The Soulsby Foundation was chosen by the One Health Platform to open WOHC2020 (https://worldonehealthcongress.org/) on 30th October 2020. The Congress, which was to have been held in Edinburgh, was instead being run virtually between 30th October 2020 and 3rd November.
Following a brief welcome message, Soulsby Foundation Chair Judy MacArthur Clark introduced the 5th Annual Soulsby Lecture entitled “Global diplomacy and security: One Health in the 21st century” which was presented by Dr William Karesh of the EcoHealth Alliance in New York.
After the lecture, Katrina Soulsby Bulloch, Lord Soulsby’s daughter, spoke ardently about the Foundation’s Fellowship programme and of her father’s passion for One Health. In addition, each of the ten Soulsby Fellows had prepared a one-minute video describing their project and the impact that being a Soulsby Fellow was having on their careers.
Judy MacArthur Clark closed the session by encouraging the 1700-strong global audience to be inspired by these videos and to either apply for a 2021 Fellowship or to make a donation to support the work of the Foundation.
I am a PhD candidate in the Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution program at Emory University. From a young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, and so I pursued a DVM at Cornell University directly after my undergraduate degree. However, during vet school, I had my first experience with basic science research and I knew I wanted to combine these two arenas into one career, with a focus on infectious diseases. Therefore, after graduating and completing a competitive equine internship, I returned to academia to pursue my PhD.
I am an infectious diseases epidemiologist and a one health expert undertaking a one health postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Public health at University of Nairobi in collaboration with the university of Liverpool under the HORN project. I am also visiting scientist at ILRI One Health Center.
Welcome to the first of a new series of blog posts, as I document my mission to explore the diversity of zoonotic parasites in regions of the Asia Pacific alongside investigation into how to better control the diseases they cause.
Inception of a project on Livestock and Maternal Health in Ethiopia
I first visited Ethiopia— the country with “13 months of sunshine” (beware that some heavy rains do come across a number of them!) and the largest cattle population in Africa (crucial fact for a vet!)— 10 years ago and I had a firm intention of coming back. Years later, the HORN project (One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa) gave me the incredible opportunity to do so. HORN’s aim is to develop a network of researchers and organisations across the Horn of Africa with the view to undertake high quality research into the underlying relationship between people’s health and wellbeing and that of livestock and the environment. I am now a HORN postdoc associated to the University of Liverpool as well as a visiting scientist at ILRI.
My name is Juan Pablo, and I am a research fellow in One Health at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Victoria, Australia. In this blog post, I will tell you a bit of my (short) academic trajectory and about BLLiSS – Exploring Bhutanese Livestock & Livelihoods to achieve Sustainable Systems – the project I will run as a Soulsby fellow.
The Soulsby Foundation has recently been awarded a grant by the Alborada Trust (http://www.alboradatrust.com/) of £25,000 each year for the next five years (2020-24). The Trustees plan to match this funding each year which will allow the Foundation to distribute around £50,000 on Fellowships each year.
The Foundation has received 26 applications for the 2020 Fellowships, a significant increase on last year, so this additional funding is most welcome.
The successful Fellows will be announced in June at the World One Health Congress in Edinburgh.
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