One Health

Posted on: February 12, 2013

Today is an important day for those interested in exploring a new paradigm for health research.  Specifically, MSU is hosting the symposium, "One Health and Emerging Communication Technologies." The One Health initiative is a collaborative effort to discover solutions to obtain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. The unique twist for this project is the transdisciplinary emphasis -- in order to fully successfully address research surrounding health, we must examine multiple perspectives simultaneously. This holistic approach brings together social science researchers, specifically those who study health and risk communication, agricultural economics and technology-mediated communication, with bench scientists in human, animal and environmental health. 

We have almost 30 participants gathering for a day of brainstorming and collaboration surrounding One Health and communication. The participants are experts from multiple colleges within MSU as well as from the University of Michigan, University of Nebraska, George Washington University, Ohio State University and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

CAS Associate Dean for Research Dr. Maria Lapinski, in combination with Dr. Julie Funk of the College of Veterinary Medicine, applied for the One Health symposia grant after exploring the concept, and realizing the need for a common language among researchers and research on effective communication technologies and techniques. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to forge a research agenda on the use of emergent communication formats and platforms in addressing important One Health research questions.

Today, I was joined by the Dean of Vet Med, Dr. Chris Brown, and Dr. Doug Gage of the Office of Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies to kick off this day of brain storming, idea sharing, collaboration and critical thinking. Participants are exploring concepts such as the interaction between human behavior and communication technologies. Our goal is to build interdisciplinary teams of researchers and effectively determine the best ideas in moving forward with an action plan for One Health.

Researchers will work closely with the newly formed translational scholar program, comprised of student researchers embedded into the faculty teams determined today, to learn about research and facilitate translation of project processes and outcomes.

You can follow the conversation on Twitter by using #MSUOneHealth. Stay tuned for photos and videos posted on our website, which will be captured throughout the day.


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