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One Health News & Events

A new One Health Institute Program Manager, new Faculty Focus articles, seminar presentations and recordings, AND an MSc. position incorporating One Health available - this newsletter is packed with opportunities to learn and engage more with One Health!

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Opportunities & UpdatesNew OHI Program Manager | Faculty Focus Articles | Available MSc. Position | OH Material Survey | GBADs Programme Launch | CPHAZ Student MentorshipSARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in Pets Study 

Upcoming Webinars & Events: W21 Seminar Series - Dr. Emily Denstedt | National Academies OH Workshop | W21 Seminar Series Schedule | CPHAZ Symposium

One Health Student Committee: Townhall Survey Results

Past Events: The Hammond LectureOne Health Seminar Series | Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience Panel Talk

Welcome Peter Kelly - One Health Institute Program Manager!

A selfie of Pete overlooking a beautiful landscape of rolling hills.

The One Health Institute is pleased to welcome Peter Kelly to the team as our interim Program Manager.

Peter brings years of management experience and a true passion for nature, photography, and travelling. In fact, he has taken photographs on all seven continents!

He is excited to be working in One Health and we are excited to have him! Don't hesitate to reach out to him with any inquiries, or to introduce yourself - his email is pkelly06@uoguelph.ca

You can read more about Peter and our whole One Health Institute staff team on our website.

NEW Faculty Focus Articles: Drs. Amy Newman & Travis Steffens

We have been busy releasing Faculty Focus articles with stories about professors all across our campus. Check them out!

A brown and white lemur with bright orange eyes stares into the camera while holding tightly onto a tree branch.

Lasting lemur conservation relies on multiple agents

Most people’s only exposure to lemurs is through the movie Madagascar, which doesn’t give an accurate representation of the endangerment they are facing and the way that their environments and interactions with humans contribute to this problem. Prof. Travis Steffens from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is passionate about understanding these relationships.

Read about why One Health is necessary in his research here.

A photo of a small brown songbird in a field with its mouth wide open, as if it is singing a song.

More songbirds may sing thanks to agricultural restoration

Songbird populations have been on the decline for the past fifty years, but a new integrated approach to the problem may help reverse this trend. Prof. Amy Newman from the Department of Integrative Biology has partnered with ALUS, an agricultural land restoration organization, to help improve songbird health and biodiversity.

Read more about this project here.

A thought bubble on a blue background has a tick, a microscope, a blackboard with One Health written on it, and a picture of a stack of papers sitting inside.

The two sides of the One Health coin: Research and pedagogy

The pandemic has demanded that many responsibilities be juggled at the same time, something that Ontario Veterinary College Prof. Katie Clow knows well as a leading tick research and One Health professor at Guelph.

Read about all she does for One Health at U of G here.

A photo of cows in a field. A technological, digital looking filter is placed over top.

Cloud computing - and trust - needed for global disease research, says researcher

With the Global Burden of Animal Diseases project's official launch last week, we are so excited to highlight one of their key players - Guelph School of Computer Science Prof. Deborah Stacey!

Read the full story here.

A wooden apparatus sits in the background. A pig is suspended from it, getting weighed. Prof. Dewey stands nearby observing the pig and is surrounded by men from the community.

Teamwork tackles troubling, complex health issue in rural Kenya

Pigs, poverty, and epilepsy. Likely not a combination that is clear to most but one that​ the Director of the One Health Institute and Ontario Veterinary College Prof. Cate Dewey spent over ten years studying in rural Kenya.

Read about how One Health was integral to Dewey's swine health research project here and watch her seminar presentation on the project.

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. 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.

One Health Population Medicine MSc. Position Available

A photo of two red hardcover books with the words "Master Thesis" written on them sit below the words "One Health" and a 3-way Venn diagram with an icon of a human head, a chicken, and a small plant inside.

Piloting a framework to guide collaborative management of complex One Health issues at the wildlife, domestic animal and/or human interface.

A 2-year MSc opportunity, commencing in May 2020, is available in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. This position will be co-supervised by Drs. Jane Parmley and Cathy Bauman.  

The focus of this MSc will be to apply and evaluate a new tool kit outlining best practices and steps for putting a One Health approach into practice.

