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One Health Humans and Animals We are All in this Together An EU Science Cafe

3/20/2013 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One Health: Humans and Animals, We are All in this Together - An EU Science Cafe

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

6:00 PM

Alliance Française d'Atlanta - Colony Square

1197 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA (map)

Please go to the Plaza Level, Suite 561.

The European Union Science Café series is a production of the French and British Consulates General in Atlanta with the assistance of the Atlanta Science Tavern. It is graciously hosted by the Alliance Française d'Atlanta.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Parking is available in the Colony Square Parking deck, accessible from 14th and 15th Streets. Complimentary 4-hour parking is available with your validated parking ticket after 5pm. The Arts Center MARTA Station is located nearby.

One Health: Humans and Non-human Animals, We are All in this Together - An EU Science Cafe

Malcolm Bennett

Professor of Veterinary Pathology

School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool

The ‘One Health’ approach has been described as ‘a concept that became an approach that became a movement’ – it aims to bring together different disciplines to work together to improve human and animal health and wellbeing, and in the context of more sustainable use of the environment. Pinning down quite what it means beyond that, however, is difficult, and how to fund truly interdisciplinary research through current competitive funding structures remains an issue.

In this talk we will explore some aspects of interdisciplinary and one health approaches to understanding infectious diseases, through a bit of veterinary and human medicine, some ecology and evolutionary biology, all mixed up with a touch of social and political science. It will be a rather personal view of the subject, and argument is welcome.

About our speaker

Malcolm Bennett is Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Liverpool (UoL); he is an ex-Dean of the Veterinary Faculty and a founding Co-Director of the National Centre for Zoonosis Research, a network of universities and government agencies. He teaches veterinary, medical and biology students various aspects of infectious diseases and their control, is a past director of UoL’s veterinary programme and currently organizes a MSc in Veterinary Science that takes a very ‘one health’ approach without mentioning it.

Malcolm's particular interests are in the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, infections that might be zoonotic or otherwise jump species, emerging infectious diseases, and infectious diseases of wild animals - the ultimate source of many new infections of human beings and domestic animals. He is also involved in the University’s Food Security programme (much of his recent research has concerned food-borne zoonoses) and he leads the Rural-Urban interface theme within UoL’s new Institute for Public Policy and Practice.

Images courtesy of the National Consortium for Zoonosis Research.

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