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    One Health research in action at the University of Guelph

    Predicting Outbreaks

    Using a One Health approach, researchers Drs. Rozita Dara and Shayan Sharif combined weather records, wild bird migration routes, and global poultry distribution maps, with locations of social media reports and Google searches about cases of avian influenza.  The result? Outbreaks predicted three days to two weeks before they actually occurred.

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    Reducing Consumer Risk

    Salmonella can come from many sources and getting a jump on outbreaks calls for a One Health approach. Dr. Lawrence Goodridge’s Syst-OMICS has examined biomarkers in thousands of different Salmonella strains to identify ones linked to human illness, so affected produce can be removed sooner from the supply chain.

    Global Food Innovation Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Delia Grace Randolph, University of Greenwich, winner of U of Guelph’s Arrell Global Food Innovation Award in the category of research innovation! Randolph is a renowned scientist with unique and transformative impacts on the safety of food systems and public health in developing countries.

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    WHAT IS ONE HEALTH?

    Today’s complex health issues – infectious diseases, food safety , antimicrobial resistance – provide increasing evidence that human, plant and animal, and environment health are connected in more ways than we ever imagined. So much so, that global examples abound of disruptions in one species or ecosystem reverberating throughout the rest of the “system,” even half a world away.  And that socio-economic conditions are often pivotal in the extent of disruptions and recovery in the affected communities.

    One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working together on our planet’s most complex animal, human and environmental health problems.

    ONE HEALTH and the UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

    The University of Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research-intensive, comprehensive universities. And the Ontario Veterinary College is among the five best in the world.

    One Health is not new to the U of G. With its roots in veterinary medicine and food production, researchers here have long understood the close relationship between the health of plants, animals, people and the land that supported them.

    Today we are developing transdisciplinary graduates with the unique skills to effectively address complex health issues using a One Health approach. The One Health Institute was established in 2018 to provide focus and support to One Health initiatives in all seven colleges across campus.

    Guelph researchers are using a One Health approach to tackle many of the most pressing health issues of our time including:

    • 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
    • informatics and disease modelling

    For more examples of One Health research, teaching and building a Community of Practice at the University of Guelph, please go to The One Health Institute’s 2021 report.

    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

    News

    Learn about how faculty and students incorporate

    One Health into their research and studies

    Events

    Learn about upcoming One Health events at U of G… and beyond!

    Are you a Student Interested in One Health?

    Check out these resources below

    UofG Student Resources
    Other Student Resources
    • Club Map listing student groups around the world
    • Spreadsheet listing student groups around the world
    • Toolkit on how to start a One Health club and activities to do as a club
      • Includes info on Smithsonian Outbreak exhibit materials and virtual tour
      • Includes info on teaching One Health lessons to children
    • Revamped toolkit with graphics 
    • Information on starting and running a OH conference here and this link

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine / Master of Public Health

    Combined Degree program

    Collaborative Specialization in

    One Health

    Graduate Program

    Learn More About One Health

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    About One Health and One Health Commission
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    Education Opportunities and Resources
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    Communications
    • Join the global One Health Listserv here
    • Join the ISOHA Listserv here.
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