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One Health research in action at the University of Guelph
The rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the so-called superbugs pose significant threats to human and animal health. U of G is a leading Canadian contributor to the federal antimicrobial strategy, which is grounded in a One Health approach. Dr. Scott Weese, is coordinating a campus-wide mobilization of social, economic as well as biological expertise that can be applied to AMR.
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.
No Cost To Nature
Improving ecosystems doesn’t have to be at the expense of the human communities that live there. Dr. Phil Loring has worked with communities around the world to understand how they’ve achieved win-win scenarios for themselves and their environment, from winter grazing of cattle in Ireland, to Canadian First Nations restoring ancient clam gardening in B.C.
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
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