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One Health News & Events

Don't miss out on the details for our upcoming seminar, upcoming One Health conferences and events, and our most recent faculty profiles and YouTube video. That and so much more in this week's newsletter!

One Health Seminar Series - Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, Friday at 1:00

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Salmonella Syst-OMICS: Applying the One Health approach for improved food safety

Salmonella enterica is a bacterial zoonotic pathogen of global importance that causes approximately 80 million cases of foodborne illness each year. Transmission dynamics of Salmonella from livestock to humans, from livestock to the environment and from the environment to humans are complex, and a systematic approach must be applied in order to reduce the burden of human salmonellosis.  A systematic approach to controlling salmonella in humans, animals and the environment has been developed using genomics-based approaches. This Syst-OMICS approach will be discussed with examples of how it is being applied to reduce the burden and duration of foodborne salmonellosis.

Dr. Goodridge is the Leung Family Professor of Food Safety in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph. He is also Director of the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety.

Join us on Friday, March 26th, 1:00 to 2:00 via Zoom using the following link

This is our last seminar of the winter semester, please join us again in the fall. Thank you again to Dr. Cate Dewey, Dr. Emily Denstedt, Dr. Kat Fair, Dr. Daniel Gillis and Dr. Lawrence Goodridge for your contributions to the winter seminar series!

Student Applications are now open for the 2021 Woolner Undergraduate Summer Research Studentships in One Health 

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The Robert W. Woolner Undergraduate Summer Research Studentship is designed to offer an experiential learning opportunity in research to two University of Guelph undergraduate students interested in One Health. The Woolner Studentship is valued at $8,000 for 14 weeks (35 hours per week). Successful student applicants must be a full-time University of Guelph student in good standing who is registered in Phase 1 or 2 of the DVM program, or after 2nd or 3rd year of a related University of Guelph undergraduate program and returning in the fall.

Applications are still being accepted for the following undergraduate summer research project (until April 2nd):​​​

Prof. Amy Newman (Integrative Biology): Effects of environmental modification and early-life stress on wildlife physiology and biodiversity.

Please check the One Health website for details

Dr. Heather Murphy's Research on the Effects of Microbes in Well Water  

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Dr. Heather Murphy, who recently joined OVC’s Department of Pathobiology as a Canada Research Chair in One Health, will explore illness-causing microbes in residential well water in southeastern Pennsylvania, the impacts on families with young children and the effectiveness of home water treatment systems.

Dr. Murphy says that public safeguards don’t apply to privately owned wells, where water quality testing is the responsibility of individual owners, and the prevalence of waterborne diseases can threaten residents’ health.

The research has a local connection in that VIQUA, Trojan Technologies’ domestic water system brand, is manufactured locally in Guelph. They will be producing and donating the UV water treatment systems used in the study! Read more about Dr. Murphy's research at U of G News.

International Conference on One Health, London, UK, May 24-25, 2022  

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The International Conference on One Health aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of One Health. It also provides an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of One Health.

The Abstract Deadline is April 1, 2021!

 M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development + One Health 

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Students interested in combining One Health and rural planning and development should consider the Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development with a Collaborative Specialization in One Health. Applications for the fall semester are due March 31, 2021. For more info, visit the M.Sc. program homepage.

New! One Health Seminar on YouTube : Dr. Kathyrn Fair 

Our newest One Health seminar featuring Dr. Kathyrn Fair is now on YouTube.

Physical Distancing, School/Workplace Closure & COVID-19 Disease Burden: How Many Lives Did We Save?

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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 will be introduced to a mathematical model describing the impact of COVID-19 in Ontario and see how it can be used to examine the effects of closures and distancing in reducing case numbers and deaths resulting from COVID-19.​​​

Dr. Fair is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on gaining insights into the dynamics of complex systems using mathematical models, and exploring questions related to climate change, infectious diseases, and sustainability.

New Faculty Focus Articles!:

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

Dr. Philip Loring

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Traditional Grazing Practice a Win-Win for Community and Cattle

Did you know that the key to ecosystem health in parts of Ireland is the winter grazing of cattle? The cattle provide fertilizer, control shrubs and are then removed so as not to disturb plants during the growing season. Prof. Philip Loring, Arrell Chair in Food, Policy, and Society, and a faculty member in the Department of Geography, is inspired when people work towards a point where their health and well-being is closely coupled with the health of the land around them. 

