The One Health Lancet Commission - 1. Meeting

The first meeting of the One Health Lancet Commission will take place in Oslo on the 9th and 10th of May 2019. The meeting will bring together the worlds top researchers from the field of One Health.

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The first meeting of the One Health Lancet Commission will be hosted by the Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo and takes place in Oslo on from the 9th-10th of May.

What shall the commission achieve?

UiO Lancet Commission on One Health will contribute to creating awareness about One Health and the challenges we as a society are facing, as well as contributing to new knowledge in the area through research.

Why is this important for UiO?

As a leading player within education and research, the UiO Lancet Commission on One Health is an important contribution to the university’s life science initiative and follow-up of the sustainable development goals which is high on the UiO agenda .

The program will be posted on these pages in due time.

Participants (alphabetical order)

(Commissioner and co-lead of the Commission) Dr. Amuasi, John trained as a physician at the KNUST School of Medical Sciences in Ghana and completed post-graduate studies in Health Research at the University of Minnesota SPH. Dr. Amuasi currently leads the Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group at the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) and is also a lecturer at the Global Health Department of the SPH, KNUST. Dr. Amuasi’s work involves policy and field epidemiologic studies on diseases of poverty, and he has consulted for several international organizations on interventions to improve health systems, services and outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.


(Commissioner ) Dr. Abela-Ridder, Bernadette works in the Department for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the team leader on neglected zoonotic diseases and NTDs that have a human animal interface. She is closely involved in advancing common areas of work with FAO, OIE and other global health actors. Bernadette previously worked in the WHO Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses working on capacity building and global early warning for zoonotic events and led the WHO global burden of leptospirosis study.


(Commissioner) Dr. Ahmed, Osama Ahmed Hassan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of "One Health" at the Center for Global Health, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. He is in charge of the “One Health” signatory theme at the Center. Dr. Osama works closely with international organizations such as FAO, OIE, WHO, EU Health commission that adopting One Health approach to confront global health threats at animal, human and environment interface.


(Oslo Research Team) Dr. Asaduzzaman, Muhammad is a research fellow at Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo. His primary lies in One Health, field epidemiology and global health with skilled training on medical sciences, public health and clinical trials. His long term research interests focus on the development of a comprehensive understanding of key pathways  involved in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) along with Infectious disease epidemiology (specially zoonotic) through multidisciplinary approach. Being a former One Health Fellow in South Asia and GHES Fogarty Fellow in global health, Dr.Asad has long standing research experience in One Health arena at global south.


(Commissioner) Dr. Berthe, Franck is a One Health practitioner at the World Bank, working across the agriculture, environment and public health sectors on health issues at the human animal environment interfaces. He has served as an expert for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) since 1996 through specialized Commissions and ad hoc groups. He is currently Vice-President of the OIE Biological Standards Commission.  Before joining the Bank, Franck was the Head of the Animal and Plant Health Unit at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  Prior to that, he was Associate Professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College (UPEI) and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Health Sciences.


(Commissioner) Prof. Blumberg, Lucille is a Deputy Director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, of the National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa and founding head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response. She is currently a medical consultant to the Division for Outbreak Preparedness and Response and to the Centre for Emerging, Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape.


(Oslo Research Team) Prof. Carabin, Hélène is a DVM trained in veterinary and human epidemiology and in health economics. Her work primarily focuses on using state-of-the-art epidemiological methods and Bayesian statistics to measure associations, while adjusting for bias, between animal, human and environmental factors and zoonotic infections such as Shistosoma japonicum and cysticercosis. She is also involved on research to develop serological markers for neurocysticercosis. Dr. Carabin highly contributed to the inclusion of neurocysticercosis and cystic echinococcosis in the Global Burden of Disease estimates. She is the Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and One Health since September 2018.


(Oslo Research Team) Prof. Corander, Jukka is a group leader at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo. Jukka received the ERC Starting grant 2009-2014 and is currently leading an ERC Advanced grant project SCARABEE for evolutionary epidemiology from Infection and Immunity panel. The group has introduced several of the leading statistical methods for bacterial population genomics, including tools for analysing population structure and recombination, GWAS and discovery of interacting mutations.


(Commissioner) Prof. Peter Daszak is President of EcoHealth Alliance. Dr. Daszak is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and Chair of the NASEM’s Forum on Microbial Threats. He is a member of the NRC Advisory Committee to the US Global Change Research Program, the Supervisory Board of the One Health Platform, the One Health Commission Council of Advisors, the CEEZAD External Advisory Board, the Cosmos Club, and the Advisory Council of the Bridge Collaborative. He is also a regular advisor to WHO on pathogen prioritization for R&D.


