Ian Beveridge Memorial Lecture

2016 - Humans, animals and the bugs between us: bridging the divide

Presented by Dr Siobhan Mor, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney

Over the last 50 years, the world has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of new infectious diseases leaping from other animals to humans. Global examples include HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola, while Hendra virus raises concerns here in Australia. These emerging diseases underscore the interconnectedness of human, domestic animal and wildlife health. Yet, systems designed to detect and respond to infectious diseases largely remain siloed.

Find out why emerging diseases are on the increase globally. Discover how human activity - particularly related to agriculture and food systems#is driving the spread of diseases from animals to humans.

In this talk, Dr Mor discusses how under-investment in animal and ecosystem health ultimately undermines human health. She shows how the concept of One Health enables us to re-examine and potentially overcome the structural barriers hindering effective management of zoonotic diseases.

Dr Siobhan Mor

Dr Siobhan Mor

Dr Siobhan Mor is a public health epidemiologist and veterinarian-researcher at the University of Sydney. She leads a team that is investigating a number of infectious diseases at the intersection of human, domestic animal and wildlife health, informing evidence-based policies to protect the health of all species.

Emeritus Professor William Ian Beveridge was an alumnus of the University of Sydney, graduating in 1931. He began his research career at McMaster Laboratory, CSIRO, shortly afterwards supervised by Professor R H Carne. Remarkably, within a few years he had found the bacterium responsible for footrot of sheep and set the principles for its control and eradication. He was later awarded a DVSc for this research. During World War II he worked on influenza and other diseases at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. In 1947 he became Professor of Animal Pathology at Cambridge and there and later in the WHO, developed and promoted the concept of “comparative (one) medicine”. In 1972 Professor Beveridge published a book, Frontiers in Comparative Medicine, outlining his views in this area of “one medicine”.

Event Details

Monday 24 October 2016

5.45pm - Lecture; 7.00-8.00pm - Cocktail Reception

Webster Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre
The University of Sydney

Cost Free

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