The Organising Committee of One Health and EcoHealth 2016 are pleased to announce the following Chairpersons:
Dr Bernadette Abela-Ridder
Dr Bernadette Abela-Ridder works in the Department for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the team leader on neglected zoonotic diseases and responsible for veterinary public health aspects of NTDs. She dedicates her full energy and experience to improve health of people, animals and the environment, with an emphasis on improving livelihoods of people in under-served communities while engaging different sectors and disciplines to attain results. Bernadette previously worked in the Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses of WHO leading an integrated capacity building network, the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) and was the WHO focal point for the FAO, OIE, WHO Global Early Warning System for transboundary animal diseases, including zoonoses (GLEWS). She also managed the study to estimate the global burden of leptospirosis in humans. She is closely involved in advancing common areas of work of the FAO, OIE and WHO with regard to zoonotic, food safety and other risks emerging at the human-animal-ecosystem interface. Bernadette is a veterinary epidemiologist by training and previously worked for the US Food and Drug Administration on antimicrobial resistance, for l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in Cameroon on emergence of simian immunodeficiency viruses from non-human primates including bushmeat, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. on veterinary public health, and in clinical veterinary practice.
Dr Kate Auty
Kate has worked all over Australia in legal and environmental settings. She holds legal and environmental post graduate qualifications.
Kate regards herself as fortunate to have worked extensively with Aboriginal people in metropolitan, regional and remote areas.
Dr Auty has held a number of environment portfolios. She was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability (2009-2014) and the Chair of the Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and a member of the Premier’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change in that state.
Dr Teresa Bernardo
Dr. Theresa Bernardo has a decade of experience in the United Nations and Inter-American systems in health informatics (humans/food/animals/plants), and another decade in academia. She is currently the IDEXX Chair in Emerging Technologies and Bond Centered Animal Healthcare at the University of Guelph, Canada. As leader of Knowledge Management and Communications for WHO’s office in Washington DC she introduced the use of social media for disasters (Pandemic H1N1 (swine flu); Haitian earthquake and cholera). Previously, she developed tri-lingual software for global reporting and mapping of animal diseases and zoonoses that was used in over 100 countries and adopted internationally.
Dr Aurelie Binot
Dr Aurelie Binot conducts research at CIRAD since 2002 and is hosted as adjunct professor at Kasetsart University (Thailand), Faculty of veterinary Medicine, since 2011. She is the coordinator of the EuropeAid ComAcross project (http://www.onehealthsea.org/comacross), addressing risks management at the animal/human/environment interface in South-east Asia.
As a researcher in social sciences (Anthropology and Geography) and Agronomy, she is involved in several multidisciplinary research projects for a better understanding of health risks perceptions across sectors (agriculture, health and environment) and for the implementation of participatory approaches within a “One Health/ECOHEALTH” framework merging social, epidemiological and environmental dynamics.
Dr Sinead Boylan
Dr Boylan has studied the dietary habits of several populations and works as a Research Fellow at the Prevention Research Collaboration, The University of Sydney. Her main interest lies in the relationship between the food environment (both built and natural) and health. The overarching goal of her work is equity, particularly equitable access to food. To get there, she understands the need for systems thinking and consideration of the environmental, social and economic forces at play. Her work is solutions-focused and involves collaboration with other social scientists, planners, politicians, consumers and agriculturalists to name but a few.
Dr Heather Fowler
Dr. Heather Fowler is a public health veterinarian from Trenton, NJ, USA. She is also a fourth-year PhD student in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene and the Associate Director of Animal Health for the Center for One Health Research (COHR) at the University Of Washington School Of Public Health in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences in Seattle, Washington. As a veterinary researcher she is interested in identifying innovative ways to improve worker safety and health among those who work with animals using a One Health lens.
Dr Ruth Garside
Dr Ruth Garside is a Senior Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis based at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, UK. She is a social science researcher specialising in systematic review and is interested in methods of synthesis using a broad range of evidence – quantitative and, particularly, qualitative – to investigate complex issues. Her role at the Centre is to develop these methods to investigate linkages between the environment and human health and wellbeing. Recent projects include exploring the impact of school gardens, gardens in care homes for people with dementia and participation in environmental conservation activities. She leads the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence’s ESHWeB group (Ecosystem Services, Health and WellBeing) and is a member of Cochrane qualitative methods group.
