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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?
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. (Link available soon)
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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