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National Association for Biomedical Research Webinar - One Health and Animal Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Currently, One Health is the most influential organizing concept in the medical sciences. From the American Veterinary Medical Association, to the American Medical Association, to the World Health Organization, One Health is proclaimed and virtually universally accepted as both the primary goal and the underlying methodological approach of medical and veterinary research, education, and practice.

This webinar will describe the crucial role laboratory animal research played in the development of the concept of One Medicine, the historical precursor of One Health. The discussion will review differing approaches to One Health and will discuss how biomedical animal research can be an important component of some of these approaches.

The webinar will also highlight current approaches to One Health that provide challenges to laboratory animal research. These include the increasing use of privately owned animals, mainly pet cats and dogs, in clinical studies and trials. Of greater concern are approaches to One Health that diminish the importance of humans and animal research that benefits human health; would require diversion of critical resources away from animal research; incorporate concepts of “health” (such as environmental health, ecosystem health, or planetary health) that are unhelpful and may be incoherent; and include societal or geopolitical considerations that have no clear connection to science-driven biomedical research.

The webinar will examine how the biomedical research community can recognize, and counter, approaches to One Health that are inimical to or threaten animal research. The discussion will suggest ways the community can support and engage in approaches to One Health that appropriately benefit people, animals, and the environment.

National Association for Biomedical Research Webinar - One Health and Animal Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

ONLINE-ONLY

Apr. 16 | 12:30 p.m.