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U of G receives nearly $77 Million to launch

'Food from Thought'

The government is investing $76.6 million in U of G’s Food from Thought research project, which will use high-tech information systems to help produce enough food for a growing human population while sustaining the Earth’s ecosystems.

"New technology and agricultural practices must enhance biodiversity, produce safe, nutritious food, and improve animal welfare and human health" said Malcolm Cambell, vice-president (research) as he helped announce the largest single federal research investment in U of G history on September 8th, 2016. Food From Thought will create novel tools for producing more and safer food while also protecting the environment.

Food From Thought will be one of U of G’s largest and most inclusive research projects, spanning all seven colleges. It will be led by 10 principal investigators from across campus, one of which is CPHAZ director Jan Sargeant.

Funding for this initiative comes from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The full news release with more details on the announcement event and the project itself can be found here and a promotional video from the University of Guelph can be watched here.



At the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ), we define 'one health' as an integration of multiple disciplines that focus on attaining optimal health for people, animals and the ecosystem. We are looking to learn more about the research happening at the University of Guelph that occurs at the intersect of animal, human and ecosystem health. We know this is a strength at Guelph, and are asking for your help by letting us know about your research in this field. If you are a faculty member, and are involved in related work, please consider filling in this quick survey by clicking the button above


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The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has a tradition of excellence in research and education in public health at the human-animal-environmental interface. Researchers at OVC enjoy close collaborations in public health research and teaching with other faculty at the University of Guelph, as well as colleagues from other universities and animal health and public health organizations.

The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) was established in 2006, to coordinate existing public health research and promote new collaborative research activities designed to enhance our capacity to solve problems and implement solutions in public health at the human-animal-environmental interface and to expand the pool of educated personnel able to address the public health needs of the population.



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