Review of applications will begin March 1st, 2021. Further details available on the Department'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!

Global Burden of Animal Diseases Project Launch

An image of a goat farmer with his herd in the field. The title "Global Burden of Animal Diseases" sits in the top left corner.

On Tuesday 19th January 2021 The University of Liverpool and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) hosted the official launch of the GBADs Programme. The webinar celebrates the achievements of the GBADs collaborators to date and showcases the planned work of Programme as rollout phase begins. Watch the full launch webinar here.

Two U of G faculty play key roles in this Programme, Dr. Deborah Stacey from the School of Computer Science and Dr. Theresa Bernardo from the Department of Population Medicine. We had the pleasure of hearing from them in the Fall 2020 Seminar Series.

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.

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.


Winter 2021 Seminar Series - Wildlife, Wild Places, & Spillover: Insights from the Field

Poster with image of elephant in nature above text announcing "Wildlife, Wild Places, and Spillover: Insights from the Field. February 12th,  9:30 - 10:30 am. Join on Zoom using this link. Dr. Emily Denstedt, DVM, MPH, Veterinary Technical Advisor (Lao PDR), Wildlife Conservation Society." Headshot of Denstedt beside her title.

Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 9:30AM - 10:30AM (EST) | Zoom

We are so fortunate to welcome Dr. Emily Denstedt as our second speaker of the Winter 2021 OHI Seminar Series. Dr. Denstedt currently works with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Laos.

The decline of wild species and degradation of ecosystems, coupled with the encroachment of humankind into the planet’s remaining wild places, is opening the door for disease and other health challenges. Dr. Denstedt's seminar will give you an inside look into how conservation-based health experts are working to identify where and how these health risks are emerging, while taking action towards the conservation of biodiversity and intact landscapes.

Join on Zoom using this link!

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine One Health Workshop

February 23 - 25, 2021 | Virtual

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine presents their FREE workshop titled, "Systematizing the One Health Approach in Preparedness and Response Efforts for Infectious Disease Outbreaks".

It will examine ways to systematize and integrate the One Health approach as part of outbreak prevention, detection, preparedness, and response efforts.

Full details can be found on their website.

Winter 2021 Seminar Series Schedule

We have an excellent line up of One Health researchers for our seminar series this semester. You won't want to miss it! Check out the poster below for more details!

A "Save the Date" poster outlining this semester's seminar presentations. On Jan. 29 Cate Dewey gave her presentation titled, "Pigs, poverty, & epilepsy". Emily Denstedt, Veterinary Technical Advisor (Lao PDR) with the Wildlife Conservation Society will give her presentation Feb. 12 from 9:30-10:30am, titled "Wildlife, wild places, & spillover: Insights from the field." On Feb. 26th from 1:30-2:30pm, Kat Fair from the School of Environmental Sciences will give her talk titled,  "Physical distancing, school/workplace closure, & COVID-19 disease burden in 2020: how many lives did we save?". Daniel Gillis from the School of Computer Science will present on March 11th from 2-3pm and Lawrence Goodridge from the Department of Food Science will present on March 26th, time TBA.

2021 CPHAZ Symposium

Poster with photos of crops, a dog, and a person in lab coat beside the text announcing "Mark your calendars CPHAZ Annual Symposium, Thursday, May 20, 2021. Abstract deadline March 11th, 2021. More details to come..."

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

Summarized results of OHSC Townhall Survey with various graphs and statistics. In general, people wanted to hear presentations from and network with researchers from other universities. They would like to see more faculty-led seminars and research or mentorship opportunities offered to students.

OHSC wants to say thank you to those who filled out the townhall survey! We heard your voices and we will do our best to plan events that meet the needs of our U of G One Health student community. Looking forward to seeing some of you at our future One Health events and opportunities!

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.

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.

Photo of Dr. Cate Dewey holding a small pig.

January 29, 2021 | Virtual

Pigs, Poverty, and Epilepsy

Presented by: Dr. Cate Dewey (Interim Director of the One Health Institute, Professor in the Department of Population Medicine - OVC, and Associate Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Guelph)

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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