A/Prof Maya Gislason
Simon Fraser Unviersity
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Prof Pierre Horwitz
Pierre is Professor of Environmental Sciences at Edith Cowan University, Australia, where he co-convenes a research group on ecosystems, health and sustainability. He has been the Wetlands and Human Health Theme Coordinator for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’ Scientific and Technical Review Panel for the 2019-2015 triennia, a founding Board member of the International Association for Ecology and Health and founding Co-Editor of EcoHealth. He has published several books and more than 120 peer reviewed chapters or journal articles, including lead-authored work jointly published by the Ramsar Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organisation.
Prof Richard Kock
Royal Veterinary College
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Dr Jerry Martin
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Prof Jonna Mazet
Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Director of the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet is active in international One Health research programs, most notably in relation to disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers of disease emergence. Currently, she is the Global Director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, named PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013 in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats.
Dr Joanna McKenzie
Dr Joanna McKenzie is Academic Director of Massey University’s One Health in Asia Program, responsible for developing and delivering interdisciplinary One Health education, research and zoonotic disease control policy programs involving doctors and veterinarians from the human health, animal health and wildlife sectors. Joanna is a Senior Lecturer in One Health Epidemiology and International Development in the Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand, with major interests in collaborative One Health research that informs policy for controlling endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases, and in the ecology and epidemiology of diseases involving wildlife reservoirs.
Dr Charles Milne
Chief Veterinary Officer – Victoria, Australia
Following completion of his studies at the Royal Veterinary College Charles has undertaken a number of roles in Scotland and has extensive practical experience in disease management. Most notably he managed the 2001 pre-emptive cull response to the Foot and Mouth outbreak in South West Scotland. Following a short term as Divisional Veterinary Manager in Ayr he was appointed as Chief Veterinary Officer Scotland in 2003. In 2009 Charles was appointed as head of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland responsible for food safety policy and operation as well as policy on diet and nutrition. Charles was appointed CVO Victoria on 1 July 2014 and is currently responsible for animal disease and welfare in Victoria.
Prof David Murdoch
Professor David Murdoch is Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago, Christchurch in New Zealand. A clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician by background, his main research interests are the epidemiology, diagnosis and prevention of respiratory tract infections, pneumococcal disease, legionellosis, bloodstream infections, and the role of vitamin D in infectious diseases. He is Co-Director of One Health Aotearoa, an alliance of New Zealand’s leading infectious diseases researchers that aims to improve health and well-being through integrated, cross-sectoral and “whole of society” approaches to health hazards.
Dr Mike Nunn
Dr Mike Nunn is the Research Program Manager (Animal Health) at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). He is a veterinarian with postgraduate qualifications in tropical veterinary science, pathology, epidemiology and management. He has worked in mixed practice, field, laboratory diagnostic, research and training roles in Australia and overseas, including 13 years in Papua New Guinea. Mike has undertaken a range of consultancies for international organisations, including OIE, FAO and WHO. He has particular interests in epidemiology, risk analysis, emerging diseases, zoonoses, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, and strategic foresight.
Dr Joseph O'Keefe
Joseph is the Project Director for the new National Biocontainment Laboratory under construction in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. A veterinarian by training, he completed his PhD in equine virology at Massey University in 1993. He has worked in a range of roles in research and diagnostics, and from 2005 as the Laboratory Manager for MPIs Animal Health Laboratory at Wallaceville. He is a member of the International Veterinary Biosafety Workgroup, is New Zealand’s OIE Focal Point for Laboratories, and a member of the review committee for AS/NZS 2243.3 Safety in Laboratories. For the last four years he has been leading the development of the new PC2 and enhanced PC3 biocontainment facilities at Wallaceville, an $87M capital investment for veterinary and medical diagnostics and research.
