One Health Newsletter

One Health Newsletter: Volume 13 Issue 2

October 2021

The theme of this issue is One Health in Action. All of the articles below display exciting applications of the One Health concept. This issue of the One Health Newsletter was written by professionals, post doctoral associates, and graduate/veterinary students with the assistance of our faculty editorial board and guest contributors.

Micro-Editorial: One Health in Action

A thematic overview and introduction to this OHNL.

A One Health Perspective: COVID-19’s Neuroscientific Aspect

By Maxwell Amoako

In simple terms, coronaviruses are large, enveloped RNA viruses. Among all RNA viruses, coronaviruses possess the largest genome.

Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Relationship between Shared-Biking Programs and the Improved Health of Plants, Animals, and Humans

By Patrick Tajanlangit

Globally, innovative programs such as bike-sharing can help combat issues such as the effects of climate change on poor air quality.

Washington, DC, bike lanes

COVID-19 Brings Black Fungus to the Lime Light in India

By Dr. Rishendra Verma

Black fungus infections have been on an unexpected rise, leading the Government of India to use One Health joint efforts to address such a fungal scourge.


Introduction to Article by the One Health Initiative on One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP) at the June 2021 G7 summit, UK

By Megan Eppler and Antoinette Lona

The creation of a One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP) at the June 2021 G7 summit confirms its significance and provides political visibility to One Health.

iMOVES Summer 2021 Course: Food Safety, Public Health and Animal Welfare in Terrestrial and Aquatic Animals

By Antoinette Lona, Lauren Davis, Paparwee Sungkatava, Danielle Preskitt and Dr. Justin Kastner

In June 2021, a coterie of Kansas State University students and faculty joined their scholarly counterparts at the University of Padova (Italy) for the 2021 International Mobility of Veterinary Students (iMOVES) virtual summer course.

iMOVES Zoom capture

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Faculty Editorial Board

Dr. Paige Adams
Paige Adams
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University

Dr. Jean Paul Gonzalez
Jean-Paul Gonzalez
School of Medicine
Georgetown University

Dr. Ellen Mulcahy
Ellyn Mulcahy

Master of Public Health
Kansas State University

Helena Chapman
Helena Chapman

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
NASA Applied Sciences Program

Student Editor

Ryan WalkerRyan Walker, Ph.D.

Ryan is a graduate student in the Public Health Core Concepts certificate program. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. training in human nutrition at Michigan State University. He also earned an international development doctoral specialization by studying global food laws, regulations, and agricultural development. While at MSU, Ryan taught food microbiology, meat processing, and food product development to undergraduates pursuing food science degrees. Ryan’s research interests include understanding the effects of dietary polyphenols and carbohydrates on tumorigenesis in models of human colon cancer, and the influence of dietary fiber sources and dietary polyphenols on the microbiome and metabolome of humans and animals. Ryan is also a Marine Corps Veteran and served in the Asia-Pacific region as a public affairs specialist.


A One Health Perspective: COVID-19’s Neuroscientific Aspect

Maxwell Amoako
Maxwell Amoako is a graduate of the Master of Science (MS) Integrative Neuroscience program at Georgetown University. Maxwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia). At Virginia Tech, Maxwell worked as a research assistant in Dr. Sheryl Ball’s Economics Laboratory and participated in human transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) studies. At Georgetown University, he was a research assistant in Dr. Xiong Jiang’s Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab and used SPM12 software to conduct Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) analysis. In neuroscience, Maxwell's primary interest is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Relationship between Shared-Biking Programs and the Improved Health of Plants, Animals, and Humans

Patrick Tajanlangit
Patrick Tajanlangit is a rising junior at George Washington University (GWU), pursuing a Bachelor of Science, with a major in public health and minor in psychology. Currently, Patrick is working on projects at an endocrinology and psychology lab. He also serves as an integral part of the student life at GWU, serving as the Milken Institute School of Public Health Senator.

COVID-19 Brings Black Fungus to the Lime Light in India

Dr. Rishendra Verma
Professor Rishendra Verma is an eminent veterinary microbiologist with experiences in mycology and mycobacteria. He has published One Health News Letter(s), and he actively works in the area of One Health in India.

Introduction to Article by the One Health Commission on One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP) at the June 2021 G7 summit, UK

Megan Eppler
Megan Eppler is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at Kansas State University. Her general focus is in infectious disease and zoonoses and she hopes to pursue the field of parasitology. She has a passion for aiding populations with limited medical care where parasites are prevalent. The near-eradication of Dracunculus medinensis by the Carter Center inspired her to care for overlooked medical problems, such as entire villages falling blind from Onchocerca volvulus. Megan graduated with a B.S. in Biology and an English minor from Kansas State University.

Antoinette Lona, MS
Antoinette Lona is an August 2021 graduate of the Kansas State University MS program in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. Antoinette is currently a research associate at the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Disease, and is beginning a PhD in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Spring 2022.

iMOVES Summer 2021 Course: Food Safety, Public Health and Animal Welfare in Terrestrial and Aquatic Animals

Antoinette Lona, MS
(See above)

Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis is the Global Head of Operations at CloverLeaf Animal Welfare Systems. Lauren is also an MPH student in Food Safety and Biosecurity at Kansas State University.

Danielle Preskitt, MA
Danielle Preskitt, MA, is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute's Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University with her research focusing on the interaction between environmental extremists' groups and the US government, as well as the implications for bio and agrodefense.

Paparwee Sungkatavat, MPH
Paparwee Sungkatavat, BVSc, MPH, is a veterinarian based in Thailand, a graduate of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and an August 2021 graduate of the Kansas State University MPH program.

Justin Kastner
Dr. Justin Kastner conducts scholarly activities in several domains: the global food system and international trade policy, economic history and the history of science, the history of public health, globalization and cross-border cooperation, multidisciplinary thinking and writing, and the theory and practice of interdisciplinary scholarship.

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One Health Newsletter

The One Health Newsletter is a collaborative effort by a diverse group of scientists and health professionals committed to promoting One Health. This newsletter was created to lend support to the One Health Initiative and is dedicated to enhancing the integration of animal, human, and environmental health for the benefit of all by demonstrating One Health in practice.

To submit comments or future article suggestions, please contact any of the editorial board members.