One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem*. It is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact.
*a biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) and their physical environment interacting as a system
Originally published in the October 2015 CVM Dean's Corner (October 9, 2015)
Dr. Denise Faustman, associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Immunology Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently visited the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). The visit allowed Faustman, a renowned immunologist and clinical researcher, to share her expertise and collaborate with faculty and students at the CVM.
"Dr. Faustman has made transformational discoveries in immunoregulation for cancer, autoimmunity, and infectious disease in humans that have potential to be transferred to bovine health," said Dr. Michael Criscitiello, an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB).
During her visit, Faustman presented a lecture titled "The Ups and Down of Tregs and the TNFR2 receptor; Lessors of Type 1 Diabetes and Chronic Infections." The event was held on September 10 and sponsored by the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M One Health Initiative, and the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.
Faustman also met with faculty and students at the CVM to discuss potential collaboration on a project focused on understanding chronic bacterial infections in cattle and bison. VTPB faculty members Dr. Michael Criscitiello, Dr. Angela Arenas, and Dr. Garry Adams are currently collaborating with her on bovine immunology research.
The visit left many at the CVM feeling enthusiastic about potential research partnerships with Faustman. "Despite running a human clinical research group of the highest caliber, Dr. Faustman still retains a childlike excitement for science that is infectious and a pleasure to be around," said Criscitiello.