Announcement: Welcome One Health Signatory Theme Leader
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Dr. Ernst Kristian Rødland is a specialist in Internal Medicine. He has mostly worked, either as a scientist or as a clinician, in the field of infectious diseases since 2003. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the CGH, University of Oslo (UiO) since August 2017, and currently also holds a 20% position as associate professor at the Institute of Informatics, UiO. 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 an OH approach, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. He is also a scientific coordinator in a Norwegian network for OH resistome surveillance (NORSE). Most recently he has assisted the CGH with becoming the newest member of the Planetary Health Alliance, a consortium of over 200 universities, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and government entities from around the world committed to understanding and addressing global environmental change and its health impacts. Dr. Rødland will begin as a senior consultant at the department of Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Prevention at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in March 2020.
About the One Health Signatory Theme
Zoonotic diseases, i.e. diseases that require an animal reservoir, represent examples par excellence for a One Health approach. One Health not only revolves around human, animal and environmental health, but also brings other disciplines like social, economic and political sciences on board and borrows largely from the concept of public and global health. Therefore, collaboration and communication across stakeholders and disciplines represents an integral part. One Health strives to find solutions to global challenges involving public authorities and administrations, research bodies and the industry at both national and international level. Projects linked to the CGH focus on zoonotic disease networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and emerging diseases in the sense of global health preparedness, climate change and emerging health-related challenges such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), environmental pollution and toxins. In addition, one of the main initiatives regarding One Health at CGH is the on-going Lancet One Health Commission. The 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.