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Presentation on One Health Initiates Dean’s Lecture Series

The NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine is initiating a “Dean’s Lecture Series” with a presentation on how the health of the environment, wildlife, domestic animals, and people are inextricably linked.

“One Health, Food Security, and Climate Change: What are the Connections?” will be discussed by Dr. Mo Salman from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the South Theater of the main CVM Building.

Dr. Salman is a  professor of veterinary epidemiology at Colorado State University’s College of VeterinaryMo Salman Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who is concerned with addressing the endemic and emerging problems of developing countries, specifically those countries that face complex on-the-ground logistical concerns due to poverty, political unrest, cultural upheaval, war, climate change, or natural disasters.

An expert in infectious disease surveillance and survey in animals, Dr. Salman has been involved in international One Health efforts in more than 15 countries in Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

His work often focuses on helping nations identify and combat zoonotic diseases that spread from animals to humans, such as avian influenza, as well as infectious animals diseases that have an impact on trade and food security such as Foot and Mouth Disease. In 2012 Dr. Salman and colleagues were awarded a $15 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development to address the impact of global climate change on livestock systems.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Dr. Salman completed his veterinary degree at the University of Baghdad. He practiced in the  United Arab Emirates before moving to the U.S. in 1978 where he was in private practice until beginning graduate studies at the University of California-Davis.

Dr. Salman joined CSU in 1984 as analytical veterinary epidemiologist. In 2002  he helped establish the CSU Animal Population Health Institute with its goals: “to improve the health of animal populations, to prevent and control infectious and other important diseases of animals, and to contribute to national and international animal disease policy making processes by providing a better understanding of disease epidemiology and pathogenesis.”

A Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Salman also is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. Among his professional honors, he is the 2007 recipient of  the American Veterinary Medical Association’s XII International Veterinary Congress Prize for “outstanding contributions to international understanding of veterinary medicine.”

Note: Dr. Salmon will also be speaking to the One Health Intellectual Exchange Group at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Both talks are free and open to the public but registration is suggested.

For additional reading: NC State CVM Students Initiate One Health Forum

Posted Feb 1, 2013