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One Health News & Events

Don't miss our brand new report on One Health on the University of Guelph campus, our most recent student profiles, details on upcoming One Health conferences and events, and our YouTube seminar series. That and much more in this week's newsletter!

NEW! University of Guelph One Health Report 2021

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The University of Guelph's One Health Institute is pleased to present a report on the third anniversary of the One Health Agenda, a bold campus-wide initiative to harness and enhance our university's capacity in One Health.

Together we are building a comprehensive One Health research platform, and equipping graduates with much-needed competencies to participate in and lead interdisciplinary One Health teams. These teams work towards solutions for our most complex problems at the intersection of human, animal, plant and environmental health—to Improve Life. ​​​​​​

The full report is available to view or download on our website.

Free Student Registrations for ISTAS21

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The  Ontario Veterinary College via the One Health Institute is sponsoring 20 University of Guelph students to attend the upcoming virtual 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21) which will include a moderated panel discussion on One Health informatics. 

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

If you are a University of Guelph student and you are interested in attending ISTAS21, please email onehealth@uoguelph.ca. The complementary registrations will be available on a first come, first served basis up to a maximum of 20 students.​​​​​​

New! Student Spotlight

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

Nikola May 

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Punching Antimicrobial Resistance in the Gut

Pathobiology and One Health master’s student Nikola May is working to better understand how bacteria exchange genes to produce new, potentially harmful strains. May’s research focuses on small DNA molecules known as plasmids, which are independent of chromosomes, and can be transferred between Salmonella strains to create bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

In the lab, May is studying how bacteria in human stool samples differs before and after passing through a simulated human gut environment. May's research will contribute to the body of work on antimicrobial resistance.

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

One Health Lessons Internship for Youstina Makhlouf 

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When Youstina Makhlouf spotted an internship opportunity on Instagram with the organization One Health Lessons (OHL), she couldn't resist applying. Now, as Social Media Intern, she creates content that landed her the internship in the first place!

Makhlouf, from Mississauga and an undergraduate student in the Animal Biology program at the University of Guelph, manages and creates content for OHL's YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. She has also completed the Lesson Leader program, where volunteers are trained to teach lessons to students of all ages about the connection between our health, and the health of plants, animals, and the environment.

To date, Makhlouf has taught lessons in California, Argentina, and right here in Canada. She says that it has "been very fulfilling to see how students of all ages are learning something new, and are hopefully better prepared to be the leaders of the future," something she says wouldn't be possible without the dedicated and passionate volunteers and interns at One Health Lessons. 

One Health Lessons was developed by veterinarian Dr. Deborah Thomson for children and adults so that they could gain a better understanding of the inextricable connection between our health and the health of animals, plants, and the environment.

Makhlouf is excited to be coming back to the University of Guelph this fall to start her DVM degree!

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Upcoming One Health-related Conferences  

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​​​​​​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.

WHO Global Conference on Health and Climate Change is November 6-7, 2021 in Glasgow, UK. The aim of the conference is to call on governments, businesses, institutions and financial actors to drive a green, healthy and resilient recovery from COVID-19.

7th World One Health Congress is November 7-11, 2021 in Singapore. The theme of this hybrid event is 'Integrating Science, Policy and Clinical Practice: a One Health Imperative Post COVID-19'.

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!

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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