One Health Research Symposium (November 17, 2019)
The US-NAS committee member President Dr. M. Qasim Jan, Secretary General Dr. M. Aslam Baig, and Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari (Fellow, PAS) Pakistan Academy of Sciences organized a 1-day “One-Health Research Symposium” attended by around 50 participants including young and senior researchers, current and former US-NAS fellows, representatives from different research organizations and universities working in different disciplines pertaining to all the three main components of One-Health i.e. humans, animals and the environment.
The symposium was organized to disseminate information about One-Health approach i.e. fostering enduring international and national collaborations in multidisciplinary research themes to achieve sustainable health for all. The symposium featured US-NAS fellowship program which aims to build capacity of early to mid-career Pakistani scientists whose research projects follow the 1-H approach and at large, form a 1-H research network in Pakistan.
Invited participants included:
- All One-Health current, former fellows and mentors
- Dignitaries and representatives of one health related research organizations and institutes (NIH, NARC)
- Potential future fellows, Young PhDs, early career researchers, and research students (Quaid-i-Azam University and NUST, Islamabad, Qarshi University, Lahore etc.)
In the symposium, Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari and Dr. Audrey Thevenon delivered their talks on the theme of One-Health and US-NAS fellowships program in Pakistan. The current fellows who have completed their first phase of the project i.e. traveled abroad and worked under their international mentors in Kenya, Thailand and Singapore, presented their work in the symposium. The posters on One-Health theme were also invited from the young researchers to encourage their participation which were presented during the symposium and evaluated by Dr. Audrey Thevenon, US-NAS and Dr. Aamer Ikram, Executive Director, NIH. One selected poster was given the Best Poster Certificate towards the end of the symposium program.