Global Development Symposium 2012

Critical Links Between Human and Animal Health


Underscoring the “Critical Links between Human and Animal Health” the Global Development Symposium was held during May 06 – May 09, 2012, recognizing OVC and the University of Guelph leadership in the health of animals and people, learning, and research and further promotes the critical role of interdisciplinary research by OVC and other UofG faculty, students, staff and alumni in building healthier communities, animals and people.

A total of 152 abstracts were accepted (80 oral presentations, 38 pitches for progress, 34 posters) from all of the theme topics with representation from 14 countries (Afghanistan, Canada, China, United Kingdom, Georgia, India, Kenya, Lao Peoples, Dem. Rep., Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and USA).  More than 250 delegates participated. 

Featured keynote speakers included Mr. Stephen Lewis, Dr. Mark Raizenne, Dr. Brian Evans, Dr. John McDermott and Dr. Alastair Summerlee.

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Topics included:

  • Theme one: Global public health
    Ecosystem approaches to health, Research to action to policy, One Health, Educating the next generation of leaders, Wildlife and Feral animals

  • Theme two: Food security and health
    Sustaining communities, Market Integration, Adding value to family agriculture, Women and children, Climate change and health

  • Theme three: Empowering communities for change
    Outcome assessment: qualitative and quantitative, Stakeholder consultation, Learning and sharing, Participatory Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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