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One Health News & Events

Happy New Year! And Happy One Health Awareness Month! We are using this month to highlight all of the incredible One Health research and education initiatives at the University of Guelph, and we would like to hear from YOU! More information on that and other exciting events all included in this week's newsletter.

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Opportunities & Updates: OH Awareness Month | OH Material Survey | Proposal Deadline Extension | Faculty Focus Article | SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in Pets Study | ISOHA Journal Call for Submission | CPHAZ Student Mentorship

Upcoming Webinars & Events: COVID-19 Panel: A Vaccine Recovery | Cornell One Health Symposium | W21 Seminar Series - Dr. Cate Dewey | CPHAZ Symposium

One Health Student Committee: OHSC Townhall Survey | OHSC Bottle Drive

Past Events: The Hammond LectureFall 2020 One Health Seminar Series | Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience Panel Talk

January is One Health Awareness Month

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Launched by the One Health Commission, One Health Awareness Month is designed to raise awareness about the critical power of and urgent need for One Health!

Our goal this month is to showcase the breadth of One Health initiatives at the University of Guelph, bringing the campaign closer to home.

Check out our social media platforms - Twitter and Instagram - for featured stories and events everyday throughout the month.

Read more about the campaign on the One Health Commission's website.

Survey for Gathering OH Materials

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Faculty and Students! We want to hear from you! If you have any pictures, reflections, articles, etc. of you doing One Health research or studying One Health, we would love to feature it on our various communications platform.

Please fill out the short survey (~1 min.) here to provide resources, and to connect on Twitter.

You are always welcome to send us material, but the sooner the better!

Call for Proposals Deadline EXTENDED

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The One Health Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2021 Dr. Robert W. Woolner One Health Summer Research Studentship, which will fund an undergraduate student's summer research on a One Health-related project. 

Faculty members currently pursuing a One Health-related research project are encouraged to submit a short project proposal by January 15, 2021.

The One Health Institute Director along with members of the Advisory Board will select two projects by the end of January. The two faculty members with the chosen projects will each be awarded with a summer studentship. Students will apply directly to the faculty members. 

More information about the Studentships and proposal submission can be found on the One Health Institute Website.

All questions and communications about the Studentships should be sent to onehealth@uoguelph.ca

NEW Faculty Focus Article: Dr. Gus Skorburg

Cartoon photo of doctor holding measuring tape around a patient's large belly.

Obesity debates ignoring disease complexity, researcher says

Losing weight may be a top New Year's resolution, but as University of Guelph Philosophy Prof. Joshua August (Gus) Skorburg points out, lasting solutions must consider more than just the individual and their habits.

Read about the importance of One Health in Prof. Skorburg's research here.

SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in Pets Study

Image of cat and dog

Drs. Scott Weese and Dorothee Bienzle from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph are recruiting Canadian veterinary clinic staff who have had COVID-19 themselves for a study to learn more about the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from people to their own pets (dogs, cats, ferrets). 

Find more information about the study here.

 ISOHA Journal Call for Submissions

Poster with text announcing "Second ISOHA Journal Call Call for Submission! Submission Deadline 8th January, 2020 -Research Articles -Commentaries, -Review Pieces & -Creative Works (e.g., poetry, graphics and art, etc.) Submit Submissions must reflect or involve the One Health approach This opportunity is open to current students worldwide. Submission Link: https://bit.ly/2UOddyX" with ISOHA International Student One Health Alliance logo, image of laptop and papers with text, line graph, bar chart, graphic of cartoon people holding up a bar chart and a pie chart, and arrow graphic.

The International Student One Health Alliance invites submissions for their journal. Submissions can be research articles, commentaries, review pieces, and creative works (e.g. poetry, graphics and art, etc.). All submissions must reflect or involve the One Health Approach.

Current students worldwide are welcome to submit!

Submission deadline EXTENDED: January 25, 2021

Submit here.

CPHAZ Student Mentorship Event

Image of laptop keyboard, latte with heart latte art, and ringed notebook with text "CPHAZ Presents: Cozy up with Coffee One Health Student Mentorship Purpose? Network with One Health Professionals When? Jan - April 2021 Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm Limited seats available!"

The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) is hosting a Student Mentorship event throughout the winter semester months from January to April 2021. This is an opportunity for University of Guelph students to interact with different One Health professionals in academia, public health, and research sectors. The event will be virtual using Microsoft Teams and there is limited enrollment, so don't wait too long to register! For more information about this event and for registration please go to the CPHAZ website.

