Science Policy Interface

Track 4: Science Policy Interface

Friday 22 June 2018
Saturday 23 June 2018
The impact of zoonotic diseases - Why should One Health be of importance to policy makers? Lessons learnt from One Health crises

Saturday 23 June 2018, 10:45-12:30
Science Policy Interface

John Mackenzie,

Curtin University, Australia, Co-founder One Health Platform Foundation, Co-chair 6th World One Health Congress

Casey Barton Behravesh,


Session programme:

  1. New World Screwworm Eradication in South Florida – A One Health Success Story
    Lisa Conti, One Health Initiative
  2. Rift Valley Fever as a public health emergency
    Amadou Sall, Institut Pasteur de Dakar, Senegal
  3. Ebola: what went wrong and where do we go now?
    Simon Mardel, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  4. Lessons learned from the H1N1 influenza pandemic: are we prepared for a new outbreak
    Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
  5. How can we improve global response strategies – Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN 2.0)
    Patrick Drury, World Health Organization

Changing the Future of Epidemic Response & Pandemic Prevention

Jonna AK Mazet, UC Davis, USA


  1. Shifting the response paradigm from reactive to proactive
    Jonna AK Mazet, UC Davis, USA
  2. Rapid response & control lessons from Ebola in DRC
    Charles Kumakamba, Democratic Republic of Congo
  3. Nipah in Bangladesh: when epidemics become endemic
    Ariful Islam, icddr,b - Bangladesh
  4. Accurately forecasting viral spread
    Nistara Randhawa, One Health Institute UC Davis, USA
  5. Strategy to understand new high consequence viral species
    Tracey Goldstein, One Health Institute UC Davis, USA
  6. The Global Virome Project: assessing & mitigating risk from emerging zoonotic threats
    Jonna AK Mazet, UC Davis, USA
Addressing zoonotic diseases at the animal-human-ecosystem interface. What are the threats? How to be prepared?

Saturday 23 June 2018, 14:00-15:45
Science Policy Interface

Doug Freeman, University of Saskatchewan, Canada Chair Local Organizing Committee 5th International One Health Congress

Session programme:

  1. Avian Influenza Surveillance in Live Birds Markets in Thailand
    Ong-orn Prasarnphanich, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Southeast Asia Regional Office
  2. Challenges in Complexity: How Brucellosis Thrives in the Science-Policy Interface Space
    Darrell Abernethy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria
  3. Achieving Rabies Zero by 2030
    Waqas Ahmad, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pakistan
  4. Future Earth’s Top Ten Challenges for One Health
    Peter Daszak and William B. Karesh, EcoHealth Alliance

The drivers of emerging zoonotic diseases

Saturday 23 June 2018, 16:15-18:00
Science Policy Interface

Moira McKinnon, Medical practitioner, Canberra, Australia.

Session programme:

  1. The migration, climate change, and vector-borne disease nexus
    Kanya C. Long, World Bank
  2. AMR containment and Prevention considering the Drivers of EID in Thailand
    Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
  3. The Long and Hard Road to Evidence Based policy
    Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer British Columbia, Canada
  4. Communicating the evidence to policy makers and populations. Who is the right audience?
    Mark Rweyemamu, Director of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases and Surveillance (SACIDS)

Sunday 24 June 2018
Resistance to antibiotics and antivirals: challenges for policy makers and scientists

Sunday 24 June 2018, 10:45-12:30
Science Policy Interface

Laura H. Kahn, Princeton University, USA
Christianne Bruschke,

Chief Veterinary Officer, The Netherlands

Session programme:

  1. Antimicrobial Resistance and One Health solutions
    Joergen Schlundt, University of Singapore
  2. Antimicrobial resistance: Canada’s science and policy challenges
    Aline Dimitri, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canada
  3. The Nordic countries strategy for AMR: challenges at “high latitudes” for policy makers, scientists and society
    Carlos Gonçalo das Neves, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Norway
  4. WHO guidelines on use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals
    Scott McEwen, University of Guelph, Canada
  5. Trade Implications of Antimicrobial Resistance in the International Food Chain
    Anna George, Murdoch University, Australia

Neglected Zoonotic Diseases in Resource-Poor, Marginalised and Under-Served Communities: Challenges in Infectious Disease Control

Martyn Jeggo, Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Australia

Bernadette Ramirez, World Health Organization


  1. Where we left off: main conclusions of the 2014 International meeting on the control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases
    Mike Ryan, World Health Organization
  2. Combatting Neglected Zoonotic Diseases at the human/animal interface: an overview
    Ab Osterhaus, RIZ Hannover, Germany
  3. Challenges and opportunities to preventing and responding to outbreaks of helminth/bacterial/viral infections in livestock
    Vivek Kapur, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  4. Need to acquire community support to implementing effective control programmes
    Helen Scott-Orr, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia
One Health and Global Health Security - disaster risk reduction

