVM, and Alton Hopkins DVM

Long before animal-assisted interventions were documented to improve health, these professionals aligned through a shared observation. They saw that pets were having a positive impact on their human clients’ health and happiness. Each had observed this phenomenon in their own practices (and personal lives).

They theorized there was much more depth to what they were witnessing and recognized that anecdotal stories were not enough to capture the attention of the medical community. They concluded that scientific research was needed. A search of existing medical journals quickly revealed that little information was to be found, so they committed themselves to ensuring research would be completed to further explore the effects that animals have on people’s lives. ...

Please read complete story (One Health in Action) at and attached.

“One Health, New Wave”: 33rd World Veterinary Congress Opens in Incheon
Tuesday, August 29, 2017.


One Health, New Wave”: 33rd World Veterinary Congress Opens in Incheon


The Korea Bizwire


Themed “One Health, New Wave,” the congress is expected to bring together about 5,000 experts from 80 countries who will share new technologies ...

World Veterinary Congress opens to discuss health of humans, animals, environment - Yonhap News

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USDA holds workshop to raise awareness of zoonotic diseases in Pakistan
Saturday, August 26, 2017.


USDA holds workshop to raise awareness of zoonotic diseases in Pakistan


Friday Aug 25, 2017 Congo fever tick


ISLAMABAD: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) jointly held a workshop on Zoonotic diseases, which are diseases that can spread to humans from animals, such as Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever, rabies, brucellosis and avian influenza.

The workshop brought decision makers and scientists together to agree on a list of priority zoonotic diseases. In addition to strengthening the federal, provincial and animal/human health cross-sectoral collaboration, the workshop resulted in a plan for future disease control efforts.

Speaking at the concluding ceremony in Islamabad, experts from the CDC said that the Zoonotic diseases are important health concerns, and control requires collaboration between Pakistan’s veterinary and human health sectors. 

The participants of the workshop were trained in the One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritisation process and One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit. 

The final report, approved by all ministries representing core voting members, will be published after around two months after this workshop.

Dr. Stephanie Salyer, a veterinary epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Center for Global Health, Dr. Kate Varela, a veterinary medical officer-ORISE Research Participant within the One Health Office at CDC and Grace Goryoka, a health scientist-ORISE Research Participant within the One Health Office at CDC conducted the workshop.

Scientific Colloquium on Heterologous Prime‑boost Vaccination - September 29, 2017 - Faculty Club University of Leuven, Belgium
One Health Platform Foundation
Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Scientific Colloquium on Heterologous Prime‑boost Vaccination

29 September 2017
Faculty Club University of Leuven, Belgium

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