June, 2017
The 2017 Ohio State Eastern Africa One Health Summer Institute 
The Summer Institute began June 19 and will run through September.  
 
With eight training modules, seven workshops and seven different active projects, this year's summer institute is packed with opportunities for Ohio State and African partners. The sixth annual One Health Summer Institute (OHSI) builds One Health capacity among East African and Ohio State professionals and students. OHSI is supported by Ohio State faculty in relevant disciplines and financially sponsored by Ethiopian institutes and U.S. Federal institutes. 
  
This year's institute offers diverse One Health opportunities, including trainings on One Health communication strategies, international trade and risk analysis, molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and environmental and occupational health.

 
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GOHi East Africa Regional Director and Program Manager Visit Ohio State 
Getnet Yimer, MD, PhD, and Tigist Endashaw visited Ohio State from June 5 - 15. Their visit to Ohio State and the United States included meetings with GOHi partners in the James Comprehensive Cancer Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Nursing, Wexner Medical Center, Infectious Diseases Institute, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Office of International Affairs and a trip to Atlanta for the Center for Disease Control and Global Health Security meeting. Discussions included One Health capacity building in East Africa and other geographic locations, GOHi strategic planning, creating new partnerships in antimicrobial resistance and more.
 
Dr. Yimer and Endashaw also joined Global Water Institute (GWI) guest, Ibrahim Kabole, MD, to lead a brown bag discussion on tackling infectious diseases in East Africa in a workshop organized by GWI, the Center for African Studies and GOHi. To end their visit, the One Health Summer Institute kick-off was held at Lailibela Restaurant in Columbus, on June 14 with past and future Ohio State Summer Institute participants.

CDC Division of Global Health Protection Annual Meeting

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), launched in February 2014, is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Global Health Protection. The GHSA partnership includes 17 countries all working to measurably address global vulnerability to public health threats, strengthen systems and ensure that a trained workforce has the tools needed to prevent, detect and respond rapidly and effectively to infectious disease threats. Ohio State GOHi serves as implementing partner in Ethiopia with a cooperative agreement signed between CDC and Ohio State.
 
The annual meeting between CDC and its GHSA partners, including GOHi, took place at the Georgia World Congress Center from June 8 - 9. The GOHi team was represented by Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM, PhD, Getnet Yimer, MD, PhD, Tigist Endashaw, MSc, Jeanette O'Quin, DVM, and Ashley Bersani, MPH. This gathering, through plenary and breakout sessions, provided a unique opportunity to come together, see issues through a different lens and find new ways to approach global health.
 
The GOHi team is addressing antimicrobial resistance, brucellosis and rabies as well as capacity building and systems strengthening in the public health context. GOHi team members met with CDC and Ethiopian technical and project management partners during the annual meeting and also reconnected with country officers to confirm, renew and align their mutual commitment to achieving the GHSA goals.
GOHi Regional Director Honored 
Getnet Yimer, MD, PhD, has been asked to be a Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) Ambassador for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Ethiopia. TDR Ambassadors help increase the understanding of the impact of TDR affiliations on the careers of scientists supported by TDR; identify the expertise of the scientists supported in order to make it available to the world community and engage individuals and institutions in building research capacity for diseases of poverty. 

This honor will help strengthen TDR in Ethiopia and within GOHi, as well as increase opportunities for partnership and mentoring.
GOHi Team Forge New Partnerships in China and Organize China One Health Workshop
GOHi members met with China Global One-Health partners from May 31 - June 6 to establish new partnerships in One Health. The GOHi team included Shu-Hua Wang, MD, Jordi Torrelles, PhD, and Kurt Stevenson, MD, from the College of Medicine and Jiyoung Lee, PhD, from the College of Public Health. These meetings and workshops were primarily sponsored by Ohio State China Gateway with additional support form Chinese and industry sponsorships.

The workshop agenda and discussions beforehand included a multi-disciplinary interactive needs-assessment to identify key priority issues for China, the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic discovery, improving bovine Tuberculosis diagnosis, Tuberculosis transmission in China and impacts of climate change on infectious disease.

Networking sessions allowed the GOHi team to discuss partnerships with researchers and to plan possible One Health research collaborations. Members of the team also participated in workshops in Hong Kong and Jinan, China. 
Fourth International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI)
Registration is now open for ICOPHAI 2017 at The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar, November 7 - 9, 2017 under the theme: "Environmental Challenges and Impact on Global Health."

This fourth ICOPHAI anticipates 400-500 participants from all continents particularly the developing region. Ohio State, Qatar University and HAMAD Medical Corporation are the leading (platinum) sponsors while key partners from Canada, Latin America, Asia and Africa serve in the organizing body.
 
ICOPHAI has extended its submission deadline for oral and posters presentations to July 31

All submissions and registration should be made online via  www.conference-service.com/ICOPHAI17/

If already subscribed, we encourage you to submit an abstract and to Pay Registration Fees by credit card, please visit:  www.cvent.com/c/express/db1b54d3-e41b-4ac5-b4db-e323fd3e0cd1By wire transfer: wire transfer/electronic transfer details and instructions.
Ohio State GOHi partners in the Research Methodology Center Kick Off The 2017 Interdisciplinary Methods Festival
The festival will take place July 17 - 21 at the Research Commons, third floor (18th Avenue Library) and will feature hands-on instruction on new methods of research, discussion of emerging issues that cross colleges and disciplines and a graduate student interactive poster session, which highlights the work of Ohio State's most promising new scholars! 

This session will include three interdisciplinary sessions on Team and collaborative science to support teams to work effectively to answer difficult questions while underscoring the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to both content and methods.
WHIP 3TB Enrollment Begins
A phase IIIB clinical trial titled "A Randomized, Pragmatic, Open-Label Trial to Evaluate The Effect Of Three Months of High Dose Rifapentine Plus Isoniazid Administered as a Single Round or Given Annually In HIV-Positive Individuals" ( WHIP3TB study) funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Challenge TB and sponsored by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has been launched in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
 
Ohio State GOHi in collaboration with the University of Gondar are responsible for carrying out the study in Ethiopia. This is a multi-country study involving Ethiopia, South Africa and Mozambique. The study upon completion will inform policy and global guidelines on the prevention of Tuberculosis among HIV positive individuals. The study started to enroll participants on June 19, after rigorous capacity building, training and obtaining the required approvals.
Update on Vaccination Campaign 
The CDC Global Health Security  rabies mass vaccination project began May 2017 in Ethiopia. This work, based on a large collaborative effort among  Ohio State faculty, Global One Health Initiative (GOHi), CDC, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Ministry of Livestock and Fishery Resources, Global Alliance for Rabies Control and other valuable in-country partners, brings to fruition a global effort to prevent and control rabies in Ethiopia.

The project continues full force, and the Brucellosis surveillance epidemiology and specimen collection has been completed for Amhara region. A data analysis workshop is planned for August 2017 with key stakeholders.
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