Attacking cancer with One Health approach is topic of Nov. 1 event
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
OLATHE — Kansas State University Olathe, the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and life science partners in Greater Kansas City are inviting the community to celebrate One Health and learn how the comprehensive approach is accelerating research and breakthroughs in human, animal and environmental health.
Kansas City One Health Day is from 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at K-State Olathe. The free event spotlights One Health — a collaborative research approach to the complex interrelationships between human, animal and environmental health.
Kansas City One Health Day stems from a partnership with K-State Olathe, the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and BioKansas. The four groups are working to promote and advance bioscience research and discovery in Greater Kansas City, which is home to more than 240 life science companies with approximately 30,000 employees. The region's scientists, companies and institutions regularly collaborate on life science research, helping further position Greater Kansas City as a national leader in One Health.
"Greater Kansas City is in a unique position of becoming a world leader in One Health," said Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO of K-State Olathe. "The region is generating pivotal research, education and products around animal, human and environmental health. K-State Olathe is proud to help showcase these efforts and how a One Health focus will improve quality of life in the Greater Kansas City community and beyond."
The event begins with networking and spotlights of prominent high school, undergraduate and graduate students who are conducting One Health-related research. Students have the opportunity to discuss their research during a poster session and receive an award.
Wayne Carter, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, will provide attendees with an overview of One Health.
The evening also features a discussion panel comprised of professionals working in the human, animal and environmental health sectors. Panelists will look at how to attack cancer using a One Health approach. They will discuss the impact of One Health on humans, animals and the environment; the barriers and opportunities for solutions through a One Health approach; collaboration and examples of current work; and more.
Dennis Ridenour, BioKansas, is the panel moderator. Panelists are Tom Curran, Children's Research Institute at Children's Mercy, human health professional; Raelene Wouda, Kansas State University, animal health professional; Barbara Bichelmeyer, University of Missouri-Kansas City, environmental health professional; Kelly Ranallo, RareKC, speaking on behalf of cancer survivors benefitting from One Health approach; and Laura Treml, Aratana, company developing solutions using One Health approach.
Register and get more information at olathe.k-state.edu/onehealthday.