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One Health Research in action at the University of Guelph
A collaborative research team is exploring the potential impact of climate change on mosquito-borne orthobunyaviruses, which can impact both livestock and human health. OVC Researchers: Drs. Katie Clow and Paula Menzies, PhD student Michele Bergevin, Ontario Veterinary College (P.I. Dr. Sumira Mubareka, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Research Institute, Toronto). Photo: thestar.com
Predicting which pathogen will cause the next pandemic is nearly impossible. An international study is taking an alternative approach by aiming to make vulnerable populations – whether human, wildlife or agricultural – more resilient to health challenges. Dr. Jane Parmley of the Ontario Veterinary College is part of the team including other researchers from Canada, Sweden and Switzerland. Photo: healthyplanetusa.org
Caribou are a core part of Inuit health and wellbeing in the Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut regions of Labrador, Canada. Recent caribou population declines are having widespread implications for these communities. Photo: Researcher David Borish, Public Health and International Development Studies, U of G with Henry Lyall and Eldred Allen filming caribou outside Nain, Nunatsiavut.
WHAT IS ONE HEALTH?
One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working together on our planet’s most complex health problems. A One Health approach increases the likelihood of attaining optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment while incorporating the social, political and cultural contexts of the affected communities.
ONE HEALTH and the UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
As a world-class comprehensive and research-intensive university, we are committed to training researchers and graduates who can apply One Health knowledge and principles to more effectively solve the complex local, national and international health issues we face today. We graduate highly trained, integrated, effective transdisciplinary alumni who are qualified to work in and ultimately lead teams to solve health problems that cannot easily be resolved within our traditional disciplinary silos.
Here are just a few foci of research at Uof G that demonstrate the diversity of One Health initiatives at our university:
- zoonotic diseases
- diseases with pandemic potential (e.g., COVID-19)
- community-based research of water quality
- poverty and food security in subsistence economies
- antimicrobial resistance in Canada and abroad
- climate change and the spread of vector-borne disease
- pollinator health
- effects of pet ownership on human wellbeing
- clinical trials in comparative oncology
One Health and the University of Guelph
“The One Health concept is fundamental to the University of Guelph. It is embedded in everything that we do… “
Charlotte Yates, President & Vice Chancellor
University of Guelph
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