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CPHAZ Symposium focuses on One Health

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One Health took centre stage at the 2018 Centre for Public Dr. Scott Weese and Claire Jardine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeHealth and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) scientific symposium at the University of Guelph in June.

Dr. Craig Stephen, professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, kicked off the day with his view on One Health and how these methods can be used to impact the present and future.

This annual full-day event brings together individuals with an interest in one or many pillars of public health and zoonotic disease through presentations and posters on new research, emerging diseases, technology developments and more.

Attendees had the opportunity to attend sessions on topics ranging from antimicrobial resistance, One Health, and Northern health to Lyme disease surveillance and food safety.

“Thank you to everyone who took part in this. We had a 34 per cent increase in our attendance from last year, which is just outstanding,” says Dr. Jan Sargeant, Ontario Veterinary College professor and director of CPHAZ. “CPHAZ is happy to bring you this event every year and its growth helps us get a better idea of what our audience is looking for.”

More than 240 people attended the Symposium, which featured 17 presenters, with an additional 22 graduate students taking part in two-minute interactive sessions.

CPHAZ Symposirum student winnersGraduate students took up the challenge of presenting their research in two minutes or less and enticing the audience to visit the almost 50 posters on display. All participants were able to vote for their top three oral presentations. Brendan Dougherty, a PhD student in Population Medicine took first prize; Genevieve Lumsden, an MSc student in Pathobiology was runner up and MSc student Nic Durish from the School of Computer Science was the third-place winner.

Watch the CPHAZ website for information on the 2019 edition of the CPHAZ Symposium, examples of One Health projects at the University of Guelph, as well as CPHAZ’s regular newsletter and annual report

Top photo: Drs. Scott Weese and Claire Jardine from the Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Pathobiology present the current tick research initiatives in Ontario.
Bottom photo: Student winners are CPHAZ Symposium.