University of Delaware One Health Seminar Series

One Health Venn DiagramThe UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted the inaugural “University of Delaware One Health Seminar Series” throughout the Spring 2019 Semester. One Health is a way of thinking about how human health, animal health, and the health of our environment are all intertwined. Ryan Arsenault and Kali Kniel (Department of Animal and Food Sciences) moderated each of the four events. 

Past events

Doctor with stethoscope on handheld globe with text One Health Symposium

Apr. 30: One Health Symposium

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Tower at STAR, Audion

One Health is a research perspective that considers the health of animals, humans and the environment as a single, integrated whole. Currently the faculty and students at the University of Delaware carry out an array of research that can be considered One Health. This symposium aims to bring the UD community together to share this research and discuss greater collaboration across campus under a campus wide One Health initiative.

Agenda:

  • Keynote speech and film screening
  • Research presentations from University of Delaware faculty and graduate students
  • One Health at UD workshop
  • Poster session and reception

Speaker: Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an M.S. in Animal Science, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease and the development of genome editing approaches for livestock. A passionate advocate of science, Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award.

Film: “Food Evolution” explores all the ways science has been used and abused in public discourse surrounding the genetic engineering of food.

Contacts: Drs. Ryan Arsenault [ rja@udel.edu ] and Kali Kniel [ kniel@udel.edu]

Medical needle with text Seminar on Influenza from a One Health Perspective

Mar. 1: Seminar on Influenza from a One Health Perspective

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Townsend Hall, Commons

Influenza results in millions of health care visits and tens of thousands of deaths every year. Influenza viruses reside in wild waterfowl and can infect domestic poultry. This seminar brought together experts on each to discuss influenza in the wild, in our domestic animals and in humans.

Panelists:

  • Jack Gelb, Professor Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware
  • Chris Williams, Professor Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware
  • Dr. Marci Drees, Infection Prevention Officer and Hospital Epidemiologist, Christiana Care Health System.

Pill bottle spilling with text Antimicrobial Resistance – A One Health Approach to a Growing Problem

Mar. 21: Antimicrobial Resistance – A One Health Approach to a Growing Problem

3:30 to 5 p.m. | STAR Health Sciences Complex, Atrium

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. One Health is a research perspective that considers the health of animals, humans and the environment as a single, integrated whole. The growing concern associated with antimicrobial resistance is that it threatens human and animal health. This seminar will highlight what we know and what we can do to work together using a One Health approach to this critical global health threat.  

Panelists: Michael Bazaco and Sara Bazaco, Adjunct Faculty at University of Maryland specializing in infectious disease epidemiology

A mosquito on a person's arm

Apr. 12: Seminar on Mosquito Control and Vector-Born Diseases in Delaware

3:30 to 5 p.m. | STAR Health Sciences Complex, Atrium

Mosquito borne diseases are a major threat to both animal and human health. The state of Delaware carries out extensive mosquito control efforts to protect the health of animals and human from these diseases. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control also monitors mosquitoes for viruses through a sentinel animal program. This seminar will discuss these topics from a One Health perspective.

Speaker: Thomas Moran, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control