Fri, 20 Sep 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland - The First Annual Scientific Meeting of the One Health European Joint Programme (EJP) got under way on Wednesday.

The 3-day event will run through to Friday.

280 national and international delegates are taking part in the conference which is being staged at the Teagasc Conference Centre, Ashtown, Dublin.

The international talkfest is  discussing issues related to foodborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in a One Health context.

"The hosting of this prestigious meeting arises out of the participation of my department, Teagasc and NUI Galway in the European Joint Programme on One Health, Zoonoses & Emerging Threats, which is coordinated by the French Agency ANSES and funded under the EU research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020)," the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed said at the opening on Wednesday. "The One Health project commenced on the 1 January 2018 and represents a significant coordinated investment by participating EU Countries and the EU Commission to combat foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging risks."

The One Health European Joint Programme is helping to strengthen cooperation between its 40 partners (including the Med-Vet-Net Association) from nineteen EU Member States. It is aimed at improving and enhancing  approaches to detect, monitor and prevent zoonotic micro-organisms and anti-microbial resistance in animals, the environment, the food chain and humans. These research centres, most of which have national reference laboratory mandates on foodborne zoonoses, will form an organised network  whose aim is to promote scientific progress in the areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging risks. The programme has been built upon the principle of co-funding from the participating institutes and the European Union ("Horizon 2020", the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation). As the largest European Joint Programme investment, it will cost €90 million, with 50% of its funding  coming from the European Commission and 50% from the participating Member States.

"The conference organising team is delighted to be hosting this One Health European Joint Programme (EJP) Event in Dublin and to welcome Irish and international colleagues to address key issues related to food borne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in a One Health forum," Dr Geraldine Duffy, Head of Food Safety at Teagasc and Dr Dearbháile Morris, NUI Galway, Co-Chairs of the organising committee said Wednesday.

The One Health European Joint Programme (EJP) is a European Commission co-funded scientific collaborativeresearch programme to help prevent and control food-borne and environmental contaminants that affect human health, and is co-funded under the EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020. 

The international "One Health" concept recognises that human health is highly dependent on animal health and the environment, and that the foodborne contaminants in particular that affect human health, animal health and the environment are closely intertwined. The European Joint Programme (EJP) on "One Health" has brought together a research community across Europe of medical, veterinary and environmental health scientists to work together in interdisciplinary teams with an international approach to address the threats of food-borne disease, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats to human health from animals or the environment.

There are 38 institutes from 19 Member and Associated States European partnering in the One Health EJP. 

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