Sunday 24 June 2018, 14:00-15:45
Science Policy Interface

William B. Karesh,

EcoHealth Alliance

Trevor Smith, Global Affairs Canada

Session programme:

  1. Biological threats: a global perspective
    Rebecca Katz, Co-Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, USA
  2. The Global Health Security Agenda
    Outi Kuivasniemi, Deputy Director for International Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  3. Weapons Threat Reduction Program​
    Trevor Smith, Senior Program Manager, Biological & Chemical Security, UNSCR 1540 Implementation, Global Affairs Canada  
  4. Objectives and achievements of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency​
    Lance Brooks, Division Chief Cooperative Bio Engagement Program, Department of Defense, USA

Making One Health operational: the barriers to change and glimmers of hope

Sunday 24 June 2018, 16:15-18:00
Science Policy Interface

Robert Salerno,

DAI Global Health

Osman Dar,

Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, UK

Session programme:

  1. Introduction to the session's concept and objectives
    Robert Salerno, session chair
  2. A decade of implementing One Health in Kenya: Translating research into practice
    Peninah Munyua, Kenya CDC
  3. One Health Secretariat: A Formalized coordinating Entity for Operationalizing One Health in Bangladesh
    Meerjady Sabrina Flora, IEDCR, Bangladesh
  4. Making One Health operational within the Caribbean Region
    Chris Oura, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
  5. Characterizing the interventions of the private sector extractive industries during the Ebola virus disease crisis in West Africa
    Susan Scribner, Vice President Health Systems Solutions, DAI Global Health
  6. Tripartite Guidance: Taking One Health Approaches to Address Zoonotic Diseases in Countries: A “Glimmer of Hope”
    Elizabeth Mumford, World Health Organization
  7. Panel discussion and open Q&A

Monday 25 June 2018
One Health in underserved, resource-poor and marginalized communities / New strategies call for One Health solutions

Monday 25 June 2018, 10:30-12:15
Science Policy Interface

Marietjie Venter, University of Pretoria, SA
Jay Varma,

Senior Advisor, Africa CDC

Session programme:

  1. Africa CDC: Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing One Health in Africa
    Jay Varma, Senior Advisor, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention 
  2. First Nations of Canada and the One Health approach
    Addie Pryce, Assembly of First Nations, Canada
    Kevin McLeod, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
  3. One Health, rabies response and more-than-human considerations in Indigenous communities in Northern Australia
    Chris Degeling, University of Wollongong, Australia
  4. Aligning Science and Policy in the Fight Against Emerging Infectious Threats
    Craig Vanderwagen, former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, USA
    Gerald Parker, Assistant Dean of the Veterinary School for One Health Initiatives at Texas A and M University, USA 
  5. CORDS: Empowering Communities for the Containment of Infectious Outbreaks through a Global Multidisciplinary Collaboration between Regional Networks
    Christophe Longuet, Connecting organisation for Regional Diseases Surveillance (CORDS) 


John Mackenzie, Curtin University, Australia

Emma Clare Hobbs, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

Session programme:

  1. Coronavirus bio-surveillance of the insectivorous bats at the Matlapitsi cave in the Limpopo province, South Africa
    Marike Geldenhuys-Venter, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
  2. Zika Virus Surveillance at the Animal-Human Interface in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, 2017-2018
    Stephanie Salyer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US
  3. Avian-origin PB1 gene confers selective advantages to 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus RNA transcription and replication
    Fangzheng Wang, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  4. Learning form an evolutionary host: IRF3 signaling is critical to prevent Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus propagation in big brown bat cells
    Arinjay Banerjee, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  5. Anti-viral activity of HDAC6 against influenza A virus mediated via suppression of viral RNA polymerase subunit PA
    Yong-Sam Jung, Nanjing Agricultural University, China 
  6. Rapid and sensitive molecular detection of viruses, bacteria, and parasites without sophisticated laboratory equipment
    Joanne Macdonald, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia 


Led by Peter Daszak, Editor-in-Chief of the journal EcoHealth, and President of EcoHealth Alliance.

The writeshop covers how to strategically write and publish high-quality scientific research in a peer-reviewed journal. The inside-editorial perspective of the manuscript submission, review, and publication process will be shared with attendees. Topics covered include Impact Factors, Open Access, and H Index as well as a brief, systematic break-down of the components of a scientific publication from the Introduction to Acknowledgments. Attendees of the writeshop will participate in a short exercise in drafting an abstract. The format of the writeshop is informal and questions are encouraged throughout. EcoHealth journal Editorial Board Members including Review Editors and Reviewers will also be in attendance.

Limited number of seats available. To secure your seat, send an e-mail with your details to registration manager Elina Martin at [email protected].