Upcoming International Conference to explore One Health, One Medicine

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (April 20, 2016)--The University of Minnesota, will present an international conference on the science behind One Health April 24-27 in Minneapolis. iCOMOS (International Conference on One Medicine One Science) will be a global forum to discuss the ground breaking science that addresses the issues at the interface of animals, humans and the environment.

The One Health initiative recognizes that human, animal and ecosystem health are all linked. In fact, it’s estimated that 75 percent of infectious diseases originate with animals. One Health is designed to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species with increased collaborations between physicians, veterinarians and other scientific health and environmental professionals.

iCOMOS will attract presenters and participants in human health, veterinary medicine, public health, food policy, food production and food safety, infectious diseases, environmental health, and agriculture. Speakers and participants from more than 30 countries will participate.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota and in partnership with allied national and international agencies, the conference is designed to foster increased international collaboration aimed at addressing the threat of emerging and zoonotic diseases, food, air and water-borne pathogens, food systems and challenges in environmental health, and greater engagement between health policy makers and scientists on issues of high importance to animal, human and environmental health.

According to Srirama Rao, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Professor, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and co-chair of the organizing committee, the conference focuses on the importance of science in solving pressing health issues in the interface of animal, human and environmental health with the objective of facilitating international disciplinary collaborations informing public policy to preserve human and animal health.

iCOMOS features a number of notable speakers including:

Ann Bancroft, explorer and the first woman to cross the ice to the North and South Poles
Adam Berger, Ph.D., Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Levant Bat, Ph.D., Sinop University, Turkey
Margaret Driciru, MS, Wildlife Veterinarian, Uganda Wildlife Authority
Mark Feinberg, MD, Ph.D., International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Juhwan Oh, MD, MPH, Ph.D., Center for Global Medicine, Seoul National University
Elaine, Ostrander, Ph.D., Cancer Genetics, National Institutes of Health
Ajay Markanday, MS, Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

To register or to review the conference schedule including complete list of speakers and workshops visit the conference website.

The College of Veterinary Medicine improves the health and well-being of animals and people by providing high-quality veterinary training, conducting leading-edge research, and delivering innovative veterinary services.