Past Events

1928 Diagnostics  

May 25, 2021

A presentation  by 1928 Diagnostics, in collaboration with One Health at UCalgary and the AMR - One Health Consortium

1928 Diagnostics offers powerful bioinformatics analyses of your WGS data in minutes!

A cloud-based, easy-to-use platform allows you to quickly identify pathogens, resistance markers, and virulence factors so that you can track, control, and prevent outbreaks across Canada.

1928 Diagnostics goal is to support you in the fight against AMR; protecting people, animals, and the environment. 

  • *For a free test (30 samples upload) please click HERE.*
  • Promo code: OneHealthCA
  • *Your samples can be deleted after the trial period. 1928 Diagnostics will not share your data.

One Health at UCalgary Launch

March 15, 2021

One Health at UCalgary (OH@UC) is a new cross-cutting research theme at the University of Calgary. One Health builds transdisciplinary research teams and training programs around problems at the convergence of people, animals, and the environment with the goal of finding innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the well-being of all ecosystems. 

In this virtual launch, OH@UC team along with Dr. Michael Hart, UCalgary's VP Indigenous Engagement, Dr. Reg Crowshoe, member of the University of Calgary Senate, Jay Ingram, science broadcaster and writer, Dr. Bill Ghali, UCalgary’s VP Research, and Dr. Ed McCauley, UCalgary President and Vice-Chancellor got together and celebrate this exciting new initiative.

Roundtable participants

  • Dr. Gopal Achari, Professor in Civil Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering
  • Dr. Getachew Assefa, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape
  • Dr. Kerry Black, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering 
  • Dr. Lorian Hardcastle, Professor in Law and is cross-appointed to the Cumming School of Medicine
  • Dr. Aidan Hollis, Professor in the Department of Economics
  • Dr. Ann Toohey, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine

Times have changed: Selective dry cow therapy

Is this a good option for your herd?

March 3, 2021

One Health at UCalgary, the Mastitis Network, Maritime Quality Milk, Dairy at Guelph, and Lactanet presented “Times have changed: Selective dry cow therapy”.

David Kelton (DFO Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Health, University of Guelph) and Richard Cantin (Business Development, Lactanet Canada) discussed if this is a good option for your herd.

Mini Medical School Series 

One Health: Connections between livestock and human health

March 1, 2021

Mini-Medical School is offered by Synder Institute for Chronic Diseases in partnership with the Calgary Public Library. It is designed for members of the general public who are interested in learning more about chronic diseases and topics such as vaping associated lung disease, vaccines and preventable diseases, mental health and the microbiome, obesity and exercise, arthritis and autoinflammatory diseases in kids.

In this session, Drs. Michele Anholt, Karin Orsel (One Health at UCalgary) and John Gilleard discussed about the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

Times have changed: Selective dry cow therapy 

Is this a good option for your clients?

February 25, 2021

One Health at UCalgary, the Mastitis Network, Maritime Quality Milk, Dairy at Guelph, and Lactanet presented “Times have changed: Selective dry cow therapy”.

David Kelton (DFO Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Health, University of Guelph) and Richard Cantin (Business Development, Lactanet Canada) discussed if this is a good option for your clients.

One Health at UCalgary, Genome Alberta, the University of Alberta School of Public Health, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, and AMR-One Health Consortium, 

hosted a multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral workshop series around issues that are threatening human, animal, and environmental health, and the sustainability of Alberta's livestock industry. The workshop series were opened to public and brought together stakeholders from the private sector, academia, and government for presentations and panel discussions.

Antimicrobial Resistance

Session #3: Opportunities and Future Directions

Nov 12, 2020

In this third session we explored exciting new directions in the fight against AMR, including drug and alternative treatments, rapid diagnostic testing, and the current research on social and economic drivers for change. Panelists discussed the drivers for antimicrobial stewardship and mechanisms to prioritize funding for alternatives.

Agenda     Speaker Biographies

Session #2: One Health, Integrated AMR/AMU Surveillance and Risk Assessment

Nov 4, 2020

This session considered prominent examples of integrated, One Health surveillance programs for antimicrobial use and resistance that includes human, animal and environmental perspectives. Panelists explored what is required from these systems to inform risk assessment and stewardship policy and programs.

Agenda     Speaker Biographies

Session #1: International Approaches to Antimicrobial Stewardship

Oct 28, 2020

This first session presented an international perspective on antimicrobial stewardship, including examples from the human and animal health sectors in other countries, as well as a perspective on global governance to combat AMR. Panelists considered social and economic drivers for antimicrobial stewardship.

Agenda     Speaker Biographies

Health, Resilience and the Microbiome

October 21, 2020

Recent research has identified the important role of microbiomes in human and animal health. This workshop will shed insight into how microbiomes can be managed from a One Health perspective to promote healthy, productive lives for both humans and livestock.

Agenda     Speaker Biographies

One Health & COVID-19 

October 14, 2020

This workshop will examine COVID-19 from a One Health perspective. We will explore the human drivers of emerging diseases and the need for a transdisciplinary approach to the complex consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agenda     Speaker Biographies

Chronic Wasting Disease

Oct 7 and Sep 30, 2020

This workshop provides an overview on chronic wasting disease surveillance in Canada and on the perspectives and testing needs of rightsholders and stakeholders. 

Agenda     Speaker biographies

One Health Circle

is an online based community webinar series hosted by One Health at UCalgary.

One Health Within: Establishing healthy microbiomes in infants

Webinar #13: January 19, 2022

Humans and their microbial communities have been evolving together for billions of years. It is understood that our relationship with microbiota in biodiverse environments is vital to the evolution and progression of resilient immune systems. Scientists have observed that environmental changes over the past 50 years have altered our microbiomes and are studying the influence of the change on our health. Such altered microbiomes are passed down to the next generation, further compounding health outcomes. How does the microbiota of mothers shape the microbe and immune system of their infants? What impact does this have on their health trajectory?

Dr. Kathy McCoy (Killam Memorial Chair, Snyder Institute, Cumming School of Medicine and International Microbiome Centre) described the microbiome, how our microbiomes have changed over the past 50 years, and the influences of the maternal microbiome on the infant.

Dr. Laura Sycuro (Cumming School of Medicine and International Microbiome Centre) discussed how the microbial makeup of infants is influenced by their mothers during and after birth, and what this means in terms of infant health in

Overcoming the challenge of change in times of unprecedented change

Webinar #12: November 17, 2021 

Change is difficult but not optional. Changing our behaviours to respond to complex challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance will require new goals and strategies. Shifting to truly comprehensive and holistic approaches is mandatory to achieve wellness and resilience for people, animals, and the environment - if we persist in overcoming the challenge of change.

Dr. Craig Stephen (President, Pacific Epidemiology Services) spoke to how we don't make the necessary changes, even when there is ample scientific evidence that we must, and will advocate for an implementation agenda.

Dr. Ellen Goddard (Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, UofA) discussed how change is possible in the context of agriculture and AMR.


This Halloween celebrate beautiful bats!

Webinar #11: October 20, 2021 

Bats play important ecological role in every ecosystem on earth except the Antarctica. As important pollinators and seed dispersers, they make important contributions to the world economies as well. Learn about the wonders of bats and threats to their survival including white-nose syndrome (WNS).  WNS is a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in recent years. Considered as the worst wildlife disease outbreak in North American history, white-nose syndrome has devastating effects on bat populations, ecosystems, and the economy.

Dr. Robert Barclay (Dept. of Biological Sciences, UofC) talked about the benefits of bats. He also described their life histories, movements and roosting patterns. Understanding these important aspects of bat behavior can have implications on the spread of white-nose syndrome.

Jordi Segers (Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative) l focused on the cooperative work done by government agencies to track and mitigate the impacts of white-nose syndrome. He also spoke on the ways in which the general public could help and the scientific advancement coming from Canadian and US response efforts.

Forest fire

Webinar #10: September 22, 2021

British Columbia’s wildfires have impacted human, animal, and environmental health. In addition to the widely reported loss of life, homes, and natural habitats, the growing scale of wildfires are crippling many small-town economies and impacting sustainability. Canada’s 2021 fire season demonstrated that the occurrence, frequency, and behaviour of wildfires have changed.

In this webinar, Dr. Marc-André Parisien (Canadian Forest Service) discussed the features of the 2021 fire season and how climate change and the changing landscape is impacting fire patterns and characteristics.

Also, Dr. Mojgan Mirzaei (Dept. of Geography, UofC) drew on the field of geography and showed how new research in remote sensing can predict smoke concentrations and inform evacuation planning decisions.

One Health through sustainable food systems - Sustainable food systems through One Health 

Webinar #9: May 19, 2021 

The COVID crisis has demonstrated how human health, the well-being of animals, and planetary health must not be viewed in isolation – and that they depend to a large extent on the ways in which we produce, process, trade and consume food.

In this webinar,  Dr. Marit Rosol (CRC & Associate Professor, U of C Dept. of Geography) and Kristi Peters (Sustainability Consultant & Food Systems Planner, City of Calgary) talked about the need and opportunities for change, how a One Health re-think of our current agri-food systems can support the necessary ecological and social transformation of our agri-food systems, and how the City of Calgary is working to improve food system resilience – towards healthier humans, animals, and the planet.

Protecting urban wildlife: A pathway to conservation and sustainable biodiversity

Webinar #8: April 21, 2021

Urbanization is a major driver of environmental change and is closely linked to loss of biodiversity. Developing biodiversity-friendly cities and protecting urban wildlife promotes sustainable urban development and the well being of many populations, including people. In this webinar, Dr. Shelley Alexander (Professor, Dept. of Geography) and Danah Duke (Executive Director, Miistakis Institute) discussed about how enhancing biodiversity can lead to a more liveable Calgary.

One Health Circle: Confronting antimicrobial resistance in food animal production

Webinar #7: March 24, 2021 

In this session, Drs. Kayley McCubbin (Dairy) - University of Calgary, Elizabeth Homerosky (Beef) - Veterinary Agri-Health Services, Jessica Law (Pork) - Prairie Swine Health Services, and Kathleen Long (Poultry) - Maple Leaf Foods got together and talked about :

  • What is AMR?
  • What are the potential impacts of AMR on the health of people, animals, and the environment, and
  • What efforts are being made across production animal sectors to reduce AMU.

The recording will be available soon. 

Under the microscope: microplastics in our environment and policies for action on all plastics

Webinar #6: Feb 24, 2021 

In this session Dr. Leland Jackson, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, ACWA and UCalgary and Tammy Schwass, Executive Director, Alberta Plastics Recycling Association had a conversation around the emergence of plastics as contaminants of concern. They discussed local models, policy and barriers to policy development, possible solutions, and a call to action for behavioural change through purchasing alternatives and consumer advocacy to manufacturers. 

The influence of pets on health & well-being later in life: Putting evidence into practice

Webinar #5: Feb 3, 2021

In this webinar, Dr. Ann M. Toohey (Brenda Stafford Centre on Aging and UCalgary) and Emma Mattos (Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society) discussed senior-pet relationships, and how they are shaped by the social and physical environments we create through public policies and organizational practices. They also discussed the barriers older adults face in maintaining their relationships with pets, and various age-friendly strategies.

The complexity of drinking water quality issues and innovative solutions

Webinar #4: Nov 25, 2020

In this session, we had a conversation regarding the ongoing challenge of poor water quality in Canadian communities and practical considerations for implementations of water sanitation technology in Canada and internationally. Suneel Rajavaram (CAWST) and Dr. Kerry Black (UCalgary) discussed this important topic and highlighted water quality challenges and the implementation of affordable technology in Canada and beyond helping us understand the importance of One Health considerations.

Speaker Bios

Social & Economic Disparities Tied to COVID-19: Causes and Consequences

Webinar #3: October 28, 2020

What are the socioeconomic determinants of health and social justice and how have they impacted populations infected with, and dying from, COVID-19? What are the policy implications for improving outcomes in disadvantaged populations? Watch Drs. Lorian Hardcastle and Naomi Lightman discussions on this regard.

Indigenous Concepts of Health and Wellbeing

Webinar #2: Sep 16, 2020

In this webinar, we discussed One Health and its relevance to Indigenous perspectives of health. Dr. Lynden (Lyndsay) Crowshoe (Family Physician, University of Calgary) and Dr. Chantelle Richmond (Health Geographer, Western University) highlighted Indigenous perspectives, discussed how human health is related to external factors, and helped us to understand the importance of One Health considerations.

Animals and COVID-19

Webinar #1: May 27, 2020

In this webinar, we discussed what are the risks of COVID-19 transmission to animals? How should you protect your pet and yourself from COVID-19? How does it move between species? Drs. Craig Jenne (Infectious Disease Specialist), Doug Whiteside (Zoo Veterinarian) and Rebecca Archer(Companion Animal Veterinarian) came together to discuss what we know about animals and COVID-19, how we can mitigate the risk to animals, and help us to understand the risk of transmission between animals and people.

Password to watch the recorded session: 2E@5?657

One Health Trainee Town Hall

May 13, 2020.

in this virtual Town Hall, 21 undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students and Postdoc fellows participated from various faculties across the UCalgary. Herman Barkema, Michele AnholtLorian Hardcastle, and Kayley McCubbin lectured about One Health at UCalgary, while the hosts and participants discussed future plans for expanding One Health training capacity through an MSc program, summer institute, and more. The attendees also learned about an environmental scan of other One Health training programs around the globe.