(Commissioner) Prof. Fèvre, Eric is Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH), University of Liverpool and is jointly based at the International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Fèvre is the Chair the World Health Organization Working Group on zoonotic Neglected Tropical Diseases (zNTDs), is a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Human African Trypanosomiasis and was a member of the WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Disease (FERG).  In Kenya, he is a member of the Zoonoses Technical Working Group (ZTWG), the advisory body to the Government of Kenya National Zoonotic Disease Unit.


(Commissioner ) Dr. Barbara Haesler is a Senior Lecturer in Agrihealth at the Royal Veterinary College and the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health. She is a veterinary researcher with expertise in food systems, economics applied to animal health and One Health, and evaluation. She coordinated the international Network for Evaluation of One Health from 2014-2018 and then became an active member in the consortium’s continuation as the Network for Ecohealth and One Health – a European Chapter of the Ecohealth International Trust. Dr. Haesler has a special interest in using interdisciplinary approaches in food systems to investigate consequences and trade-offs in terms of food safety, food and nutrition security, animal welfare, livelihoods and sustainability.


(Centre for Global Health (CGH) admin) Ms. Haavardsson, Ingeborg is the Managing Director of the CGH. She studied French, History, Comparative Politics (Cand. Mag) at the Universities of Oslo and Bergen, followed by a Master’s Degree in  International Conflict Analysis from the University of Canterbury, Kent, UK. She is a management and project administration specialist, with over 25 years of management and event experience.


(Commissioner) Dr. Harrison, Wendy joined the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative as Deputy Director in April 2009 from the Comparative Medicine and Biology Unit at GlaxoSmithKline where she worked in an advisory role across a range of therapeutic drug development areas including inflammation and infection. Wendy was appointed as the Executive Director of SCI in 2016. Wendy is currently the Vice President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Past Chair of the global NTD NGO Network.


(Commissioner) Prof. Heymann, David is currently a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London. From 2012 to March 2017, he was chairman of Public Health England, UK, and prior an Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster, during which he headed the global response to SARS.  Before joining WHO, Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa, on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


(Commissioner) Dr. Lapinski, Maria is the Director of the Michigan State University (MSU) Health and Risk Communication Center: Healthy People-Healthy Planet. She is appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at MSU. For six years, she served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. From 2012-2016 she led, along with Dr. Julie Funk in the College of Veterinary Medicine an interdisciplinary collaborative: One Health: Emerging Communication Technology for Decision-Making and Behavior which was seed-funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.


(Commissioner) Dr. Lubroth, Juan is the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Dr. Lubroth previously served for seven years as the Senior Officer of FAO's Animal Health Service and Head of the Infectious Diseases Group/Emergency Prevention System in charge of worldwide surveillance, capacity building, and progressive control of transboundary animal diseases. In October 2009, Dr. Lubroth was appointed as Chief of the Animal Health Service.


(Lancet editorial office) Ms. Lucas, Tamara studied Anthropology BSc at University College London, followed by a Master’s Degree at London’s Royal College of Art. After several years spent working as a curator of ethnography and Indigenous art in the UK and Australia, Tamara moved into publishing, joining Elsevier in 2007, and has been the Executive Editor at The Lancet since 2013. Tamara is particularly interested in planetary health, climate change, and food systems and nutrition.


(Commissioner) Prof. May, Jürgen is a Professor for Epidemiology of Tropical Diseases at the University of Hamburg, Member of the Board of Directors at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), and Head of the Dept. Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Currently, he is a Board Member of the German Association for Tropical Medicine and International Health (DTG), Coordinator of the Unit African Partner Institutions at the German Center of Infectious Disease Research, and nominated representative of Germany and Luxemburg at the Joint Coordination Board (JBC) of the WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).


(Commissioner) Dr. Natterson-Horowitz, Barbara is a Visiting Professor in Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology. She co-directs UCLA’s Evolutionary Medicine Program. She has been a member of the UCLA Division of Cardiology since 1993 and served as Director of Imaging for the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Group. In 2012, she published the NY Times bestselling book, Zoobiquity which makes the case for a species-spanning approach to health. In September 2019, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz will keynote the Nobel Assembly's Nobel Conference in Stockholm, Sweden.


