One Health Centers

One Health Centers

With One Health Centers in the Americas (established), Africa and Asia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) will offer new opportunities for UW faculty, staff, students and trainees to collaborate with local communities and colleagues in mutually beneficial partnerships. Through these partnerships, UW can share its knowledge and resources to advance scientific training, build capacity and alleviate the burdens of disease and climate change. Communities will contribute Indigenous wisdom and local needs, and in-country colleagues and universities provide on-the-ground expertise and frame important questions for research and intervention activities.

The centers will advance animal, human and environmental health locally and globally in many ways:

  • Conducting and supporting research and surveillance across disciplines, including emerging infectious diseases, climate change, air quality, cancer and more
  • Providing early detection of important pathogens
  • Building capacity and advancing scientific training through state-of-the-art laboratories and research networks
  • Developing vaccines and protecting people, animals and crops
  • Opening opportunities for UW faculty, staff and students, and Wisconsin industry
  • Addressing social issues related to One Health

The One Health Centers will offer a framework to move research out of the lab into real-world settings. When results are translated into action, partners can immediately assess the social, cultural, political and environmental effects of each intervention. Through these partnerships, UW students and trainees can broaden their understanding of health and disease; researchers can add depth and new dimensions to their projects, and the results will benefit Wisconsin as well as the world.

Contact GHI at globalhealth@ghi.wisc.edu to learn more about opportunities to connect and collaborate with the One Health Centers.

(Photo: UW-Madison and Colombian collaborators, above, gather to travel to Puerto Nariño to study mansonellosis. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin-Colombia One Health Consortium.)

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GHI's One Health Center in Colombia is open, and centers are being planned for Western Africa and India.
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The One Health lab in Medellin, Colombia, is a Biosafety Level 2+ facility.

GHI One Health | Colombia

GHI One Health | Colombia is a collaboration between the UW-Madison and the Universidad National de Colombia with funding from Abbott Laboratories. Growing out of a half-century of ongoing collaborations in Colombia to study tropical diseases, the center (formerly the Colombia-Wisconsin One Health Consortium) was established in 2018 to recognize and explore the deep connections between human, animal and environmental health.

GHI Director Jorge Osorio, a professor of Pathobiological Sciences in the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, serves as co-director.

The center works in five regions of Colombia, including the Amazon, to strengthen local capacity to detect and manage diseases and discover pathogens. Projects have included surveillance of mansonella in Indigenous communities and of pathogens causing fever, genomic surveillance of SARS-COV-2 and immune responses, developing an effective universal influenza vaccine for swine, and monitoring the aerbiome and its association with air pollution. Read more about the center.

One Health Centers News

A group of researchers on a concrete pad next to the Amazon.Global HealthGHI opens new Colombian collaboration opportunities for UW researchersWith GHI One Health Colombia, the Global Health Institute invites UW researchers to collaborate with colleagues and communities in Colombia for mutual benefit. Read more…

Officials standing in a line and holding new agreement with UW-Madison.Global HealthColombia-UW agreement opens new doors for global health training and researchA new agreement between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Colombian government opens opportunities for research and bilateral exchanges for students and researchers, says Jorge Osorio, the new director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute …Read more…

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