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College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois
3225 Vet. Med. Basic Sciences Bldg.
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
December 27, 2006

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Contact: Chris Beuoy

Veterinary College Sees University Role in Public Health, "One Medicine"

Read a commentary on the issue of "One Medicine" by Dr. John Herrmann, clinical assistant professor, chief of the Food Animal Reproduction, Medicine, and Surgery section, and director of the DVM/MPH program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

On Monday, January 22, at 10 a.m., Dr. John Herrmann and Dr. Laura Kahn, an expert speaker at the colloquium, will be guests on a call-in radio show on WILL-AM 580.

URBANA - Concern regarding the role of animals in antimicrobial resistance in humans and in potential human diseases--ranging from avian influenza to monkey pox to outbreaks of E. coli 0157:H7 and salmonella--has escalated recently, not only in the United States, but also worldwide. These concerns have highlighted the need for science-based data to underpin regulatory and legislative policy decisions and the need for more professionals knowledgeable about animal production systems, ecosystems, and human public health.

As a first step in addressing these needs, the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois will host an intra-university colloquium on "One Medicine: The Interface of Human, Animal & Public Health" on January 9 and 10 in Urbana. With funding from campus administration, the colloquium brings together invited faculty and staff from the Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana campuses of the university as well as governmental officials and expert speakers.

The colloquium will produce a proceedings document to support: The proposed Center for One Medicine is envisioned as a center for excellence in research, training and public engagement for issues associated with animal, ecosystem and human health. It will develop a new cadre of public health professionals, educated in animal and human diseases and the research and policy issues needed to improve both.

(The need for additional trained professionals in both public health and in public sector veterinary medicine has been recognized by the recent introduction of federal legislation seeking to expand both the public health and veterinary medical workforce.)

Additionally, the Center seeks to serve as a research resource for policy makers faced with issues of national security associated with animal and human diseases.

Speakers at the colloquium will be: