Development of a curriculum for training in One Health analytical epidemiology at the University of Zambia

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Here is an interesting example of work in the One Health area:

unversity of zambia

“The One Health Analytical Epidemiology course was developed under the auspices of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance by staff from the University of Zambia with collaborators from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College in London. The course is aimed at equipping scientists with multidisciplinary skill sets to match the contemporary challenges of human, animal and zoonotic disease prevention and control.”

Source: Muma, J.B., Simuunza, M., Mwachalimba, K., Munyeme, M., Namangala, B., Hankanga, C. et al., 2012, ‘Development of a curriculum for training in O ne Health analytical epidemiology at the University of Zambia’, Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 79(2), Art. #475, 4 pages. http://dx.doi.org/

One Health Initiative Website News

Safety and health conference

One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.”

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The autonomous pro bono One Health Initiative website has been operational since October 1, 2008. Since then the website has received over 266,650 visits from 136 countries (currently averages over 120 countries monthly).

Numerous inquiries and comments have been received from several nations via physicians, veterinarians, allied health professionals, medical and veterinary medical scientists, students and others.

As of December 31, 2011 there are 620 listed One Health individual supporters worldwide.  Our current e-mail distribution list comprises approximately 910 individuals from 55 countries. The One Health Initiative website is currently linked or has been linked with 80 known websites.

See the attached PDF (below) for more details.

Public Lectures

Public lecture doctors

This seminar has been cancelled. Hopefully it will be given later this spring. 20 March 2012  Björn Olsen: The coming plague. In Future Animal Health and Welfare’s seminar series Future Perspectivesssor and senior physician in infectious diseases at Uppsala University and University Hospital.

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His main research interest is zoonotic infections in general and bird borne infections in particular. During the last fifteen years he has explored the circulation of influenza

A virus between wild birds, domestic birds and humans. Further, he studies the presence of anthropogenic and antibiotic resistant bacteria in nature and how these bacteria and genes circulate from human activities to wildlife and environmental matrices.

In 1998 Björn started the Centre for Zoonotic Ecology and Epidemiology at the Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He is also the chief editor of the recently launched open access journal “Infection Ecology and Epidemiology” that focuses on publishing papers with a “One World One Health” perspective.

More information is (or will be) available on the SLU website

Forskarmöte om Antibiotika – bot eller hot?

Forskarmöte pandemi

Forskarmöte pandemi bakterier antibiotikaVarmt välkomna till Gustavianum denna eftermiddag den 29:e september ägnad åt samverkan inom infektionsforskning.   (Anmälningar togs emot av carina.bohlin [at] sva.se till och med den 20 september.)  Kom gärna i god tid då intresset för mötet är mycket stort!

Uppsala satsar på One Health, som syftar till förbättrad folk- och djurhälsa. Konceptet baseras på det faktum att djur – både vilda och tama – och människor i stor utsträckning utsätts för samma sjukdomsframkallande virus och bakterier, inklusive antibiotikaresistenta sådana, och att dessa därför måste hanteras i ett brett perspektiv.

Ett exempel på det är Infection Ecology & Epidemiology Network ett universitetsgemensamt projekt som startade 2010.

För att möta de utmaningar det innebär att på ett effektivt sätt bekämpa dessa smittor krävs ett nära samarbete mellan olika discipliner. I Uppsala finns expertis både inom human- och veterinärmedicin, ekologi och mikrobiologi.

Combat BacteriaDessutom finns inom Uppsala universitet en lång tradition av läkemedelsutveckling i nära samarbete med industrin. I ett nytt samarbete kommer dessa olika discipliner tillsammans med berörda nätverk såsom ReAct och hälsoekonomer ta ett helhetsgrepp kring One Health.

Detta i syfte att genom forskning finna vägar att på ett samhällsekonomiskt optimerat sätt förebygga, bekämpa och bota infektionssjukdomar under parollen Fighting Infections for Society and Health (FISH).

Seminariet är utan kostnad men anmälan är obligatorisk.  För inresande IEE-are från orter utanför Uppsala/Stockholm finns möjlighet till resebidrag.

Programmet (se bilaga) uppdaterades 2011-09-26.

Combating Antimicrobial Resistance – Time for Joint Action

Combat Bacteria

A conference will be organized 14-15 March 2012 by the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2012:

Combat Bacteria“The conference will aim to address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance by, among other things exchanging best practices and discussing possible solutions to the problem of antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals with focus on improving the data collection and surveillance, stopping the overuse of antibiotics, and reducing the use of the critically important antibiotics.”

Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance

Antirecistant bacteria

Antirecistant bacteriaImportant weapons in the arsenal of modern medicine, antibiotics remain the greatest and most effective combatant known for fighting infectious diseases.

However, recent factors spurring an increase in resistant bacteria strains pose a serious threat to the efficacy of antibiotic drugs—an alarming prospect for healthcare specialists around the globe.

Antarctic expedition

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In November 2012, a group of Swedish researchers embarked on an expedition to Antarctica.  The participating scientists were: Björn Olsen Uppsala university, Dan Andersson Uppsala University, Lotta Berg SLU and Jonas Bonnedahl Kalmar/Lnu.

Update: Lotta Berg was interviewed on the Swedish radio show ‘Naturmorgon’ on the first of December. The interview (in Swedish) is currently available on the talk show website (scroll down to “Stormsvalor och Död mans hand trivs i det kalla decembermörkret”)

We have received a letter from Björn Olsen which goes like this in translation (original text in Swedish below):

Hi

As some of you already know, I have recently been on a three week trip to Antarctica. No, it was not a pleasure trip, it was “hard core” research. By popular demand, here are two links. One is to our travelouge where you can see how we justify that two infectious disease specialists travel to Antarctica to conduct research, how the Holy Mother of all Storms stirred our souls and how to deal with a concussion in Antarctica. The second showing killer whales (orcas) water bombing a seal for training purposes. It gives a new meaning to the term ‘experimental animals’.

Enjoy!

Greetings
Björn

anthartic expedition

Original letter in Swedish:

Hej

Som några av er vet har jag nyligen varit på en treveckors resa till Antarktis. Nej, det var ingen nöjesresa, det var ”hard core” forskning. På allmän begäran kommer två länkar. Den ena till vår reseberättelse, där ni bland annat kan se hur vi motiverar att två infektionsläkare bedriver forskning i Antarktis, hur alla stormas heliga moder förändrat oss i själen och vad man gör med en commotioobs i Antarktis. Den andra länken är till youtube som visar hur späckhuggare eller orcas vattenbombar en säl i träningssyfte. Det ger en ny innebörd till ordet försöksdjur.

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