The University of Arizona Health Sciences, in close collaboration with the Zuckerman College of Public Health, hosted a One Health Symposium on May 3, 2022, to bring together researchers from across the University of Arizona who work on One Health research and raise awareness about the opportunities for collaboration.
The One Health approach understands that human health is deeply interconnected with environmental health and animal health. The health of all living things is woven together as one. One Health research uses an interdisciplinary and often community-based approach to solve complex health problems that emerge from environmental contamination, animal-to-human disease transmission, the impacts of climate change, and many other pressing issues.
Many federal funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have come to prioritize One Health research as a vital field to meet emerging health challenges for humans and the environment. The Symposium brought together researchers from colleges and schools from the across the University of Arizona, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy (COP), the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SEHSC), and the Zuckerman College of Public Health (COPH), to make the connections we will need to lead in One Health research.
Dr. Michael Dake, SVP for Health Sciences, delivered the closing remarks and affirmed the university’s commitment to advance and lead in One Health research. Dr. Dake also expressed his thanks and gratitude for the work of Dr. Dan Derksen, AVP for Health Equity, Outreach & Interprofessional Services, and Dr. Frank von Hippel, Professor in the College of Public Health, who collaborated to organize the symposium and together have spearheaded One Health research collaboration in the Health Sciences and across campus.
At the Symposium several researchers, many of them from the College of Public Health, gave presentations on their research related to One Health topics.
Frank von Hippel, PhD, Professor, COPH
One Health Approaches to Pollution Problems in Indigenous Communities
Marc Verhougstraete, PhD, Assistant Professor, COPH
Presentation: One Water in One Health
Paul Brierly, Executive Director, Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture
Presentation: Wastewater Surveillance Informs Public Health Actions to Prevent Disease Transmission in Yuma, Arizona
Kerry Cooper, PhD, Assistant Professor of Food Safety and Epidemiology, CALS
Presentation: Survivability and Evolution of Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens in Different Agricultural Environments
Melissa Furlong, PhD, Assistant Professor, COPH
Presentation: Big Data Approaches to Evaluate Pesticide Toxicities in Humans
Jennifer Wishnie, DVM, Msc, MPH, DACVPM, Associate Professor, CVM
Kate Worthing, BVSc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice, CVM
Presentation: Educating the Next Generation of One Health Veterinary Practitioners
Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, Associate Dean, COPH
Presentation: Binational One Health Vignette
Kristen Pogreba-Brown, PhD, Associate Professor, COPH
Presentation: A One Health Evaluation of the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Pima Animal Care Center
Amanda Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, COPH
Presentation: Interacting with Microbes in Our Environment: Applying a Risk-Risk Tradeoff Framework
Ann Skulas-Ray, PhD, Assistant Professor, CALS
Presentation: Resolution of Inflammation as a Paradigm for Human Wellness
Panel Discussion: How do we build partnerships in One Health across the University?
Following the individual presentations, a panel discussion with research leaders from across the university shared their perspectives the UArizona’s strong foundation in One Health research, and the opportunities for collaboration and funding in the future.
One Health Symposium Panelists:
Parker B. Antin, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research, CALS
Nathan J. Cherrington, PhD, ATS
Associate Dean for Research, SEHSC
Melanie Hingle, PhD MPH, RDN
Associate Professor, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness, CALS
Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Community, Environment and Policy, COPH
Kate Worthing, BVSc, PhD
Assistant Professor of Practice, CVM