Environmental health

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  • Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

Dr. Will Hueston is a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health. His primary focus is leadership development for early and mid-career professionals who work with complex issues involving animal health, human health, environmental health, and/or food safety. Dr. Hueston leads intensive skill-building courses around the world on leadership, policy-making, risk communication and professional skills. Dr. Hueston’s research interests include leadership training, strengthening food supply systems globally, epidemiology of zoonoses, risk analysis, animal health monitoring, and animal and public health policy formulation.  

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  • Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Jeff Mandel, MD, MPH, is an associate professor in the School of Public Health's Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Mandel is an occupational physician and epidemiologist. He is an expert regarding the health issues of various environmental and workplace exposures. Dr. Mandel has served as an advisory committee member for the screening of vermiculite/asbestos-exposed people in Northeast Minneapolis. He has also served as a task force member for the screening of former Conwed workers with asbestos exposure. Both of these positions were held in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Mandel’s research interests are occupational cancer risk from low-dose exposures, exposure to persistent materials and severity of chronic diseases and exposure-disease relationships. 

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  • Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Senior Technical Officer, USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats 2: One Health Workforce Project
  • Head, Ecosystem Health Division
  • Resident fellow, Institute on the Environment

Katey Pelican, PhD, DVM, is an associate professor and head of the Ecosystem Health Division in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The Ecosystem Health Initiative focuses on improving health at the intersection of animals, humans and the environment (also known as One Health). In 2009, Pelican became University Partner Co-Lead for the USAID funded RESPOND project to build global capacity for diseases emerging out of animal populations using One Health approaches. This project is focused on working with 28 university schools of public health, veterinary medicine, nursing and medicine to create innovative training programs that improve health and control infectious diseases in emerging disease hotspots. She is now continuing that work as Senior Technical Officer on the One Health Workforce project, part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program 2. In addition to her work with USAID, she has research projects focused on understanding health and disease at the human-livestock-wildlife interface in Africa, Panama, Chile, and Minnesota. As Lead for the Stone Mountain Meeting One Health Capacity Building Working Group, Dr. Pelican has additionally worked with USDA, the World Bank, CDC, and FAO to implement a new One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART) that was piloted in Minnesota in 2013 and is now being launched as a part of the Global Health Security Agenda implementation plan for the US Department of Agriculture in the US and Indonesia.   

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  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Univerity of Minnesota Duluth

Kendall Wallace, PhD, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, having served as president of both certifying bodies. His research focuses on mechanisms through which foreign chemicals, including drugs and industrial and environmental pollutants, interfere with mitochondrial metabolism to bring about various metabolic diseases. Agents being investigated include anticancer and anti-AIDs drugs along with perfluorinated chemicals. Dr. Wallace is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Toxicology. Dr. Wallace has participated on numerous scientific advisory panels including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute; he has also provided expert consultation for a number of pharmaceutical and food production companies. Dr. Wallace is the founding Director of the University of Minnesota Ph.D. graduate program in Toxicology.