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Tanzania's One Health Champion: Rudovick Kazwala

Honoring Professor Rudovick Kazwala

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our dear mentor and colleague Professor Rudovick Kazwala passed away on April 3, 2023.

How UC research is ensuring a future for 10 iconic animals

When the Endangered Species Act was passed 50 years ago, some of the world's most iconic animals were on the brink of extinction. We are proud to be highlighted with our fellow University of California colleagues around the state and across the globe for our collective efforts to save endangered species.

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NEW STUDY: Projecting the Impact of an Ebola Virus Outbreak on Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Study Predicts Poor Survival Rates if Ebola Infects Endangered Mountain Gorillas

In partnership with several collaborators including Smithonian Institution we published a computer simulation of what could happen if mountain gorillas got Ebola virus. There was an outbreak in humans in 2018 in DR Congo not far from Virunga National Park, so we know the virus is present in the region and gorillas are susceptible to the disease. Fortunately, this was just a theoretical exercise and the mountain gorillas remain Ebola-free.

A True One Health Champion: Matt Blake

Matthew Patrick Blake (June 24, 1974 - February 20, 2023)

With heavy hearts and endless rain in California that mirrors our tears, we say goodbye to our dear friend, leader, and One Health mentor Matthew Patrick Blake. Matt, for those that worked with him, that connected with him, and who quickly became friends (all of us), was an inspiration and a role model. He was a founder of the UC Davis One Health Institute, my close friend and constant critic, my mentor, my challenger, and he played similar roles with all of our UC Davis staff, faculty, students, and international collaborators.

OHI Around the World: One Health in Chile

Is Chile California’s home away from home? I visited Santiago, Chile again in Feb 2023, and once again felt strong synergies across the people and the places that have so much in common…it struck me that we share similar climates, similar crops, similar coasts, similar mountains, similar music, similar passions, to those we find in California… just in opposite hemispheres of our world.

OHI Team Receives Funding for Digital Technology Development

OHI Research Faculty Dr. Pranav Pandit is leading a team as Principal Investigator - in collaboration with OHI colleagues Drs. Brian Bird, Christine Kreuder Johnson, and Marcela Uhart - to develop climate-sensitive models for individual arenaviruses in close collaboration with regional public health experts in Africa and South America.

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.