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$85M to Develop a One Health Workforce for the Next Generation

October 09, 2019
USAID Award Supports New Project Led by UC Davis One Health Institute

The U.S. Agency for International Development will award up to $85 million over the next five years to the University of California, Davis’ One Health Institute and consortium partners to implement the One Health Workforce—Next Generation project.

Scientists Identify Bombali Ebolavirus in Bats in Guinea

September 09, 2019
Team Members Are Engaging With Local Communities

The sixth ebolavirus, Bombali virus, has been detected in insect-eating bats in Guinea. In addition to findings reported by researchers earlier this month, scientists from the University of California, Davis, detected the virus in Angolan free-tailed bats roosting inside people’s houses in Guéckedou and Kissidougou.

What’s Killing Sea Otters? Scientists Pinpoint Parasite Strain

August 22, 2019
Genetic Link Found Between Deadly Pathogen and Wild and Feral Cats on Land

Many wild southern sea otters in California are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, yet the infection is fatal for only a fraction of sea otters, which has long puzzled the scientific community. A study from the University of California, Davis, identifies the parasite’s specific strains that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.

Hotter Temps Bring More Bugs: 5 Ways to Protect Yourself

July 17, 2019

Whether it’s relaxing lakeside, exploring vast forests or hiking through the mountains, the warm weather draws major crowds to some of our favorite outdoor locations. But we’re not the only ones flocking to these locations this summer.

As climate change warms the landscape, it opens a door for some disease-carrying bugs, like ticks and mosquitoes (arthropods, collectively), to march into unchartered territories. Just a few degrees can mean the difference between the presence or absence of some insects in your neighborhood, and can increase how often they reproduce.

Jonna Mazet: What if we could immunize the world against Pandemics? (TEDMED Hive Talk)

July 11, 2019
Jonna Mazet: TEDMED Hive Talk

TEDMED is a health-focused iteration of the renowned TED conference, celebrating the ideas behind progress in health and medicine through a program called The Hive. Diversity and multi-disciplinary collaboration are at the core of TEDMED's mission to "catalyze a healthier world."

Just last year, OHI Executive Director Jonna Mazet was nominated as a 2018 TEDMED Hive Innovator for her work as anchor author of the Global Virome Project. Her talk was entitled "What if we could immunize the world against pandemics?" 

Visit the California Raptor Center Open House, May 4

April 30, 2019
Members of the community are invited to visit the California Raptor Center Spring Open House for a free, fun educational experience. Educational raptors will be on “the fist" -- ask our handlers a question! Lectures on raptor rehabilitation, identification, conservation and adaptations are offered during the day. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of our permanent resident birds and visit the Museum for a hands-on experience. There is no charge for this event and parking is free.

UCGHI Board of Directors Welcomes New Co-Vice Chairs

April 02, 2019

In April 2019, the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) welcomes co-vice chairs, Jonna Mazet and Lara Stemple to its Board of Directors.

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD (UC Davis) and Lara Stemple, JD (UCLA) will serve alongside Anil Deolalikar (UC Riverside), chair of the Board. “We are lucky to welcome co-vice chairs from such different disciplinary and work backgrounds. They will both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to UCGHI,” said Deolalikar.

Local Extinction of Southern California Mountain Lions Possible Within 50 Years

March 18, 2019

Two isolated mountain lion populations in Southern California’s Santa Ana and Santa Monica Mountains are at risk of local extinction, perhaps as soon as within 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Ecological Applications.

The study showed the extinction risk is due to low genetic diversity and mortality that affects the stability of the population. Mountain lion mortality is often caused by humans, but can also result from changes in the environment, such as wildfire and fluctuations in prey density.

$9M to Preempt Zoonotic Spillover Threats, Protect Military and Local Communities

February 19, 2019

Predicting the emergence of highly pathogenic viruses in animals and preventing them from spilling over to humans is the goal of a multi-million-dollar cooperative agreement from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with collaborating researchers at the University of California, Davis; the University of Idaho; and Plymouth University in England.

Falling Stars

January 30, 2019

The combination of ocean warming and an infectious wasting disease has devastated populations of large sunflower sea stars once abundant along the West Coast of North America in just a few years, according to a study co-led by the University of California, Davis, and Cornell University published Jan. 30 in the journal Science Advances.

SeaDoc Society Debuts New Video Series

January 17, 2019

The SeaDoc Society invites viewers to explore the magnificent wildlife of the Pacific Northwest in a new adventure series called Salish Sea Wild, debuting Jan. 10. Salish Sea Wild is hosted by SeaDoc Science Director Joe Gaydos and will feature a new species or topic each month, starting with Steller sea lions in January.

Where Will the World’s Next Zika, West Nile or Dengue Virus Come From?

January 04, 2019

After collecting data and comparing it with every known mammal and bird species on Earth, scientists from the University of California, Davis, have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. Flaviviruses are known to cause major epidemics and widespread illness and death throughout the world.