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:
A grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health for an inter-campus. interdisciplinary training program concentrating on the interface between human, animal and public health, with a special focus on agricultural production systems.
The establishment of an Illinois Center for One Medicine that would focus on research, training and public engagement efforts designed to improve our society's preparedness and response to natural and intentional exposures of biological, chemical and physical agents.
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:
Paula Fedorka-Cray, MS, MAS, PhD, research leader of the USDA-ARS antimicrobial resistance research unit in Athens, Ga., where her research focuses on the ecology of antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Fedorka-Cray is also the director of the animal arm of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, the Collaboration in Animal Health and Food Safety Epidemiology , and the USDA VetNet program.
Laura Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, a general internist and a member of the research staff in the Program on Science and Global Security in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, where she conducts research in biodefense and public health policy. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
Tracey McNamara, DVM, DACVP, who served as senior pathologist at the Bronx Zoo from 1987 to 2003 and held the Schiff Family Distinguished Scientist in Wild Animal Pathology endowed chair. She is widely recognized for identifying a link between viral encephalitis in birds and humans during the summer of 1999 which led to identification for the first time of West Nile virus in North America.
Bennie Osburn, DVM, PhD, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis, whose scientific career has emphasized the health and welfare of food animals, food animal viruses, and food safety.