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One Health in Action: UC Davis Solving Emerging Health Issues at the Human-Animal-Environment Interface

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, UC Davis
Nov 29, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Professor Jonna Mazet will illustrate strategies to identify and solve health problems that involve linkages among people, animals, and the environment they share, especially highlighting the role of wildlife as early sentinels for pathogens and toxins. She will describe a global strategy to predict, respond to, and prevent the emergence of novel infectious diseases, responsive to the fact that pathogens shared with animals account for the majority of emerging infectious diseases in people and that more than three-quarters are of wildlife-origin. Her suggested approach employs integrated risk assessment and modelling, new strategies of molecular diagnostics, and field studies to detect novel pathogens early, giving health professionals the best opportunity to prevent emergence, identify spillover to people, and control epidemics at their source.

J_MazetJonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Director of the One Health Institute and Wildlife Health Center in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she focuses on global health issues and disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people. Dr. Mazet founded California’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), the premier model wildlife emergency management system worldwide and remains a consulting expert on animal emergency preparedness and response, serving on multiple government and NGO advisory panels.  Currently, Dr. Mazet is the Principal Investigator and Director of a new global early warning system, named PREDICT, that is being developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. PREDICT is a multi-institutional, transdisciplinary project that is establishing global surveillance for zoonotic diseases. She leads a network of global NGOs and governmental agencies to build capacity within the participating countries to develop surveillance systems and complete the necessary research to halt the next pandemic, like influenza, SARS, Ebola, and HIV that have preceded the program. In less than three years, PREDICT has implemented surveillance in 20 developing countries, trained over 1000 professionals in field and laboratory techniques and biosafety, and discovered over 150 novel viruses. In addition, Jonna is active in intensive One Health research programs, such as tuberculosis in Africa and pathogen pollution of California’s coastal waters.

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