A/Prof Margot Parkes
Margot Parkes is a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society, at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Her work seeks to integrate social and ecological determinants of health, with a particular focus on the cumulative health, environment and community impacts of land and water governance, and on watersheds and catchments as settings for intersectoral action to improve health. Margot’s publications and international collaborations focus on research, education and capacity to link health, ecological and social concerns; with an emphasis on ecohealth, and ecosystem approaches to health. She is immediate Past President of the International Association for Ecology & Health.
Prof Dirk Pfeiffer
Dirk Pfeiffer graduated as a veterinarian in Germany in 1984, followed by a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology from Massey University, New Zealand in 1994, where he also worked as an academic until 1999. Since then, he has held the Chair in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, UK. In June 2015, Dirk took on the additional role of Chief Epidemiologist at the Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK. In November 2016, Dirk joined Hong Kong City University’s new School of Veterinary Medicine as Professor for One Health, while still keeping a 20% appointment at RVC.
Dr Peter Rabinowitz
Peter Rabinowitz MD MPH is Associate Professor in the University of Washington Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Global Health, and Family Medicine, and is adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Washington Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease. A graduate of the UW School of Medicine, he is board certified in Family Medicine and has completed fellowships in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He directs the UW Center for One Health Research, which explores “One Health” linkages between human, animal, and environmental health including: zoonotic infectious diseases , animals as “sentinels” of environmental health hazards, and clinical collaboration between human health care providers and veterinarians in a species-spanning approach. A goal of COHR is to serve as an incubator and organizer of research, training, and clinical activities related to the human-animal-ecosystem interface.
A/Prof Simon Reid
Simon Reid is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. He is a keen advocate of One Health approaches to tackle the wicked problems posed by zoonotic diseases. His research focuses on the development of one health strategies to control leptospirosis and other zoonoses in Fiji, Q fever in QLD and to improve infection control in veterinary practice. He is the convenor of the One Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia and he runs a successful postgraduate short course in One Health at UQ.
Dr Joshua Rosenthal
Joshua Rosenthal is a Senior Scientist at the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is an ecologist with a longstanding interest in the integration of public health, environment, and international development. Dr. Rosenthal leads NIH research and policy activities in Household Air Pollution research, including the Clean Cooking Implementation Science Network, and a multi-national trial to define the health benefits achievable through a clean cooking intervention in low and middle income countries (HAPIN). He founded and co-leads the NIH Climate and Health working group, is a project scientist on the NIH-CDC-IDRC supported GEOHealth program (Global Environmental and Occupational Health) and is the NIH Management lead for the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. Dr. Rosenthal completed his Ph.D. and post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. He came to the NIH as a AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellowship to work on natural products drug discovery and biodiversity conservation and subsequently directed the health and environment grants portfolio of FIC for over 15 years, including the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Zoonotic Influenza, International Training in Environmental and Occupational Health, and Climate and Health programs. In 2011, Dr. Rosenthal was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and has since served as the Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center and Director of the Division of International Training and Research. Dr. Rosenthal has authored a wide variety of technical, policy and popular publications, including research reports, research topic reviews, global health program analyses, editorials, magazine articles and one edited book on Biodiversity and Human Health, and is an Executive Editor for the journal EcoHealth.
Prof Helen Ross
Professor Helen Ross is an interdisciplinary social scientist (environmental psychologist and anthropologist) specialising in social aspects of sustainable development and environmental management. She manages social sciences in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, the University of Queensland. She focuses particularly on systems approaches to people-environment relationships, sustainability and resilience, and collaboration processes for natural resource management. She chairs Healthy Waterways Social Sciences Experts Panel, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Climate Change Experts Panel. She is Co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, and on the editorial boards of One Health, Architectural Science Reviews, International Perspectives on Psychology, and International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice.
Prof Mark Rweyemamu
Mark Rweyemamu is a veterinarian and specialist in infectious diseases. He has worked and published on the major infectious diseases of animals, such as rinderpest and foot and mouth disease, that constrain food security. He has worked in home country, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil, Italy and UK. His current research interests focus on the application of One Health approaches to studying infectious diseases in the endemic settings of Africa.
