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iCOMOS Wednesday, May 2

Continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. will be followed by an opening presentation, "Getting Ahead of the Curve: Using Earth Observations to Predict Health Risks." The remainder of the day will be devoted to these cutting-edge topics in concurrent interactive sessions:

  1. One Medicine One Science Approaches to Health at Two NIH Institutes
  2. Effective Policy when Consumer Preferences Do Not Match Actions
  3. Breaking Silos and Building Bridges Within and Across Geographies
  4. Precision Medicine and Genome Editing: Science and Ethics
  5. Science Communication and Strategic Engagement of Policy Makers

Breakfast, Welcome, and Keynote Presentation

7:30−9:15 a.m., Meridian Ballroom

7:30−8:25 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (in the Meridian Foyer)

8:25−8:30 a.m.


Trevor Ames, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine 

8:30−9:00 a.m.

Keynote: Getting Ahead of the Curve: Using Earth Observations to Predict Health Risks 

Juli Trtanj Climate and Health Lead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

9:00−9:15 a.m.

Rearrangement of rooms for Concurrent Interactive Sessions 

1: One Medicine One Science Approaches to Health at Two NIH Institutes

Coordinators: Hortencia Hornbeak, Peter Jackson, Kimberly Thigpen Tart, Heather Henry, National Institutes of Health (NIAID, and NIEHS – Joint)

Location: Meridian 1

This session will explore One Medicine One Science (OMOS) approaches applied by two NIH institutes to complex human health issues requiring coordinated, multidisciplinary research programs and teams. Senior institute staff and funded investigators of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will lead discussions of Zika as a case study of an emerging disease and pandemic threat, and studies of chronic disease resulting from the interactions of living systems with environmental threats such as chemicals and other contaminants that affect human health. Presentations will feature diverse NIH-supported, OMOS-related research studies, as well as methods and resources for integrating OMOS approaches into aspects of infectious disease and environmental health research including surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and intervention, data collection and analysis, partnership building, and training and capacity building.

Welcome: Jakub Tolar, Interim Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Minnesota 

9:15-9:30 p.m.

Introduction: One Medicine, One Science at Two Institutes of the NIH

Hortencia Hornbeak, NIAID, NIH; Linda Birnbaum, Director, NIEHS, NIH

OMOS at NIAID: Zika Case Study

Moderator: Hortencia Hornbeak, NIAID, NIH

9:30-9:55 a.m.

Zika epi/control/pathology

Zika Epidemiology/Control/Pathology
Esper Kallas, University Medical School of Sao Paolo, Brazil

9:55–10:20 a.m.

Zika and Other Zoonotic Diseases: Lessons Learned in Puerto Rico

José Cordero, University of Georgia, United States

10:20–10:35 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:35−11:00 a.m.

Pan-Viral Analyses of a Novel Antiviral Strategy

Louis Mansky, University of Minnesota, United States                                      

11:10-11:35 a.m.

Vaccine Preparedness for Viral Pandemics

Barney Graham, NIAID, NIH Vaccine Research Center, United States  

11:25 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

OMOS in Environmental Health Research 

Moderator: Heather Henry, NIEHS

1:00–1:25 p.m.

The Use of Sentinel Species in Health Disparities Research 

Frank Von Hippel, Northern Arizona University, United States.

1:25-1:50 p.m.

Chronic Kidney Disease, Pollution, and Sentinel Species in Sri Lanka

Nishad Jayasundara, University of Maine, United States.

1:50-2:15 p.m.

One Health Approach to the Impacts of The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Maureen Lichtveld, Tulane University, United States.

2:15-2:35 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

2:35-2:50 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Programs, resources, and tools for integrating One Medicine, One Science approaches to health

Moderator: Kimberly Thigpen Tart, NIEHS

2:50-3:15 p.m.

One Science, Many Needs: Global Training and Capacity Building at NIEHS

John Balbus, NIEHS, NIH, United States

3:15-3:40 p.m. 

Building Clinical Research Capacity

Gray Handley, NIAID, United States

3:40-4:05 p.m.

Global Perspectives on Access to Bio-Samples and Data Sharing

Yaffa Rubinstein, U.S. National Library of Medicine, United States

4:05−4:15 p.m.

NIAID Mechanisms and Initiatives Supportive of OMOS Research 

Susana Mendez and Amir Zeituni, NIAID, NIH

4:15-4:25 p.m.

