2013, March 20 - European Science Café : “One Health : Humans and Animals, We are All in this Together”

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- When : March 20, 2013 at 5:30pm
- Where : Alliance Francaise and Goethe-Zentrum/German Cultural Center - Plaza Level, Colony Square Complex - 1197 Peachtree Street, NE - Atlanta, GA
- RSVP : http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaScienceTavern/events/105179882/

The French and British Consulates General in Atlanta are pleased to support the series of ‘European Science Café’ with the Atlanta Science Tavern. These events take place in Atlanta in conjunction with the Alliance Francaise and Goethe-Zentrum/German Cultural Center. During those events a consulate invites a European scientist to give a talk, which is then followed by a discussion with the public around some refreshments.

The next ‘European Science Café’ event will take place on March 20, 2013 at 5:30pm at the Alliance Francaise and Goethe-Zentrum/German Cultural Center (Plaza Level, Colony Square Complex - 1197 Peachtree Street, NE - Atlanta, GA). Malcolm Bennett, Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the
School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool will talk about "One Health: Humans and Non-human Animals, We are All in this Together".
Please rsvp : http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaScienceTavern/events/105179882/

One Health: Humans and Non-human Animals, We are All in this Together – by Malcolm Bennett
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 Malcolm Bennett
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.