He was, from 1992 to 2001, Head of the FAO Infectious Diseases Group and inaugural Head of the FAO Special Programme, EMPRES, Rome, whose prime thrust was the coordination of global rinderpest eradication. Previously, he had set up the FAO/AU Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre and had been Virologist and Chief Veterinary Research Officer for Tanzania, Head of the Virus Diseases at the then East African Veterinary Research Organisation, Muguga, Kenya, Head of Wellcome FMD Vaccine Research Pirbright, UK and Pfizer International, Director of Veterinary Vaccine Research respectively based in Brazil.
He has worked in government, industry and academia. He has consulted widely for national governments and international organisations. He was a member of the EFSA Working Group on assessing the risk of Foot and Mouth Disease introduction into the EU from developing countries, and The Foresight study on Infectious Diseases – Preparing for the Future. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Pirbright Institute, UK; a Board Member GALVmed, a public-private partnership that focuses on supporting the development of biologicals and therapeutics for orphan diseases in developing countries and a Member of the Executive Board of CORDS for 2012/3, a one health focused global network that connects organizations for regional disease surveillance. Mark is a member of the One Health Platform International Supervisory Board.
Dr Amadou Sall
Amadou A Sall is a virologist and has a PhD in Public health. He received his scientific education at Universities Paul Sabatier at Toulouse, Paris Orsay and Pierre et Marie Curie in France. He has also visited several laboratories for his training including Institut Pasteur in Paris (France), Institute of Virology and environmental medicine in Oxford (United Kingdom), Center for tropical disease at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (USA) or Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University at New York. From 2002-2004, Dr Sall has worked in Cambodia as the head of viral hepatitis B at Institut Pasteur Cambodia. In 2010-2011, he works as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Center for Infection and immunity at the Mailman School of Public health at Columbia University of New york on pathogen discovery.
He is currently the head of the Arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever unit, director of the WHO collaborating center and scientific Director of Institut Pasteur de Dakar which belongs to the Institut Pasteur International Network. His research focused primarily on diagnostics, ecology and evolution of arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever. Dr Sall is the lead scientist of the Institut Pasteur Dakar’s team which deploys a mobile laboratory for the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea in 2014-2015. He has published more than 100 papers and book chapters and gave more than 150 scientific communications in international meetings.
Dr Sall is consultant and member of several expert committees for WHO (GOARN, TDR, SAGE…), OIE and vice chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network steering committee. Dr Sall is the director and founder of the international course on “arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever diagnosis, prevention, control and outbreak management” organized by Institut Pasteur Dakar in partnership AMP, Ministry of health of Senegal and University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar. He has taught at the University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, University of Columbia at New York and Institut Pasteur in Paris, Institute Pasteur Montevideo, University of Sao Paulo and Hong Kong university. Dr Sall has been recipient of the Senegal Presidential Award for Science in 2011, the UNESCO Research in life science and is a member of the Senegal National Academy of Science and Technology.
Dr Mark Schipp
Mark Schipp was appointed Australian Chief Veterinary Officer in 2011. In 2012 he was elected to the OIE Council and in 2015 was elected Vice President of the OIE General Assembly. He is chair of Wildlife Health Australia management committee and chair of Animal Health Committee. Previously Dr Schipp has held positions responsible for animal derived food product inspection, market access and export certification. Dr Schipp served two terms overseas as Agriculture Counsellor in Seoul, South Korea and in Beijing, China. Mark is a biology and veterinary graduate of Murdoch University. After graduation he worked with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture.
Prof David Schlosberg
David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is the author, most recently, of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory(Oxford 2016). His most recent article, on ‘Trends and Directions in Environmental Justice’ has been published by The Annual Review of Environment and Resources. David’s current work includes justice and adaptation planning, environmentalism and everyday life, and theoretical implications of the Anthropocene.
A/Prof Helen Scott-Orr
Associate Professor Helen Scott-Orr is the Inspector-General of Biosecurity for the Australian Government, reviewing how its biosecurity systems are implemented to safeguard the country from exotic pests and diseases of humans, agriculture and the environment.
She has served as Chief Veterinary Officer and Director, Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication, with NSW Agriculture; led veterinary capacity-building projects in Indonesia on zoonotic disease control, especially rabies, anthrax, brucellosis and leptospirosis; and worked on leptospirosis, paratuberculosis and bovine TB transmission in the UK. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on the boards of Animal Health Australia and of the Cooperative Research Centres for Invasive Animals, Weeds, Beef, Sheep, Cotton and Rice.