NIEHS Programs and Funding Mechanisms Used to Support Research in an OMOS Framework

Heather Henry, NIEHS, NIH

4:25−4:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion, Q&A, and Wrap-Up 

Moderators: Heather Henry, NIEHS, NIH and Hortencia Hornbeak, NIAID, NIH 

4:45−6:00 p.m.

Small Group Meetings with NIH Administrators and Other Federal Staff 

2: Effective Policy when Consumer Preferences Do Not Match Actions

Coordinator: Shaun Kennedy, The Food System Institute and the University of Minnesota; Wantanee Kalpravidh, Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Location: Think 4

The public in general or a significant subset often drive specific food and health policies as governments and the private sector attempt to meet their expressed desires. The challenge for effective policy implementation, however, is that consumers do not always choose health behaviors or foods that are consistent with their priorities. This is especially challenging when consumers make choices based on one priority that appears to conflict with other expressed priorities. While not a new concept in philosophy or what is sometimes called moral mathematics, it is not generally applied when developing and implementing health and food policies. This is easy to understand when it is an economic priority, cost, overriding a personal priority, enhanced food safety, with simple choices such as not purchasing irradiated ground beef for food safety due to the cost of irradiation. It becomes far more complicated to implement effective policy when it is more nuanced such as consumers making health or food choices that are demonstrably less favorable to their own family’s health or the environment than alternatives. This workshop will look at how to consider health or food policies in the face of competitive, unexpressed or conflicting priorities and the extent to which the policies can achieve their objectives. It will draw beyond policy experts to include experts in consumer behavior, individual to group dynamics, game theory and economics from the academic, public and private sectors to consider policy differently.

Anticipated Outcomes from the Session and group discussion include at least two papers:  (1) On the similarities between outwardly very different policy areas (obesity, food safety, food security and autism; (2) Proposed new strategies to address these important policy areas.

Case Studies in Priorities and Choices Conflicts


9:15−9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Overview

9:30−10:00 a.m.

The Efficacy of Avian Influenza Control Policies in Light of Conflicting Stakeholders’ Preferences

Damian Tago Pacheco, Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

10:00−10:30 a.m.

How Consumers Really Make Food Purchasing Decisions, Not How They Say They Do

Darren Seifer, Industry Analyst - Food Consumption, The NPD Group

10:30−10:45 a.m.


10:45−11:15 a.m.

The Politics Surrounding Autism

Dana Baker, Associate Professor, Political Science, California State University, Channel Islands

11:15 a.m.−11:45 p.m.

Markets, Educational Programs and Other Non-regulatory Policy Approaches to Advancing Food Security: Examples from Brazil

Cecilia Rocha, Director and Professor, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University, Canada

11:45 p.m.−12:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:45−1:30 p.m.

Voting Procedures to Choose Leaders and Policies That Produce Consensus (Rather Than Division)

Steven Brams, Department of Politics, New York University

1:30−2:45 p.m.

Small Group Discussion – Exploring the Gaps Between Policy and Behavior

2:45–3:15 p.m.

Reporting Back

3:15−4:15 p.m.

Small Group Discussion – New Strategies for Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Policy

4:15−4:45 p.m.

Reporting Back 

4:45−5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

5:00 p.m.

Session Ends

3: Breaking Silos and Building Bridges Within and Across Geographies for One Medicine, One Science: Workforce development needs and implementation programs

Coordinators: Andres Perez and Katey Pelican  University of Minnesota; Aziz Arda Sancak, Ankara University, Turkey

Location: Meridian 3

Despite an increasingly popular One Health rhetoric, authentic examples of multiple disciplinary efforts to transcend the traditional silos of public, animal, and environmental health are still rare. The ultimate goal of COMOS is to contribute to securing food and protecting health of human, animals, and the environment through a network of equal partners. Prerequisite for accomplishing that goal is the development of the required workforce to identify problems and provide solutions to recurrent and emerging grand challenges regionally and globally. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of needs assessment and implementation programs in the areas of food animal trade and one health. Capacity building programs, including issues related with needs assessment, implementation, and evaluation, for veterinary and public health will be presented. Multisectoral approaches to identify and address emerging needs and issues will be introduced. Regional perspectives on gaps and challenges will be discussed. Finally, a debate focused on particular opportunities identified during the session for workforce development at regional and global scales will be promoted.  

Audience Scientists, intergovernmental organizations, students, industry partners, and stakeholders engaged or interested in workforce development and education on ecosystems health, agribusiness, food production, economics and policy regionally and globally.


