One Health, EcoHealth and Planetary Health: bridging disciplines for a post-COVID 19 world
During the COVID-19 response we have realised the importance of transdisciplinary research and global scientific collaboration. Furthermore, the pandemic has increased public awareness of the interconnectedness of humans, animals and the environment, and further emphasized the importance of understanding the links. It has been both a wake-up call and a call to action for improving the ability for research to integrate with policy.
At the human-animal-environment interface, three main holistic and interdisciplinary concepts exist: One Health, EcoHealth and Planetary Health. To minimize the risk of future pandemics and mitigate their impact, we must reflect on the experiences of COVID-19 through the lens of different disciplines, while at the same time harnessing the powering of integrating different perspectives.
This event will include short presentations from each speaker on the framework of their respective interdisciplinary concept. These will be followed by a discussion chaired by Dr Kris Murray.
- Mridula Mary Paul
Representing One Health: Mridula Mary Paul (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru).
Mridula Mary Paul is a lawyer and environmental policy specialist, and works with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru as Senior Policy Analyst. She has previously practiced before the Madras High Court and has a degree in Development Studies from the University of Oxford.
- Prof Kate Jones
Representing EcoHealth: Professor Kate Jones (Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research, University College London).
Kate Jones is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at University College London. Kate has held appointments at the University of Cambridge, Columbia University, Imperial College London, and is an honorary fellow at the Zoological Society of London.
- Prof Sabine Gabrysch
Representing Planetary Health: Professor Sabine Gabrysch (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin).
Sabine Gabrysch is Professor for Climate Change and Health at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She holds degrees in medicine and epidemiology and her research focus is on maternal and child health in low-income settings, in particular malnutrition.