(Commissioner) Dr. Nwankwo, Uzoma is a Senior Medical Officer and Health Economist at Ministry of Health, Nigeria. He trained at University of Port Harcourt Nigeria; the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine, and the London School of Economics. He chairs the WHO Working Group on Investment for Impact (IfI) on the economics, financing and socioeconomic impact of NTDs control, and is a member of Nigeria’s Healthcare Financing, Equity & Investment (HCFE&I) technical working group.


(Commissioner) Dr. Okello, Anna is the current Research Program Manager for Livestock Systems at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, a statutory authority within the Australian government’s foreign aid portfolio. Anna is a Senior Advisor for One Health at the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, and holds an adjunct teaching position at the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy. She has also held technical advisory and research roles for International Non-Government Organizations, academia, the World Health Organization and the Australian government.


(Oslo Research Team) Dr. Rødland, Ernst Kristian is a specialist in Internal Medicine. He has mostly worked, either as a scientist or a clinician, in the field of infectious diseases since 2003. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Global Health (CGH) from August 2017. At present his work is oriented around antimicrobial resistance (AMR), One Health (OH), migrant health and Global Health. Dr. Rødland is involved in several projects addressing AMR with a OH approach, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. He is also a scientific coordinator in a Norwegian network for OH resistome surveillance (NORSE).


(Commissioner) Prof. Sahay, Sundeep is professor in informatics at the University of Oslo since 1999. He has more than 25 years of researching and teaching information systems/health information systems across more than 20 countries in both the Global North and South.  He founded a social enterprise called HISP India (see in 2000 as a part of Oslo’s HISP (Health Information Systems Programme) research and development network.  He has been Principal Investigator for at least 4 multi-country long term Research Council of Norway grants (total grant approx. 50 Million NOK), and received the UiO Innovation Award in 2012.


(Commissioner) Prof. Samuels, Thelma Alafia is the Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies in Barbados. She is an appointed member of the multi-sectoral Barbados National NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) Commission and was the principal author of the Barbados Ministry of Health Strategic Plan of Action for NCDs 2015-2019. She was the Principal Investigator for the formal evaluation of the CARICOM Heads of Government 2007 Port of Spain NCD Summit Declaration. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the follow-on project, also funded by the IDRC Canada, “Improving Household Nutrition Security in CARICOM”.


(Commissioner) Dr. Sejvar, James serves as a neuroepidemiologist at CDC’s Divisions of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology. He is board-certified in neurology, and serves on the faculty of the Department of Neurology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Sejvar is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  He serves on the editorial board of Lancet Neurology, and serves as a manuscript reviewer for numerous international medical journals.


(Commissioner) Dr. Stone, Matthew is a veterinary epidemiologist from New Zealand, and the Deputy Director General – International Standards and Science at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at their Paris headquarters. Matthew worked for the next 20 years with the government veterinary authority of New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries, serving in numerous veterinary and management roles. Matthew has been President of the Epidemiology Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.


(Commissioner) Dr. Thompson, Ricardo is the WHO Regional Programme Review Group Acting Chair for Africa and the Director and Principal Investigator, Chókwè Health Research and Training Centre (CITSC), National Institute of Health, Mozambique. From 2001 to 2008, he served as Scientific Director of the National Institute of Health in Mozambique. From 2011-2015, he served as the chairman of the WHO Lymphatic Filariasis Program Review Group in the African Region. In 2015, he became the vice-chair of the newly formed WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Program Review Group.


(Oslo Research Team) Prof. Wasteson, Yngvild is professor in microbiology/food safety at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, NMBU. She is trained as a veterinarian and has a PhD in microbiology. Her fields of interests are zoonotic infections and antimicrobial resistance, addressed in a One Health perspective. She is member of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment, and head of the panel on microbial ecology. From 2010 and until the merger into NMBU in 2014, Yngvild Wasteson was rector of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science.


(Commissioner and co-lead of the Commission) Prof. Winkler, Andrea is the Director of Centre for Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine. She is also affiliated as a professor at the Department for Community Medicine and Global Health, at the Institute of Health and Society. She is a medical doctor who has practiced in various medical specialties for more than 10 years. She also has three-years’ experience of tropical medicine. Her interest lies with poverty-related diseases of the infectious as well as non-infectious nature, zoonotic diseases with the ensuing One-Health concept, global palliative care as well as migrant medicine.



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Published Apr. 4, 2019 10:05 AM - Last modified May 10, 2021 1:29 PM