1. A “perspective” paper outlining the vision for workforce development in the context of COMOS

2. Proposals for workforce development and capacity building of veterinary services and One Health, promoting regional and global alliances

3. Outline plans for the organization of iCOMOS in the Ibero-American region in 2020


Completion of paper within 3 months of the workshop to be shared with funding agencies and sponsors. Continue to support regional activities for COMOS.

Scientific value

Outline of a plan for development of educational and outreach programs in the context of COMOS

Session 1: Unfolding the OMOS paradigm shift through capacity building programs

Moderator: Andres Perez, University of Minnesota

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Presentation, Introduction, and Expectations 

Andres Perez, University of Minnesota, United States 

9:30−9:45 a.m.

The Agrovet Project 

Brigitte von Rechenberg, Vetsuisse Faculty ZH, University of Zurich, Switzerland

9:45−10:00 a.m.

Implementing Programs for Capacity Building of Veterinary Services at a Global Scale 

Francois Caya, OIE, France

10:00−10:15 a.m.

The ProgRESSVet Capacity Building Program for Latin American Veterinary Services 

Emilio León, CEBASEV, OIE Collaborating Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Mary Katherine O’Brien, CAHFS, OIE Collaborating Center in Minnesota

10:15−10:30 a.m.


10:30−10:45 a.m.

Capacity Building Program for Sustainable Implementation of OIE Standards - A Training for the Improvement of Veterinary Services Perform

Agnes Leblond and Vincent Brioudes, ENSV, OIE Collaborating Center, Lyon, France

10:45−11:00 a.m.

Emerging Needs and Opportunities for Capacity Building in Southern Asia 

Tongkorn Meeyam, Chiang Mai University, Thailand 

11:00−11:15 a.m.

Emerging Needs and Opportunities for Capacity Building in Western Africa 

Yalace Kaboret, Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Medecine Veterinaires, Dakar, Senegal 

11:15−11:30 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Emerging Needs and Opportunities for Capacity Building of Veterinary Services

Caya, Leon, O’Brien, LeBlond, Brioudes, Meeyam and Kaboret 

11:30−11:50 a.m.

Roundtable Presentation and Discussion: Emerging Needs and Opportunities for Capacity Building in Aquaculture

Fernando Mardones, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile and Rolando Ibarra, Salmon Technological Institute (INTESAL), Chile 

11:50 a.m.−12:00 p.m. 

Conclusions and Introduction to Session 2 

Andres Perez, University of Minnesota 

12:00−1:30 p.m. 

Networking Lunch

Session 2: Diagnosing Regional Gaps and Emerging Challenges to Prioritize Multi-Sectoral Opportunities

Moderator: Katey Pelican University of Minnesota, United States

1:30−1:45 p.m. 

Challenges and Opportunities of Building a Global One Health Workforce 

Katey Pelican, University of Minnesota 

1:45−2:00 p.m. 

Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV): Expanding the Global Public Health Workforce Across Human and Animal Health 

Stephanie Salyer, CDC, United States 

2:00–2:15 p.m. 

Emerging Issues in Latin America and Emerging Needs for Workforce Development 

Enrique Perez, PAHO, United States 

2:15−2:30 p.m. 

Opportunities and Needs for Workforce Development in Food Safety With a Focus in Chile and Other Latin American Countries 

Juan Carlos Hormazabal, Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Public Health, Government of Chile 

2:30−2:45 p.m. 

Improving Multisectoral Health Responsibility in Turkey: Opportunities and Challenges for Health

Aziz Arda Sancak, Ankara University, Turkey 

2:45−3:45 p.m. 

Roundtable Discussion: Outcomes and Lessons Learned from 8 Years of One Health Workforce Development in Africa and Southeast Asia

Pham Duc Phuc, Coordinator of the Vietnam One Health University Network (VOHUN), Hanoi, Vietnam 
Yalace Kaboret, Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Medecine Veterinaires, Dakar, Senegal
Irene Naigaga, Regional Program Manager, OHCEA

3:45−5:00 p.m.  

Roundtable Synthesis and Reflections / Final Remarks

4: Precision Medicine and Genome Editing: Science and Ethics

Coordinators: Cliff Steer and Pamala Jacobson, University of Minnesota; Kavita Berger, Gryphon Scientific

Location: Meridian 4

According to the NIH, precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." It refers to the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient and the ability to classify individuals into subpopulations that differ in the biology, susceptibility and response to treatment for a particular disease. In January 2015, the US President launched the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease, empowering health care providers to tailor treatment and prevention strategies to individuals’ unique characteristics.  Gene editing uses engineered nucleases or so-called “molecular scissors” to make changes to specific DNA sequences in the genome of a living organism. They include meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector-based nucleases (TALENs), and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas system. Genome editing is being developed to treat not only genetic diseases but also infectious diseases and those that have both a genetic and an environmental component.  It is now widely used in biomedical research, including creation of disease models with desired genetic mutations, screening in a high-throughput manner for drug resistance genes, and making appropriate editions to genes in vivo for disease treatment.  All of these applications have been facilitating the development of precision medicine research. 

