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One Health News & Events

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

The Exploring One Health Series

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The One Health Student Committee has planned a series of events and activities to help you learn about One Health and its applications!

The Exploring One Health (EOH) learning series is designed for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in learning about One Health. 

The EOH Series aspires to:

  • Introduce students to One Health and fundamental One Health concepts
  • Provide students with a chance to learn from One Health professionals
  • Offer students opportunities to apply One Health concepts

When? May 17-30, 2021. Most activities are asynchronous and can be completed at your own pace during this time.

Upon completing all activities, participants will receive an OHSC Exploring One Health Certificate!

For more information, visit the Exploring One Health website. The deadline to register is May 10th. Register here!

U of Guelph Research Team is Helping to Eradicate Malaria while Preserving Local Ecosystems

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Dr. Michelle D’Souza, a researcher in U of G’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG), and her team are using DNA barcoding technology developed here to identify numerous insect species collected from West Africa to help combat malaria.

The resulting DNA barcode reference library, developed in collaboration with with an international initiative called Target Malaria, will ultimately help the global project partners map out food webs connecting those insects and their diverse predators. By understanding what eats what, the Target Malaria team aims to selectively control disease-carrying mosquitoes without upsetting prey-predator relations involving other creatures in Ghana.

“We want to use DNA barcoding to understand the interactions among species in the community. That will give us a picture of the consequences of reducing the population of mosquito species that causes malaria,” said D'Souza.

Read more of this University of Guelph News article here.​​​​

New Faculty Focus Articles:

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

Dr. Paul Woods 

Novel Immune Therapy may Hold Promise for Human and Canine Cancer Patients

Clinical trials are underway for a bone cancer treatment in large breed dogs that has a human equivalent in young children.

Osteosarcoma is a cancer that commonly affects limbs, such as legs, in dogs and youth. Treatment is similar – with surgery, chemotherapy, and occasionally radiation but the cancer often metastasizes and invades critical organs, such as the heart or lungs.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a bacteria vaccine that may stop or delay metastasis and OVC researchers are participating in the clinical trials with companion dogs who naturally develop osteosarcoma.

"Osteosarcoma looks very similar in dogs and people,” says Department of Clinical Studies Dr. Paul Woods, a veterinary medical oncologist. “If we can show improvement in care in one species, then that may translate to help the other species as well.”

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

Dr. Robert Hanner

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Preventing and Exposing Fish Fraud with Advanced Biotechnology

Fish fraud is a growing global concern. Dr. Robert Hanner first illuminated the prevalence of mislabeled fish back in 2007 and yet little has changed; the fishing industry remains poorly regulated in comparison to other traditional food industries such as beef.

There is significant disconnect between suppliers and retailers and fraud occurs just about anywhere along the supply chain. Dr. Hanner’s work with DNA barcoding technology hopes to reduce that disconnect, preventing fish from being mislabeled before they reach consumers.

Seafood mislabeling appears to be economically motivated and while this is cause enough for concern, the issue also has implications for human health.

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

Discover Other Faculty Focus Articles 

Dr. Rozita Dara, Computer Science - Preventing Future Pandemics using Social Media and Search Engines

Dr. Heather Murphy, Pathobiology - Kids' Health Improves with UV-treated Well Water

Dr. Brandon Gilroyed, Environmental Sciences - What is the Right Way to Deal with Livestock Mortaility?

Dr. Theresa Bernardo, Population Medicine - Local Health Informatics Expert Making a Global Impact

Dr. Andrew Bailey, Philosophy - Consciousness Defies Every Form of Measurement, says Professor

Dr. Philip Loring, Geography - Traditional Grazing Practice a Win-Win for Communiity and Cattle

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

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

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

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

We're Now on LinkedIn!

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One Health at the University of Guelph is now on LinkedIn. Come follow us and spread the word within your own networks!

We'll be posting everything related to One Health on campus, including faculty and student profiles, seminars, links to videos, and details on upcoming events.

CPHAZ Symposium 2021 is on May 20th

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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 abstract submission deadline has now passed but feel free to come and spend the day and enjoy the presentations!  The symposium will take place via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, May 20th. We guarantee you’ll learn something new. Registration is free and can be done by completing this survey.  A detailed schedule featuring key speakers and research presentations will be posted on the CPHAZ website shortly.

If you have questions please contact cphaz@uoguelph.ca.

2021 Global 1HN Summer Institute, June 14-16

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The Global One Health Network's Summer Institute will bring together students and professionals locally and internationally to explore One Health (OH) global governance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a topical focus on the global governance of SARS-CoV2.

The 3-day course will offer in depth sessions on One Health principles and provide knowledge and skills on how to operationalize the One Health approach to improve the global governance of infectious diseases. Participants will engage through live, synchronous sessions, small group discussion and asynchronous self-paced components.

The summer institute will also provide an opportunity to network with fellow professionals in the clinical and research fields of infectious diseases.

To register, visit the 2021 Global 1HN Summer Institute website.

  New!  Assistant Professor Position in One Health at the University of Guelph 

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The Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Biological Sciences is hiring for an Assistant Professor in an area consistent with the One Health perspective.

The successful candidate may employ any number of approaches, ranging from theoretical to experimental, and can be either field- or lab-based. They are especially interested in candidates whose focus is on promoting and maintaining a state of health at one or more levels of biological organization (organisms, populations, ecosystems, global environment/climate), within the broad context of the environment and ecosystem health pillar of One Health.

Upcoming One Health-related Conferences  

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International Conference on One Health, 2021 on May 24 to 25 in London, UK, and July 19 to 20 in Paris. This virtual conference aims to bring together scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share experiences and research results on all aspects of One Health.

One Health European Joint Programme annual scientific meeting is June 9 to 11, online and in Copenhagen. Discover the newest research results in One Health, in particular in foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats.​​​​​​

Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association hybrid conference is July 22 to 25, 2021, in Calgary, Alberta. Register for access to 80 hours of continuing education, and a virtual exhibit hall & social programs.

American Veterinary Medical Association hybrid convention is July 29 to August 1, 2021​​​, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Missed one of our events? 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 updated and uploaded here. Enjoy!

Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, Food Science (Mar. 26, 2021) - Salmonella Syst-OMICS: Applying the One Health Approach for Improved Food Safety

Dr. Daniel Gillis, School of Computer Science (Mar. 11, 2021) - One Year, One Health

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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