One Health News & Events
Don't miss out on the details for our upcoming seminars and for upcoming One Health conferences and events, including updated abstract submission guidelines for this year's CPHAZ symposium. That and so much more in this week's newsletter!
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Opportunities & Updates: Available MSc. Position | Faculty Focus Articles | GBADs Programme Launch | CPHAZ Student Mentorship | SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in Pets Study | OH Material Survey
Upcoming Webinars & Events: W21 Seminar Series - Dr. Kat Fair | OH Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference | W21 Seminar Series Schedule | CPHAZ Symposium
One Health Student Committee: Be #IntheKnOH Instagram Contest
Past Events: The Hammond Lecture | OH Seminar Series | Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience Panel Talk
One Health Population Medicine MSc. Position Available
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.
NEW Faculty Focus Article: Dr. Jane Parmley
We have been busy releasing Faculty Focus articles with stories about professors all across our campus. Check them out!
Building resilience to tackle big health challenges
Epidemiologists can’t stop disasters like the next pandemic or antimicrobial resistance. Instead, we need to focus on the societal aspects of these issues. Ontario Veterinary College Prof. Jane Parmley is working to discover how to make our vulnerable populations – whether human, wildlife, or agricultural – more resilient, and how to make healthy decision-making easier.
Learn how One Health helps achieve that goal here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Burden of Animal Diseases Project Launch
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
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
Who? Mar 9 – Devon Metcalf | MSc, PhD, CIC
Mar 23 – Dr. Danielle Julien | DVM, MPH, PhD
April 6 – Dr. Sue Kilborn | DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (SAIM)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in Pets Study
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.
Survey for Gathering OH Materials
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!
Winter 2021 Seminar Series - Physical Distancing, School/Workplace Clsoure and COVID-19 Disease Burden in 2020: How Many Lives Did We Save?
Friday, February 26th, 2021 | 1:30PM - 2:30PM (EST) | Zoom
We are so fortunate to welcome Dr. Kat Fair as this week's speaker for the Winter 2021 OHI Seminar Series. Dr. Fair is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, as well as an alumna of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
To combat transmission of SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces and schools have undergone closures and Ontarians have been asked to engage in physical distancing. In this seminar you’ll be introduced to a mathematical model describing the impact of COVID-19 in Ontario and see how it is used to examine the effects of closures and distancing in reducing case numbers and deaths resulting from COVID-19.
Join on Zoom using this link!
One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference 2021
March 10 - 12, 2021 | Virtual
The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) is excited to announce the One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference presented by the ABVMA with funding support from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The 2021 event follows the 2016 ABVMA One Health Antimicrobial Workshop and strives to continue the momentum following the success of the Western Canadian One Health AMS Conference held in Regina, SK, in January 2019.
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!
2021 CPHAZ Symposium
Thursday, May 20th, 2021 | Virtual
The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) Symposium is a one-day, virtual event that brings together all pillars and forms of public health and zoonotic disease work and research.
The symposium will take place virtually on Thursday, May 20th, 2021.
Abstract submission and registration is available on CPHAZ website and is due March 11th, 2021.
We are encouraging everyone working in public health and zoonotic disease related areas to submit abstracts, either for a 15-minute oral presentation, or 2-minute poster presentation.
Don’t have a topic ready to present, but interested in the areas listed? Come and spend the day with us! We guarantee you’ll learn something new. Registration is free and can be done from the CPHAZ website as well.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
This semester OHSC will be featuring an issue or research article that can be viewed through a One Health lens, and highlight the significance of the problem to humans, animals and the environment. There will also be the opportunity to provide your comments or answer Instagram polls for a chance to win a $10 e-gift card to a location of your choice! Head on over to @OneHealthUofG on Instagram to participate!
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
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
We are thrilled to be continuing our seminar series this semester as a continuation of last semester's series where we heard from One Health researchers at the University of Guelph and beyond. We don't want you to miss out on any of the incredible talks, so recordings will be regularly updated and uploaded here. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 2021 | Virtual
Wildlife, Wild Places, and Spillover: Insights from the Field
Presented by: Dr. Emily Denstedt, DVM, MPH (Veterinary Technical Advisor, Lao PDR, Wildlife Conservation Society)
Recording coming very soon!
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
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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