9:15–9:30 a.m.


Clifford Steer, University of Minnesota

Rewriting the Genome

Speakers will discuss the state-of-the-science for precision medicine and genome editing, highlighting the key advances and limitations of each. Speakers will discuss new applications enabled by precision medicine and/or genome editing.

Moderator: Clifford Steer, University of Minnesota

9:30−10:00 a.m.

Gene Editing Enters the Food Supply

Dan Voytas, University of Minnesota, United States

10:00−10:25 a.m.

Precision Swine Models of Human Disease by Gene Editing

Dan Carlson, Recombinetics, Inc., United States

10:25−10:45 a.m.

Targeted Nucleases for Finding Cancer Drivers and Vulnerabilities

David Largaespada, University of Minnesota, United States

10:45−11:00 a.m.


11:00–11:10 a.m.

Precision public health? The evolving paradigm in health and medicine

Speakers will discuss the implications of precision medicine on public health, describing specific examples where precision medicine limit or enhance public health. Speakers will highlight specific challenges and describe approaches for addressing those challenges.  

Moderator: Pamala Jacobson, University of Minnesota

11:10–11:35 a.m.

Personalized Medicine Versus Public Health: Contradictory or Complementary?

Nancy Cox, Vanderbilt University, United States

11:35 a.m.−12:00 p.m.

Integrating Pharmacogenomic Information Into Practice

Richard Weinshilboum, Mayo Clinic, United States

12:00–12:30 p.m.

Million Veterans Program: Improving Care Through Large Scale Genomics 

Ronald Przygodzki, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United States 

12:30–1:30 p.m. 

Networking Lunch

1:30–1:40 p.m. 

Societal Considerations of Ethics, Safety, and Security Speakers will discuss the ethical, safety, and security concerns associated with precision medicine and/or genome editing.

Moderator: Kavita Berger, Gryphon Scientific

1:40–2:05 p.m. 

Can We Ethically Modify our Genomes?  

Debra Mathews, Johns Hopkins University, United States

2:05–2:30 p.m.

Safeguarding the Bioeconomy

Edward You, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States

2:30–3:00 p.m. 

Ensuring the Safety of Human Genome Editing at Home and Abroad

Gary Marchant, Arizona State University, United States

3:00–3:20 p.m.


3:20–4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Pros and cons: applications of Precision Medicine and Genome Editing

The moderator will prompt discussants to consider and describe the pros and cons of precision medicine, genome editing, and the integration of both fields towards human health.

Moderator: Stephanie Huang, University of Minnesota

Panelists will be selected from speaker pool

4:30 p.m.


5: Science Communication and Strategic Engagement of Policy Makers

Coordinators: Emily Cloyd, American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Location: Meridian 2

Join your colleagues for an American Association for the Advancement of Science Communicating Science workshop specifically designed to help you plan and participate in a wide variety of public engagement activities. During this workshop, you will develop your public engagement and science communication skills through discussion, self-reflection, small-group work and practice sessions. The workshop focuses on the importance of effective, two-way communication and is designed to enable you to engage in meaningful, reciprocal dialogue with diverse audiences. When the session is complete, you will be able to clearly identify a public engagement goal, define a relevant audience, and craft and rehearse messages tailored to that audience.

9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  

Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals

Emily Cloyd, American Association for the Advancement of Science, United States

The flagship Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals module focuses on the core components of successful public engagement. Participants are introduced to the AAAS public engagement framework, a guide they can apply to all kinds of interactions. Participants learn how to identify a public engagement goal, determine the relevant audience, craft tailored messages to achieve their goal and rehearse their engagement scenario.

12:15−1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15-4:15 p.m. 

Engaging Policymakers

Emily Cloyd, American Association for the Advancement of Science, United States

The Engaging Policymakers module provides an overview of the science policy landscape and the role of science and scientists in the policy process. This workshop introduces basic best practices for engaging in dialogue with this target audience at a local, state or national level. Participants identify individual communication goals and develop short messages that will resonate with policy audiences.