Pandemics of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Are We Always Forgetting a Piece of the Puzzle?

The Lancet One Health Commission at UiO welcomes you to join the second webinar part of the One Health - Reconnecting for Our Future series with a conversation between Carlos Gonçalo das Neves and Peter Daszak about the dynamics of pandemics.

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COVID-19 has forced all of us to come to terms with pandemics and what they represent globally. However, pandemics have been around for a long time and we can reasonably expect that they will continue to happen in the future.

In this webinar, we reflect on the dynamics of pandemics and on the changes that have occurred in the ever-fluctuating balance between humans, pathogens and the world that surrounds us. This raises the question of if we have undervalued the importance of prediction and prevention measures, as well as the relevance of a One Health approach to problems that affect humans, animals and the environment.

With several examples of ongoing and recently finished projects around the world, this webinar will address how prediction and prevention are the necessary but predominantly “missing” pieces of this complex puzzle, as well as integral elements of the One Health understanding that a more effective management of future threats demands.

Speakers

 

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Carlos Gonçalo das Neves

Carlos Gonçalo das Neves is the Director of Research and Internationalization at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute in Oslo, President of the Wildlife Disease Association and chair of the Wildlife Population Health specialty of the European College of Zoological Medicine.

He is a graduate of Veterinary Medicine and holds a PhD in Wildlife Virology, a field in which he has been working for the last 15 years. He works mostly today with topics related to One Health and emerging threats. He holds a joint position at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Das Neves has served as a national expert in animal welfare and health for the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment and served as Honorary Consul of Portugal in Norway between 2010 and 2017.

 

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Peter Daszak

Dr. Peter Daszak is President of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach programs on global health, conservation and international development. Dr. Daszak’s research has been instrumental in identifying and predicting the origins and impact of emerging diseases across the globe. This includes identifying the bat origin of SARS, the drivers of Nipah virus emergence, publishing the first global emerging disease ‘hotspots’ map, discovering SADS coronavirus, designing a strategy to identify the number of unknown viruses in wildlife, launching the Global Virome Project, identifying the first case of a species extinction due to disease, and discovering the disease chytridiomycosis as the cause global amphibian declines.

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 has served on the IOM Committee on global surveillance for emerging zoonoses, the NRC committee on the future of veterinary research, the International Standing Advisory Board of the Australian Biosecurity CRC; and has advised the Director for Medical Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff on global health issues. Dr. Daszak is a regular advisor to WHO on pathogen prioritization for R&D.

Dr. Daszak won the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative research on the discovery of amphibian chytridiomycosis, is the EHA institutional lead for USAID-EPT-PREDICT, is on the Editorial Board of Conservation Biology, One Health, One Health Outlook, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecohealth.  He has authored over 300 scientific papers, and his work has been the focus of extensive media coverage. 


Webinar Format

This webinar will be a 30-minute conversation with Carlos Gonçalo das Neves and Peter Daszak followed by a 30-minute open Q&A session, part of the One Health - Reconnecting for Our Future webinar series. All participants must register for the webinar in order to receive the zoom link. Please note that this webinar will be recorded and distributed to those who registered but were unable to join. 

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On the seminar series One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future

The CGH is hosting The Lancet One Health Commission webinar series, One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future. The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana also supports this series, as does the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This series aims to: (1) increase awareness of One Health in general and of its relevance for health security in the COVID-19 era, (2) share and disseminate the work of the Commission, and (3) foster a multi-directional dialogue among the academic and scientific community, the policy community, the NGO community, frontline clinicians, and ‘next generation’ students and young professionals.

Published May 25, 2020 11:23 AM - Last modified June 8, 2020 1:04 PM