Inaugural One Health Conference & Student Poster Competition

Over 150 regional One Health professionals, students, and enthusiasts converged on the Saint Louis Zoo on Friday, September 30, 2016, for the Inaugural One Health Conference. The keynote speaker was Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, co-author of the 2012 NY Times Bestseller “Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health” and a cardiologist whose patients include gorillas, lions, wallabies and humans. Two expert panels also convened to discuss both the ecological context of One Health, and the how the One Health paradigm is changing translational research in the fields of oncology and infectious disease.

The conference served as the official launch of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Auburn University, and University of Missouri, Columbia, Consortium for One Health (WAMCOH), the collaborative partnership of three preeminent research institutions. The mission of WAMCOH is focuses on the health linkages among humans, animals, and their shared environments.

Exemplifying the interdisciplinary nature of One Health, the student poster contest included 14 students who are currently training in MD, VMD/DVM, PhD, and bachelors degree programs. Undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, and veterinary students from Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri, the University of Florida, and Mississippi State University presented their research in the student poster contest. This year, first prize in the poster contest went to Geraline Arroyo, a second-year student at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The judges for the contest were highly qualified and hailed from diverse academic backgrounds: this year’s five judges held a total of seven doctorates, including MD, VMD/DVM, and PhD degrees.  For those of you keeping score at home, that’s an average of 1.4 doctoral degrees per judge! Koong-Nah Chung, PhD and associate dean for medical student research, and Kelle Moley, MD and co-director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, represented our medical school as judges.

To see photos of the conference and poster session, check out the gallery below!


Event Sponsors: Biologic Therapeutics Center, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Saint Louis Zoo, Institute for Conservation Medicine, Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health, University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Missouri Cures Education Foundation, Institute of Clinical and Translational Science