The Lancet One Health Commission

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What is One Health?

The One Health concept recognizes the complex interconnectedness and interdependence of humans, animals, and the environment that we share. The One Health approach aims to demonstrate the synergistic benefit of closer cooperation between the human, animal, and environmental health sciences, as well as the importance of dismantling disciplinary and professional silos. This work is vital for ensuring a sustainably reconnected approach to defending and enhancing the health of humans, animals, and our shared environment.

Read more: The One Health concept

What shall The Lancet One Health Commission Achieve?

The ambition of The Lancet One Health Commission is to offer a recalibrated understanding of the ways in which contemporary global health challenges are implicated within the complex interconnectedness of humans, animals, and our shared environment, and to provide an approach for harnessing this knowledge to ensure a sustainably healthy future. The Commission’s work will explicate the significance of a One Health approach for policy by engaging transdisciplinary expertise and perspectives from both the public and private sectors. Attention will be directed to infectious diseases, AMR, and non-communicable diseases—the latter of which have often been left out of the discourse on One Health.

Read more: Objectives of The Lancet One Health Commission

Why is this important for UiO?

As a leading player within education and research, The Lancet One Health Commission offers an important contribution to the University of Oslo’s engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals and Life Sciences initiative.

The Commission

The Lancet One Health Commission is chaired by Dr. John Amuasi, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, and Prof. Andrea Winkler, Centre for Global Health at UiO and the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The Centre for Global Health at UiO hosts the Commission’s northern secretariat, with the support of the Center for Global Health at TUM. The Global Health group at KCCR on the KNUST campus hosts the southern secretariat. The Commission comprises 24 Commissioners and several researchers from multiple disciplines from around the globe.


                   Co-Chairs of The Lancet One Health Commission
                   Dr. John Amuasi MD and Prof. Andrea Winkler MD


Prof. David Heymann CBE

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, London




Dr. Uzoma Nwankwo

Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria

Dr. Thelma Alafia Samuels PhD

Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, the University of the West Indies in Barbados


Dr. Matthew Stone MVS

Deputy Director General, International Standards and Science, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Dr. Barbara Haesler PhD

London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

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Prof. Jukka Corander

Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo, Norway


Dr. Anna Okello PhD

Research Program Manager, Livestock Systems, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research


Dr. Juan Lubroth PhD

former Chief Veterinary Officer, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Prof. Maria Lapinski PhD

Director, Health and Risk Communication Center, Michigan State University

Dr. James J. Sejvar MD

Neuroepidemiologist, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine. Consultant Neuroepidemiologist, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore

Dr. Wendy Harrison PhD

School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London & Executive Director, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

Dr. Osama Ahmed Hassan Ahmed PhD

Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University, Sweden

Dr. Lucille Blumberg MD

Deputy Director, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa. Founding head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response



Prof. Ning Xiao PhD

National Institute of parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Prof. Sundeep Sahay

Research Group for Information Systems, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo

Prof. Eric Fèvre PhD

Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH), University of Liverpool & International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi


Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder

Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization

Dr. Peter Daszak PhD

President, EcoHealth Alliance

Prof. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz MD

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) & Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge 



Prof. Jürgen May MD

Department of Infectious Diseases EpidemiologyBernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, University of Hamburg

Dr. Franck Berthe PhD 

Senior Livestock Specialist in the Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank Group

Prof. Jakob Zinnstag PhD DVM

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel


Prof. Hélène Carabin PhD DVM

Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & School of Public Health, Université de Montréal


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Christina Brux

Advisor, The Lancet One Health Commission, Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo

Research Professor Carlos Goncalo das Neves, DVM PhD

Director of Research and Internationalization, Norwegian Veterinary Institute & President, Wildlife Disease Association

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Dr. Renzo Guinto, MD DrPH

Director, Planetary & Global Health Program St. Luke's Medical Center, College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial, Philippines & Next Generation One Health Advisor, The Lancet One Health Commission

The Oslo Research Team:

  • Yngvild Wasteson - Professor of Food Microbiology/Food Safety & Academic Head of Veterinary and Animal Care programs at Norwegian University of Life Science's Veterinary College
  • Muhammad Asaduzzaman - Doctoral Research Fellow at Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
  • Ernst Kristian Rødland - Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Prevention Consultant at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)


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  • Louis Adu-Amoah
  • Eric Ebenezer Boham


  • to be announced

Image may contain: Plate.It is with great sadness that we share that Dr. Ricardo Thompson passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Dr. Thompson was a dedicated parasitologist and a neglected tropical disease expert, who served the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health in Mozambique in multiple instrumental and leadership capacities over the years. He was a dear colleague whose time with us and in our commission has been deeply valued. Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife and two children. Our thoughts are with them. May Dr. Ricardo Thompson rest in peace.


Funding and Support

The Lancet One Health Commission is funded by UiO: Life Science and by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
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The Commission is supported in-kind by the Centre for Global Health at UiO, the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). 

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Published Jan. 21, 2019 3:26 PM - Last modified Nov. 17, 2020 10:31 AM