By Emily Robie, MSc
In collaboration with Mongolian researchers at the Ministry of Health, National Center of Public Health, National Center for Zoonotic Disease, Veterinary Laboratory of Virology, and Institute of Veterinary Medicine, the Duke One Health team helped to coordinate the 6th International Symposium on One Health Research in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 18-19th. This event served as an important opportunity to showcase research and foster cross-sectoral partnerships among public health, animal, and environmental experts.
With 15 local presenters, 18 foreign presenters, and posters covering a breadth of subjects, the topics ranging from African Swine Fever vaccine development to imported measles risk assessment, tick-borne diseases to bioaerosol pathogen surveillance. The Keynote addresses centered on Advances in Next Generation Anthrax Vaccines (Dr. Arthur M. Friedlander of US Army Medical Research Institute, USA) and GIS and Spatial Tools for GIS Mapping (Dr. Paul Lantos of Duke University). The two days of academic rigor were followed by laboratory tours and excursions showcasing the beauty of the Mongolian countryside.