Speakers announced for high-level symposium on zoonoses research, policy and practice

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One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing

Jeremy Farrar to open major One Health event
 17-18 March 2016 at the Zoological Society of London

Leading scientists, One Health practitioners and international policymakers have agreed to speak at the One Health in the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing symposium now taking registrations.

Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, will deliver the opening keynote at the event, which is being organised by the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, in partnership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Royal Society.

Further keynotes will be delivered by: Dr David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on Ebola; Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK; Dr Peter Daszak, President, Ecohealth Alliance; Professor Bassirou Bonfoh, of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH); and Dr Delia Grace, of the International Livestock Research Institute.

The One Health in the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing symposium will:

  • Present new interdisciplinary frameworks for a real-world One Health approach to zoonoses.
  • Highlight research evidence from field-based settings in Africa and beyond.
  • Debate implications for policy and practice.

Other speakers will include: Dr Katinka de Balogh (FAO), Professor Sarah Cleaveland (University of Glasgow), Professor Chris Dye (WHO), Dr Jonathan Epstein (EcoHealth Alliance), Professor Neil Ferguson (Imperial College London), Professor David Heymann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Conservation through Public Health), Dr Ann Kelly (University of Exeter), Dr Steve Osofsky (Wildlife Conservation Society), Dr David Pigott (University of Oxford), Professor Jonathan Rushton (Royal Veterinary College), Professor Jo Sharp (University of Glasgow), Dr Jan Slingenbergh (formerly FAO), Professor David Waltner-Toews (University of Guelph) and Professor Jakob Zinsstag (Swiss TPH).

All will be joined by partners in the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, including Professor Andrew Cunningham (ZSL), Professor Kate Jones (University College London and ZSL), Professor Ian Scoones (IDS), Professor Susan Welburn (University of Edinburgh) and Professor James Wood (University of Cambridge).

Find further information and details on poster submission on the ZSL website 

Farmers and cart in Zambia. Photo: Sue Welburn
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