When? Ongoing, every other Tuesday from January 2021 - April 2021 

Time? 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Where? Virtually using Microsoft Teams

Who can attend? Any undergraduate or graduate students from the University of Guelph

Cost? It’s FREE, but there will be limited enrollment of only 8 students per mentor

If you have any questions about the event please contact Julia Luca, the CPHAZ Program Coordinator, at cphaz@uoguelph.ca

COVID-19 Panel Discussion: A Vaccine Recovery

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Friday, January 15, 2021 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM (EST)

The Infectious Disease Working Group is proud to present "A Vaccine Recovery". This panel discussion will look to focus on COVID-19 vaccination including vaccine contenders, distribution and the immunization process. 

There are several misconceptions surrounding the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine that many physicians, scientists, activists, and others are worried are not being addressed. The discussion will also focus on vaccination from a pharmaceutical, immunology and health equity perspective. The discussion will include explanation on vaccine development for COVID-19 and we wish to address the shorter time span required for COVID-19 vaccine development. Vaccination priority within the Canadian community is going to be touched on as well. 

With our diverse panel perspectives, we want to dispel myths surrounding the vaccination process and provide the public with accurate and useful information that will help inform them on Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination process. 

Registration for the event can be found here.


Dr. Kate Mulligan, Health Equity and Community Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Byram Bridle, Viral Immunology, University of Guelph

Jean-Paul R. Soucy, PhD Student in Epidemiology, University of Toronto

Wilson Li, Pharmacist, APPE Preceptor, University of Toronto

2021 Cornell One Health Symposium

Poster for event that reads "One Health Symposium at Cornell via Zoom. Saturday, January 30, 2021. 8:15 am - 6:15 pm EST." It also includes details of the speakers for each talk and workshop. Includes sponsor information as well as the event's logo of a cartoon globe being pushed by a brown bear and two people.

Saturday, January 30th, 2021 | Zoom

The annual One Health Symposium provides a unique opportunity for professionals, veterinary students, medical students, public health students, and graduate students from a variety of disciplines to come together for a day of talks and workshops related to the One Health philosophy.

Registration will be $5 for students and professionals, and free for VOHA members who have paid 2020 or 2021 dues.

The registration deadline is January 23rd at 11:59 PM EST. Zoom links will be e-mailed to registered participants after the deadline.

To register and find out more information about the speakers, raffle prizes, and the event schedule, please visit the Symposium Website.

Winter 2021 Seminar Series - Pigs, Poverty, and Epilepsy

Poster with image of Cate holding a pig beside a female farmer from Kenya above text announcing "One Health Winter 2021 Seminar Series: Pigs, Poverty, & Epilepsy. January 29th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Link to join coming soon. Dr. Cate Dewey, Director, One Health Institute, OVC Professor, AVPA." Headshot of Dewey beside her title.

Friday, January 29, 2021 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM (EST) | Zoom

The One Health Institute is excited to present our first seminar series of the Winter 2021 semester. Kicking it off with the Director of the Institute, Dr. Cate Dewey!

Dewey will talk about her decade-long research project in rural Kenya where she worked with smallholder pig farmers to improve pig and community health by educating farmers on the epilepsy-causing parasite transmitted from pigs to humans.

Link to join coming soon!

2021 CPHAZ Symposium

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Thursday, May 20th, 2021 | Virtual

Mark your calendars for the 2021 CHPAZ Symposium. 

Abstracts are due March 11, 2021.

More details to come!


OHSC Townhall Survey

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Hello passionate One Health students!

You're invited to complete a survey regarding your experiences, perspectives, suggestions and other valuable feedback you have that can help improve the focus of OHSC initiatives.

By completing this survey by January 17th, you will be helping to create events and initiatives that are tailored to your interests and passions! Upon completing the survey, you will also have the opportunity to be entered to win one of three $10 e-gift cards!

Link to the survey here.

OHSC Bottle Drive

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A huge 'thank you' to everyone that donated and helped with the first OHSC Bottle Drive! Together, we raised a total of $200 - $100 for the rebuilding of the Iqaluit Human Society and $100 for future OHSC events.

To learn more or donate to the Iqaluit Humane Society, please visit their Go Fund Me page. Stay tuned and hoard your empties for another bottle drive this semester!

Missed an event? No problem! Find out more about past events below and on the One Health website & YouTube channel.

