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NEW PUB: Sylvatic Transmission of Chikungunya Virus among Nonhuman Primates in Myanmar

New publication led by OHI's Dr. Tierra Smiley Evans highlights the importance of conducting surveillance of peri-urban primates in regions of high arbovirus transmission

Myanmar is among the least studied but most heavily forested region in Asia, and CHIKV, ZIKV, DENV and JEV are highly endemic in humans. Scientists investigated whether Myanmar peri-urban primates, living near the largest urban city of Yangon, are exposed to arboviruses of public health concern and could be sources of spillover or recipients of spillback of human pathogenic arboviral diseases.

Brooke Genovese Receives ARCS Award

OHI graduate student selected for prestigious STEM award for infectious disease research

Brooke Genovese, a PhD candidate co-mentored by Drs. Brian Bird and Jonna Mazet, is one of 83 individuals in STEM disciplines selected by the Northern California Chapter of ARCS Foundation to receive an ARCS Scholar Award for the 2022-2023 academic year. This award recognizes excellence in research and exceptional promise to make a significant contribution to the advancement of science, and to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.

New AI collaboration aims to rank viral families with greatest pandemic threat

CEPI teams up with UC Davis to expand “SpillOver” database to identify virus families most likely to emerge as the next Disease X with pandemic potential

CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and University of California, Davis announced a new partnership agreement to advance and expand the application of “SpillOver”, a viral ranking app that directly compares the risks posed by hundreds of animal and human viruses.

Rx One Health Field Institute 2023: Applications Now Open!

Rx One Health 2023: June 18 - July 1

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for Rx One Health 2023. The course will take place in California from June 18 - July 1, 2023 with biodiverse and magnificent landscapes providing a backdrop for immersive One Health learning!

Epi-Intelligence in Uganda

Studying emerging infectious diseases at the interface of humans, animals and the environment takes collaboration, local experts and perseverance


New One Health Fellowship currently accepting applications

Pathways to One Health Fellowship

The EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics team is excited to launch an undergraduate fellowship program starting in the Winter of 2023 to help provide more inclusive and accessible opportunities at UC Davis.

The One Health Fellowships pilot program will offer students an opportunity to gain research experience and receive mentorship in support of their career development within the veterinary and health sciences. Two UC Davis undergraduate students from underrepresented groups will receive fellowships during the 2022-2023 academic year.

CapRadio Insight: UC Davis Virus Spillover Tool

A tool to determine priority viruses for spillover risk

For millennia, animals, both wild and domestic, have provided humans with a seemingly endless number of benefits, from food to livelihood, education, transportation, and even emotional support. But this relationship also opens us up to zoonotic diseases, which can spill over from animals to humans. According to the CDC, 75% of new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. The most notable example is COVID-19.

NEW PUB: Predicting the potential for zoonotic transmission and host associations for novel viruses

Tool Helps Quantify Zoonotic Risk, Focus Priorities for Viral and Wildlife Surveillance

In the past decade, scientists have described hundreds of novel viruses with the potential to pass between wildlife and humans. But how can they know which are riskiest for spillover and therefore which to prioritize for further surveillance in people?

Scientists from the University of California, Davis created network-based models to prioritize novel and known viruses for their risk of zoonotic transmission, which is when infectious diseases pass between animals and humans.

NEW PUB: Virus Discovery in Pygmy Mice

The genome sequences of five strains of a mammarenavirus were assembled from metagenomic data from pygmy mice (Mus minutoides) captured in Sierra Leone. The nearest fully sequenced relatives of this virus, which was named Seli virus, are lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Lunk virus, and Ryukyu virus.

Published in American Society of Microbiology Journals

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