About One Health
A unifying concept that underlies biotechnology research and product development is an appreciation of the oneness of living organisms at a molecular level. That same understanding of biological connectedness drives One Health.
The One Health approach is rooted in knowledge that the health of humans, animals and the environment are inextricably linked. Activities conducted under the banner of One Health seek to promote and protect the health and well-being of all species.
The concept of One Health is not new, but new life was breathed into this approach early in the 21st century by the fear of emerging zoonotic diseases with the potential for extensive mortality to humans and animals, including food animals. At the same time, biotechnology breakthroughs, such as whole genome sequencing and genetic engineering, provided unprecedented ability to address One Health challenges.
Biotechnology is a set of precise, yet flexible, tools for tackling the web of interconnected problems at the heart of One Health. The tools of biotechnology can advance One Health by contributing insights into the causes of health problems and tactics for addressing them.
With respect to animals, biotechnology applied to animals can mitigate risks to One Health by providing:
Research tools that allow scientists to understand the biological underpinnings of health, disease and the linkages among organisms
Methods to pinpoint the sources and causes of infectious diseases quickly and with unprecedented precision
New therapeutics and vaccines for solving problems that threaten human and animal health
Agricultural production tools that lessen environmental degradation and allow us to respond to environmental disruptions caused by climate change
However impediments unrelated to science and technology are preventing the realization of biotechnology’s potential. These economic, legal, political and perception issues must be addressed if society is to manage and reduce One Health risks.
The Animal Biotech Summit will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to begin the conversations that are required for removing these impediments to biotechnology development and attainment of One Health.
About Animal Biotech Summit
The concept of One Health recognizes the interdependence of human, animal and environmental health. The Animal Biotech Summit will provide an opportunity to learn about how and why the One Health approach is required for addressing some of the greatest threats to human health. It is difficult to imagine how we will meet current and future challenges in the absence of this interdisciplinary point of view and approach to problem-solving. The Animal Biotech Summit will provide broad overviews of some of the animal health, biomedical research, biotherapeutics, food safety and security, and environmental applications of biotechnology. The sessions will feature presentations on the relationship of the One Health approach to:
- Sustainability in animal production
- Farm animal health and welfare
- Food safety, quality and security
- Vector-borne diseases
- Emerging infectious diseases
- Animal models of human diseases
- Environmental disruptions and health
- Regulatory issues
- Trade impacts
- Public acceptance
- Incentives for new product development
- Industry, academic and government scientists in biomedical, veterinary, wildlife and agricultural fields
- Pharmaceutical and agricultural executives in R&D, regulatory, and international affairs
- Government officials, regulators and policymakers
- Investors in innovative pharmaceutical and agricultural technologies
- Advocacy groups representing the interests of human health and animal agriculture
Between 2010 and 2014, BIO hosted three Livestock Biotech Summits that focused on the use of genetically engineered animals in agriculture and medicine. This year we are broadening the scope of the conference to encompass the application of many biotechnologies, including genetic engineering, to animals in order to understand, identify and solve problems where animal, human and environmental health issues intersect.
To manage and reduce One Health risks with biotechnology we need:
- A holistic view of human, animal and ecosystem interfaces
- Interdisciplinary collaborations and new partnerships
- An appreciation of the complex interactions among humans, animals and the environments they live in
- Access to every available tool for identifying and solving problems
- Sustained support from federal agencies, research institutions, policymakers and the public
The Animal Biotech Summit will provide an opportunity to initiate much-needed conversations, create new networks and break down barriers that obstruct successful implementation of One Health.
Registration includes access to: All three days of the breakout and plenary program, breakfast and lunch all three days, breaks and the Welcome reception. Please note that all summit meals, breaks and receptions are on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are able to offer discounted registration rates for BIO members, employees from government agencies (federal, state, local and international) and attendees/students from accredited academic institutions.
Invited speakers will receive separate instructions on how to complete their registration.
Please complete all of the information below and a BIO Customer Service team member will finalize your registration for the 2016 Animal Biotech Summit. You will receive an invoice within 4 business days and you will have Net 15 days after receiving the secure invoice link and .PDF invoice document to complete payment.
The rgistration deadline is August 11, 2016.
The registration fee varies from $340 to $700.
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