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Global Health Focus

11 December 2017

One Health Symposium 2017
One Health Symposium 2017

The One Health movement, which is global, recognises that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. The Greek physician Hippocrates was the first to promote the idea that public health depended on a clean environment.

The symposium will address priority infectious disease issues such as foodborne and waterborne illnesses and antibiotic resistance. The key speaker is Prof Richard Webby from St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in America. Prof Webby’s research interests focus on understanding the factors governing interspecies transmission of influenza viruses and developing counter measures.

A large contingent of scientists from ESR’s Health and Environmental Science groups will attend the symposium and three will present to their peers.

One Health, complex systems and community engagement

Jeff Foote

One Health approach to fresh water management

Elaine Moriarty

The global antimicrobial resistance crisis: where does New Zealand stand?

Helen Heffernan

“The symposium is an excellent opportunity for ESR to showcase some of the extensive research we engage in,” commented Libby Harrison, GM of Environmental Science.

 Sponsored and co-organised by ESR the symposium will be held Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 December 2017, in the Nordmeyer Theatre at the University of Otago, Wellington.

GM of Health, Graeme Benny noted “the concept of One Health is becoming increasingly important with the increasing risks of new pandemics.”