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

Dr. Andrew Bailey

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Consciousness Defies Every Form of Measurement, says Professor

How do we build a conceptual framework for consciousness, to better understand it? Prof. Andrew Bailey, a One Health Institute affiliate member and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Arts, finds consciousness interesting because while it has an intrinsic nature and value, it cannot be fully described through its relationship to other things.

He believes that by understanding consciousness we also begin to understand mental health, how we interact with each other and our environment and that it might even lead to a new stream of health treatments.

Read about how One Health is related to his research here.

Discover Our Other Faculty Focus Articles 

Prof. Lawrence Goodridge, Food Science - Genetics a Useful Tool for Predicting Salmonella Outbreaks

Prof. Jane Parmley, Population Medicine - Building Resilience to Tackle Big Health Challenges

Prof. Travis Steffens, Sociology and Anthropology - Lasting Lemur Conservation Relies on Multiple Agents

Prof. Amy Newman, Integrative Biology - More Songbirds May Sing Thanks to Agricultural Restoration

Prof. Cate Dewey, Population Medicine - Teamwork Tackles Troubling Complex Health Issue in Rural Kenya

Prof. Deb Stacey, Computer Science - Cloud Computing - and Trust – Needed for Global Disease Research, says Researcher

Prof. Katie Clow, Population Medicine - The Two Sides of the One Health Coin: Research and Pedagogy

Prof. Gus Skorburg, Philosophy - Obesity Debates Ignoring Disease Complexity, Researcher Says

CPHAZ Student Mentorship Events

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The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) hosts Student Mentorship events in the winter semester; the next two being April 6th and April 20th.

These mentorship events are an opportunity for University of Guelph students to interact with a One Health professional in academia, public health, and research sectors. These virtual events use Microsoft Teams and there is limited enrollment, so don't wait to register! For more information about this event and for registration please go to the CPHAZ website.

When? Tuesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 20, 2021 

Who?  April 6 – Dr. Sue Kilborn | DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (SAIM)

April 20 – Dr. Heather Murphy | PhD

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.

 One Health Student Committee

OHSC Survivor!! 

The One Health Student Committee has organized a game of OHSC Survivor to raise funds for the Iqaluit Humane Society and OHSC-funded scholarships.

The OHSC invites all University of Guelph faculty, staff and students to register for a chance to win an LCBO gift card while contributing to the Committee's fund-raising efforts.

Registration is open until Friday, March 26th. Contact Emily Robinson (erobin07@uoguelph.ca) to register. The cost to particpate is $15 (with two immunities available per person for $5 each)

Starting Monday, March 29th, draws will take place each workday to determine who has been eliminated from OHSC Survivor until only three 'survivors' remain, all of whom will win gift cards!

 Past Events

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

The One Health Seminar Series on YouTube

Past One Health seminars are available to watch on our YouTube channel. Recordings will be regularly updated and uploaded here. Enjoy!

Profs. Deb Stacey and Theresa Bernardo (Sept. 23, 2020) - The Global Burden of Animal Diseases: A New Addition to One Health Data Resources. 

Prof. Robert Hanner, Integrative Biology (Oct. 21, 2020) - The Role of DNA Barcoding and Environmental DNA-based Biomonitoring in Support of a One Health Agenda

Dr. Jennifer Provencher, Science and Technology Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada (Nov. 4, 2020) - Plastic Pollution and Wildlife Health

Prof. Graham Taylor, School of Engineering (Nov. 18, 2020) - How Experimental Psychology Can Help Explainable Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Cate Dewey, Population Medicine, OVC (Jan. 29, 2021) - Pigs, Poverty and Epilepsy

Dr. Emily Denstedt, Wildlife Conservation Society, Laos (Feb. 12, 2021) - Wildlife, Wild Places, and Spillover: Insights from the Field

Dr. Kathyrn Fair, School of Environmental Sciences (Feb, 26, 2021) - Physical Distancing, School/Workplace Closure & COVID-19 Disease Burden: How Many Lives did We Save?

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

Remember to check out our News & Events page and our events calendar for up-to-date listing of webinars, conferences, and symposia of special interest to our U of G community.  

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