2020 Hammond Lecture - Wastes, Water, and Food: The One Health Links to Human and Wildlife Health 

Excerpt of Hammond Lecture Poster with text: The Hammond Lecture Series began in 2000 in honour of Kenneth Hammond, founder of Hammond Manufacturing and former member of U of G's Board of Governors. Hammond was an advocate of environmental and resource issues and environmental education. The One Health Connection Between Human Drugs and Fish Health Dr. Karen Kidd is an ecotoxicologist and holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health. She is a Professor jointly in the Department of Biology and the School of Earth, Environment and Society at McMaster University. Photo of Dr. Kidd sitting on a rock in front of water. Panelists The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative: A One Health Perspective Dr. Paul Sibley | Professor School of Environmental Sciences | Ontario Agricultural College | University of Guelph. Photo of Dr. Sibley standing in front of a mountainous landscape. Wastes, Water, and Infrastructure: What Bugs Are in Our Water? Dr. Heather Murphy | Associate Professor Department of Pathobiology | Ontario Veterinary College | University of Guelph. Headshot of Dr. Murphy. How Wildlife Health Fits Into One Health Dr. Claire Jardine | Regional Director CWHC ON/NU |  Associate Professor Department of Pathobiology | Ontario Veterinary College | University of Guelph. Headshot of Dr. Jardine.

October 7, 2020 | Virtual

The One Health Institute was thrilled to collaborate with the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences to put on the 2020 Hammond Lecture.

The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Karen Kidd who holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Environmental Health and is a Professor jointly in the Department of Biology and the School of Earth, Environment and Society at McMaster University. She was joined by University of Guelph panelists Dr. Paul Sibley (School of Environmental Sciences), Dr. Heather Murphy (Department of Pathobiology), and Dr. Claire Jardine (Department of Pathobiology).

Watch the recording here.

Fall 2020 One Health Seminar Series

The Fall 2020 One Health Seminar Series featured a great lineup of speakers from across disciplines. It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about One Health and to hear about One Health work at the University of Guelph and beyond. Stay tuned for the Winter 2021 One Health Seminar Series!

Headshots of Dr. Deb Stacey and Dr. Theresa Bernardo

September 23, 2020 | Virtual

The Global Burden of Animal Diseases: A New Addition to One Health Data Resources

Presented by: Dr. Deb Stacey (Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science) and Dr. Theresa Bernardo (Professor in the Department of Population Medicine & IDEXX Chair)

Watch the recording here.

Headshot of Dr. Robert Hanner

October 21, 2020 | Virtual

The Role of DNA Barcoding and Environmental DNA-Based Biomonitoring in Support of a One Health Agenda

Presented by: Dr. Robert (Bob) Hanner (Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology)

Watch the recording here.

Headshot of Dr. Jennifer Provencher

November 4, 2020 | Virtual

Plastic Pollution and Wildlife Health

Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Provencher (Research Scientist in the Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Health Division of the Science and Technology Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Watch the recording here.

Headshot of Dr. Graham Taylor

November 18, 2020 | Virtual

How Experimental Psychology Can Help Explainable Artificial Intelligence

Presented by: Dr. Graham Taylor (Associate Professor in the School of Engineering)

Watch the recording here.

Panel Talk: Plants, and Animals, and Humans, Oh My! What is One Health and what does it have to do with your future career?

November 11, 2020 | Virtual

Poster announcing One Health at the Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience. Panel Talk: Plants, and Animals, and Humans, Oh My! What is One Health and what does it have to do with your future career? Find out how a medical doctor, an anthropologist, a veterinarian, and an engineer all found their different career pathways leading to One Health. Learn how they work to solve complex health problems in the various sectors in which they work or have worked. Discover the variety of fields where graduates with One Health knowledge are needed and how One Health skills can set you up for success in your future career. Featured panelists: Dr. Samira Mubareka (with headshot), Dr. Travis Steffen (with headshot), Dr. Deb Stark (with headshot) and Dr. Heather Murphy (with headshot). Moderator: Dr. Jeff Wichtel (with headshot). Complete your free registration for the Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience at code for registration link, Image of person petting a dog on a grassy hill. One Health Institute logo.

One Health recognizes that we can improve life by understanding that the health of animals, humans, and the environment depend on one another. It aims to create solutions that improve health in all three areas and not just one. These types of solutions require people across a variety of sectors and fields to work together.  

Hear from the featured panelists and find out how their different career pathways led them to One Health! To learn more about the panelists, visit our website

Watch the recording here.

Check the University of Guelph's COVID-19 website for regular campus-wide updates. 

Remember to check out the Upcoming Events page on our website for an up-to-date listing of webinars, conferences, and symposia of special interest to our U of G community.  

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