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One Health News & Events

Don't miss our most recent student profile, an update on a Woolner Summer Research Studentship recipient, details on upcoming One Health conferences and events, and our YouTube seminar series. That and much more in this week's newsletter!

New! Student Spotlight

In our Student Spotlight section, we will be featuring University of Guelph students engaged in One Health-related research.

Cyril Akwo 

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One Health a Useful Framework for Collaborative Disease Surveillance

Climate change is giving ticks better conditions to expand their range and spread harmful pathogens, like Lyme disease, to human and animal hosts.

Cyril Akwo, currently pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology with a Collaborative Specialization in One Health, wants health professionals and researchers from a range of disciplines to consider the numerous factors that affect the spread and surveillance of ticks and tick-borne disease. To that end, he is using the One Health approach to develop a collaborative framework that will bring more than just public health experts into the conversation.

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

One Health Student Committee Coffee House

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The One Health Student Committee is looking for student speakers for their 2021 OHSC Coffee House Event.

Are you a student looking to present your research project to a larger audience? Do you have a passion for One Health?

Following the success of last year’s event, the One Health Student Committee is excited to announce that they will be hosting another coffee house on August 10th (6:00 to 7:45pm) and 12th (noon to 1:45pm)! The OHSC Coffee House grants students the opportunity to present their research and have a discussion with the audience about their projects and One Health.

Presentations will be no more than 20 minutes in length with an additional 20 minutes for discussion and questions. You can watch some of last year's presentation on the One Health Institute's YouTube channel.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the following survey by July 18th. Both undergraduates and graduates are welcome.

Robert W. Woolner Undergraduate Summer Research Studentship Update

The Robert W. Woolner Undergraduate Summer Research Studentship is designed to offer an experiential learning opportunity in research to University of Guelph undergraduate students interested in One Health. The Studentship provides an opportunity for these undergraduate students to engage in a semi-independent research project or participate in a larger, ongoing research project during the summer.

Stephanie Gerend is one of two Woolner recipients this summer and is working with Dr. Katie Clow. Dr. Clow is an Assistant Professor in One Health in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College.

Stephanie updated us on how her summer research has been going!

Stephanie Gerend 

A photograph of graduate student Cyril Akwo sitting at a desk in front of his laptop computer.

Zoonotic pathogen transmission is rapidly increasing and in order to enhance preparedness for potential future pandemics, a solid understanding of the many environmental and social determinants that may drive this process is essential.

A main goal of this project is to conduct a scoping literature review on the determinants that facilitate zoonotic pathogen spillover, with a special focus on spillback. Then, using this information, develop a comprehensive framework that could guide future measurements to better determine the associated risks and also test for spillover and spillback events (spillover involves transmission from animal hosts to humans while spillback involves transmission back from humans to animal hosts).

I have been taking a deep dive into the most recent literature, specifically looking at findings from SARS-CoV-2 and SARS transmission. As well, I have been creating and identifying appropriate databases, search strings, and the most relevant information. More recently, I have started developing and implementing level 1 and level 2 screening questions and have begun the process of reviewing appropriate articles for the next stage of analysis.

The summer so far, working on this project has been an incredible experience. I have learned from some amazing individuals in the field, discovered how a project is initiated, and felt the highs and lows of doing research. I am excited to continue further along with the project and be able to present the findings.

One Health Informatics at ISTAS21

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Three University of Guelph faculty and a PhD student will be presenting a session on One Health informatics at the upcoming 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21) ​​​​​.

A moderated panel discussion on the topics of 'One Health Informatics and the Stewardship of Complex Systems' will feature Drs. Theresa Bernardo (Population Medicine and Co-lead Global Burden of Animal Diseases Informatics Theme), Deborah Stacey (Computer Science and Co-lead Global Burden of Animal Diseases Informatics Theme) and Graham Taylor (Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning), as well as Kassy Richmond (Computer Science PhD Student).

ISTAS21 is cohosted by the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo and will take place October 28-31.

One Health Affiliated Faculty List

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Are you a University of Guelph faculty member who conducts research that is One Health-related?

Please check out our One Health affiliated faculty list for a list of campus faculty who have self-identified as One Health researchers.

We are currently updating this list and if you would like to be added, please send a photo along with your research interests to onehealth@uoguelph.ca.

If you like to be removed from this list, or if there are faculty on this list who are no longer at the University of Guelph, we would like to know that too. Thank you!

Upcoming One Health-related Conferences  

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​​​​​​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.

One Welfare World first annual conference is September 15-16, 2021. This virtual conference will highlight the One Welfare Framework, and how One Welfare is relevant in the context of the COVID Pandemic. 

Global Conference on Climate Change is September 16 to 18, in person in London, UK. This conference will address the multidimensional aspects of the climate change problem and present solutions.

Discover Our Faculty Focus Articles 

We have been focusing on the broad range of One Health research taking place at the University of Guelph by profiling faculty in departments across campus. Check out our most recent Faculty Focus articles below.

Dr. Jeff Wichtel, Dean, OVC - Moving One Health from the Field to the Classroom 

Dr. Paul Woods, Clinical Studies - Novel Immune Therapy May Hold Promise for Human and Canine Cancer Patients 

Dr. Robert Hanner, Integrative Biology - Preventing and Exposing Fish Fraud with Advanced Biotechnology

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

Plus more on our Faculty Focus page!

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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