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One Health spotlight

Truman the bloodhound CCMTR collaboration with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center on canine and human lymphoma
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In Search of Answers - A series of video discussions of One Health / One Medicine studies by CVM researchers. The animal/ human connection. Tracking the role of the SP2 gene. Fighting cancer and healing wounds? NCSU's CVM and oncology research.

Saving pets, aiding cancer research Canine bone marrow transplants Learnings: bone marrow transplants

Other links of interest

One Health Initiative - A movement to forge co-equal, all inclusive collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific-health related disciplines.

One Health Commission - Created on the recommendations of the One Health Initiative Task Force.

Southeast Region Climate Science Center - NC State collaboration with the United States Geological Survey includes CVM "One Health" research.

One Health

"Between animal and human medicine there is no dividing line – nor should there be. The object is different but the experience obtained constitutes the basis of all medicine."
- Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902)

One Health—the concept describing the complex interrelationship involving ecosystem health and the health and well being of wildlife, domestic animals, and humans is the focus of the research and extension work of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The CVM and its centers, institutes, programs, and individual faculty members and students contribute to the health of the environment, animals, and people on the local, regional, national, and international level.

Global health connections

With its focus on achieving equity in health for all people worldwide (1),global public health covers many fields including veterinary medicine and is often intertwined with the One Health concept. At the CVM, programs and collaborations related to global public health include CVM International Programs, and participation in the Triangle Global Health Consortium,  the North Carolina One Health Collaborative, and the Global Health Initiative at NC State.   

Centers and laboratories

Several faculty at the CVM are researching topics in One Health together with other colleagues at the CVM, NC State and beyond.

Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research

Mission: To promote scientific discovery and facilitate its clinical application to achieve the goal of improving the health of animals and humans. Research cores: Allergic Diseases, Biostatistics, Clinical Genomics, Emerging & Zoonotic Diseases, Mucosal Pathophysiology, Oncology, Stem Cells. CCMTR website >

Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics

Mission: To perform scientific research on the structure and function of skin focused on transdermal drug delivery, cutaneous toxicology, metabolism and pharmacokinetics employing innovative animal models and other pharmacokinetic research. Research interests: Percutaneous absorption of topically applied drugs and chemicals; Nanotoxicology; Dermal absorption and cutaneous toxicology of chemical mixtures; Transdermal drug delivery; Toxicology of military chemical vesicants; Chemical industry toxicology studies; Tissue residues and pharmacokinetics.

Aquatic Epidemiology and Conservation Laboratory

Mission: Exploring and working to resolve problems that affect the health and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and aquatic fauna. Research interests: Freshwater mussel conservation; Aquatic ecosystem health; Seafood safety.
AECL website >

Breen Lab at NC State

Mission: To exploring the cellular genomics of canine cancers and the investigation of any evolutionarily related genetic aetiology shared with human cancers. Research interests: Canine karotype, Molecular cytogenetics, Array-CGH analysis of canine tumors, Gene expression analysis, Canine brain tumors, Integrated genome mapping, Comparative and wildlife genomics. Breen lab website >

Thakur Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory

Mission: To improve pig and human health by reducing the burden of bacterial food borne pathogens. Research interests: Epidemiology of bacterial pathogens at the pre and post-harvest levels; Molecular characterization of antimicrobial resistance in food borne pathogens; Genotypic characterization of bacterial pathogens using molecular tools; Phylogenetic analysis of bacterial pathogens; Develop diagnostic tools for rapid pathogen detection and quantification. Thakur lab website>


(1) The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9679, Pages 1993 - 1995, 6 June 2009.