A/Prof Linda Selvey
Linda Selvey is an Associate Professor within the School of Public Health at Curtin University. She is a public health physician and infectious diseases epidemiologist. She also teaches a unit about the public health response to climate change, which includes climate change impacts as well as important preparedness and response activities including disaster response and disease surveillance. She has been involved in advocacy for action on climate change for many years including in the role of CEO Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
Francesca Viliani is a public health specialist focusing on the role of the private sector in global health issues and wider international development. Francesca is recognized internationally for her expertise in the Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) of large scale extractive projects and the national plans they are associated with. She has gained extensive experience in environmental contamination concerns, health system strengthening, resettlement of indigenous communities and infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response.
She has been an adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) on public health and extractive industries and the co-chair of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) health section. Francesca is also the technical director of the Infectious Diseases Risk Assessment and Management – IDRAM – initiative at Chatham House and is the head of public health consulting services and community health programmes for International SOS
Chadia Wannous is a public health professional with more than twenty years of work experience in program management, research, and coordination, with particular focus on emergency preparedness and response.
Chadia is a currently working as a Senior Advisor at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) mobilizing the health partnerships for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and also serves at the UNISDR Science and Technology Secretariat.
Prior to her current position, Chadia served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the UN Secretary General Special Envoy on Ebola and the UN System Influenza Coordination.
Chadia worked since 2005 on emergency preparedness particularly on pandemics preparedness and response, strategic planning and strengthening of partnerships and alliances to optimize the UN System links to global initiatives and efforts.
In 2008-2011 Chadia worked as a as a Senior Advisor for the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt, and as a Regional Coordinator for the UN System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) in the Middle East and North Africa region. During 2005-2007 Chadia worked as a Technical Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Jamaica, the Regional Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response sub-unit in Thailand, and in the Maldives country office.
Dr Deborah Williamson
Dr Deborah Williamson is a Clinical Microbiologist and researcher, and is Deputy Director of the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL). She is involved in the delivery of specialist public health laboratory services, and in the diagnosis and surveillance of communicable diseases. Her research interests include the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, and the translation of genomic technologies to questions of public health importance.
Prof Jakob Zinsstag
Jakob Zinsstag holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Bern. After a post-doctoral fellowship on trypanosomiasis, he led the livestock helminthosis project at the International Trypanotolerance Centre in The Gambia and was Director of Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d’Ivoire. He holds a PhD in Tropical Animal Production from Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine. He currently leads a research group at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute focused on health of nomadic people and zoonosis control in developing countries using a “one health” approach. He is a Professor of Epidemiology at University of Basel.
Dr Kurt Zuelke
Dr. Zuelke brings extensive research, management and policy experience gained throughout his career working in veterinary sciences, biotechnologies and livestock and wildlife diseases to his role as Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).
Previously Dr. Zuelke was the Director of the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Disease Center (NADC) from 2006 to 2012. Located in Ames Iowa, the NADC is the largest US federal animal health research facility focused on high impact endemic diseases of livestock and wildlife species.
While at NADC, Dr. Zuelke led NADC’s strategic business reorganisation and relocation into new $470M state-of-the-art facilities that support large-scale BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-3Ag level research in livestock and wildlife species. Dr. Zuelke co-founded the USDA National Centers for Animal Health (NCAH), and served on the NCAH Board of Directors in conjunction with Directors of the USDA APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL), and USDA APHIS Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB).
From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Zuelke was with the Victoria Department of Primary Industries in Melbourne, Australia where he led industry and government-sponsored research performing functional genomics and biotechnology research in dairy cattle and native Australia wildlife species. Partnering with industry and university researchers, Dr. Zuelke’s team produced the first transgenic cloned calf in Australia.
From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Zuelke served as the USDA’s representative in President Bush’s Office of Science and Technology Policy where he coordinated federal, agricultural, biotechnology and life science research and policy issues, and led the US delegation to the OECD Working Party on Biotechnology.
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