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UZH the First European University to Establish One Health Institute

Researchers from veterinary medicine, human medicine and the natural sciences have joined forces to establish Europe’s first university-based One Health Institute at UZH. Together, they want to explore the links between human, animal and environmental health.

Tiere wie die von Asien in die Schweiz eingewanderte Tigermücke (im Bild) können Krankheitserreger übertragen. Der One-Health-Ansatz nimmt die komplexen Wechselbeziehungen zwischen Mensch, Tier und Umwelt in den Blick. (Quelle: GordZam/iStock)

Animals such as the tiger mosquito (pictured, image: GordZam/iStock), which migrated to Switzerland from Asia, can transmit pathogens. The One Health approach focuses on the complex interactions between humans, animals and the environment.

The term One Health refers to a research approach that integrates a range of disciplinary viewpoints to understand the links between human, animal and environmental health. At the UZH Vetsuisse Faculty, One Health has been a research focus since 2018. In 2019, it was identified as one of the university’s strategic principles.

"As the largest comprehensive university in Switzerland with outstanding faculties of medicine, veterinary medicine and science, UZH is virtually predestined for successful interdisciplinary collaboration as envisioned in the One Health concept,” says Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research at UZH.

Read the full article on the launch of the new One Health Institute here

David Werner