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One Health Symposium Brings Together Researchers to Promote Collaboration

Phot of hall with symposium crowd and Dean Hakim at podium

The emerging field of One Health builds from the knowledge that human health is deeply interconnected with environmental health and animal health. Federal funding agencies are increasingly looking to a One Health approach to solve complex health challenges, and the One Health Symposium, organized by UArizona Health Sciences, promoted collaboration across disciplines to propel our leadership in One Health research.

Photos by Kris Hanning

The University of Arizona Health Sciences, in close collaboration with the Zuckerman College of Public Health, hosted a One Health Symposium on May 3, 2022, to bring together researchers from across the University of Arizona who work on One Health research and raise awareness about the opportunities for collaboration.

The One Health approach understands that human health is deeply interconnected with environmental health and animal health. The health of all living things is woven together as one. One Health research uses an interdisciplinary and often community-based approach to solve complex health problems that emerge from environmental contamination, animal-to-human disease transmission, the impacts of climate change, and many other pressing issues.

Many federal funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have come to prioritize One Health research as a vital field to meet emerging health challenges for humans and the environment. The Symposium brought together researchers from colleges and schools from the across the University of Arizona, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy (COP), the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SEHSC), and the Zuckerman College of Public Health (COPH), to make the connections we will need to lead in One Health research.


Dr. Michael Dake, SVP for Health Sciences, delivered the closing remarks.

Dr. Michael Dake, SVP for Health Sciences, delivering the closing remarks

Frank von Hippel, Dan Derksen and Michael Dake

Dr. Frank von Hippel and Dr. Dan Derksen with Dr. Michael Dake


Dr. Michael Dake, SVP for Health Sciences, delivered the closing remarks and affirmed the university’s commitment to advance and lead in One Health research. Dr. Dake also expressed his thanks and gratitude for the work of Dr. Dan Derksen, AVP for Health Equity, Outreach & Interprofessional Services, and Dr. Frank von Hippel, Professor in the College of Public Health, who collaborated to organize the symposium and together have spearheaded One Health research collaboration in the Health Sciences and across campus.

Research Presentations

At the Symposium several researchers, many of them from the College of Public Health, gave presentations on their research related to One Health topics.

Dan Derksen, MD, AVP for Health Equity, Outreach, and Interprofessional Activities
Welcome and Introduction

Frank von Hippel, PhD, Professor, COPH
One Health Approaches to Pollution Problems in Indigenous Communities

Marc Verhougstraete, PhD, Assistant Professor, COPH
Presentation: One Water in One Health

Paul Brierly, Executive Director, Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture
Presentation: Wastewater Surveillance Informs Public Health Actions to Prevent Disease Transmission in Yuma, Arizona

Kerry Cooper, PhD, Assistant Professor of Food Safety and Epidemiology, CALS
Presentation: Survivability and Evolution of Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens in Different Agricultural Environments

Melissa Furlong, PhD, Assistant Professor, COPH
Presentation: Big Data Approaches to Evaluate Pesticide Toxicities in Humans

Jennifer Wishnie, DVM, Msc, MPH, DACVPM, Associate Professor, CVM
Kate Worthing, BVSc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice, CVM
Presentation: Educating the Next Generation of One Health Veterinary Practitioners

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, Associate Dean, COPH
Presentation: Binational One Health Vignette
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Kristen Pogreba-Brown, PhD, Associate Professor, COPH
Presentation: A One Health Evaluation of the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Pima Animal Care Center

Amanda Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, COPH
Presentation: Interacting with Microbes in Our Environment: Applying a Risk-Risk Tradeoff Framework

Ann Skulas-Ray, PhD, Assistant Professor, CALS
Presentation: Resolution of Inflammation as a Paradigm for Human Wellness

Panel Discussion: How do we build partnerships in One Health across the University?

Following the individual presentations, a panel discussion with research leaders from across the university shared their perspectives the UArizona’s strong foundation in One Health research, and the opportunities for collaboration and funding in the future.

Watch the Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks Here

One Health Symposium Panelists

Parker B. Antin, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research, CALS

Nathan J. Cherrington, PhD, ATS
Associate Dean for Research, SEHSC

Melanie Hingle, PhD MPH, RDN
Associate Professor, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness, CALS

Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Community, Environment and Policy, COPH

Kate Worthing, BVSc, PhD
Assistant Professor of Practice, CVM

Closing Remarks for the One Health Symposium

Michael Dake, MD
Senior Vice President for University of Arizona Health Sciences

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