Master of Science in One Health Team, Laura Pulscher and Thomas Moore had done the field work in rural Mongolia during the summer. They looked for dangerous pathogens in small rodents—Mongolian gerbils, Daurian ground squirrels, Siberian chipmunks, hamsters and field mice. For more information on Duke One Health research in Mongolia click the link and see the news.
As examples of Duke University and North Carolina State University’s collaborations in One Health, a recent student-led NIH D43 sponsored tick-borne disease workshop and an International Symposium on One Health Research are reviewed in this video. The workshop included presentations from five graduate student/postdoctoral scholars from the USA and Mongolia. The Symposium engaged more than 100 professionals from six different countries and more than 15 institutions.
This summer scholars from nine countries (China, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Korea and the United States) joined Duke Global Health Institute students in studying one health. The trainees took one or more of four Duke One Health courses over the-3 week period.
- Introduction to the One Health Approach
- Public Health Laboratory Techniques
- Introduction to Entomology, Zoonotic Diseases and Food Safety
- Introduction to Environmental Health.
More than 20 faculty from Duke University, North Carolina State University, the Environmental Protection Agency, and North Carolina Central University helped in the training. To learn more about this unique program visit the web site: http://sites.globalhealth.duke.edu/dukeonehealth/trainingprogram/
On November 4th, 2015, the second annual Coppoc One Health Lecture invited Professor Gray to deliver a speech about novel influenza viruses, which can cause disease outbreaks in both animals and humans. The lecture, held in Lynn Hall, Purdue University, Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., drew a crowd of about 60.
Speaking on the topic “Modern Livestock Production and Novel Influenza Virus Generation: Are the Benefits Worth the Risk?”, Dr. Gray stressed the importance of taking a “one-health” approach in addressing emerging infectious diseases. Noting that veterinary professionals are not being thought of as players in planning for dealing with pandemic influenza, Dr. Gray said it will take young people reaching across fences between disciplines, to effect change in the way these “wicked” disease problems are addressed. He encouraged veterinary students to not be afraid to propose ideas. “Do whatever you can to move things forward,” he said.
The lecture was followed by a reception in the Continuum Café. The Coppoc One Health Lecture honors Dr. Gordon Coppoc, Purdue professor emeritus of veterinary pharmacology, and his wife, Harriet. A longtime Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty member and former head of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Dr. Coppoc also served as director of the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette and associate dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine before retiring in December 2014.