iCOMOS is an international conference hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Academic Health Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research in partnership with allied national and international agencies. It serves as a global forum for communication of current, groundbreaking science that addresses pressing issues at the interface of animals, humans and the environment. Facilitating increased international collaboration aimed at addressing the threat of emerging zoonotic diseases, food- and water-borne pathogens, food systems, and challenges in environmental health; iCOMOS drives engagement between health policymakers and pertinent scientific experts on issues of high importance to animal, human and environmental health.
Role of Science and Discovery in the Pursuit of One Health Panelists (pictured left to right):
Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre, JHMRI, Dr. David Morens, NIAID, NIH, Dr. Lertrak Srikitjakarn Chiang Mai University, Dr. William Bazeyo, Makerere University, Dr. Samuel Thevasagayam, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and moderator, Maggie Koerth-Baker,Columnist, The New York Times Magazine.
The inaugural iCOMOS was held on the Twin Cities Campus of the University of Minnesota (April 27-30, 2014) and was an overwhelming success. The conference attracted over 300 participants from across the United States and 13 countries leading to great intellectual and social interactions as well as thoughtful scientific discussions. There were many topics covered during the main symposium and workshops led by a distinguished panel of presenters representing academia, government organizations, foundations, funding agencies and corporations who did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise and providing insight for addressing and potentially solving several of our global challenges. The conference has resulted in several new networks and collaborations, plans for follow up meetings, and many ideas for the next iCOMOS.
We look forward to iCOMOS-2016 tentatively scheduled for April of 2016, where the focus will be on Comparative Medicine. With the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received to date we have commenced planning for 2016. Additional details regarding iCOMOS 2016 will be announced.
Critical issues were examined in the context of:
- Medical progress and solutions to complex infectious diseases.
- Pathogen emergence and evolution at the animal-human-environment interface.
- Balancing food safety, animal welfare and antibiotic resistance.
Conference Themes included:
- Role of Science in Solving Emerging Health Threats at the Interface
- Science of Disease Recognition at the Human-Animal-Environment Interface
- Evolving Solutions to Changing Infectious Disease Horizon
- Alignment of Safe Food, Sustainable Production, and Consumer Attitudes
- Grand Challenges of Food Production
- Grand Challenges in Food Safety