ISOHA’s First Continent Representatives Selected

As we expand ISOHA’s reach, we are proud to announce our first group of ISOHA Continent Representatives. We received hundreds of applications from across the world. Two representatives were chosen from each continents to represent their region’s One Health activities and student groups.

Welcome to the ISOHA Team, we can’t wait to see where you take this organization and hope you draw from your diverse and impressive experiences!

CONTINENT REPS 2019-2020

AFRICA

Yusuf Modu Bole – Nigeria

My name is Yusuf Modu Bole. I reflect varied personalities, ambition, and qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. I’m well determine and vigorous individual yet pleasantly calm. I attended Shehu Sanda kura primary school 1997-2003 proceed to Teachers college Dikwa where I obtained my Junior secondary school certificate 2003-2006 and transferred to Government secondary school Monguno Obtained my Senior secondary school certificate 2006-2009. I was admitted to Mohammet Lawan College of Agriculture Maiduguri where I obtained my National Diploma and Higher national Diploma in Animal Health and Production and Animal Health respectively 2009-2014. I’m currently in DVM 6 (clinical) final year Veterinary medical student studying at University of Maiduguri Borno state; Nigeria. I’m academically sound and among top three in my class. I also play an active role (leadership) position at National and International associations and look upon my younger peers. Notably among include, Borno State veterinary medical student association (BOVEMSA), Association of Veterinary medical student (AVMS), International Veterinary Medical Student Association (IVSA), Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA).Currently I’m the Animal welfare Ambassador IVSA-BOVEMSA and to my biggest achievement today. I’m one of the two International Student One Health Alliance (ISOHA) Representative For Africa and I believed this is the beginning of my future career.

Elicana Nduhuura – Uganda

Elicana Nduhuura is an egalitarian, Ugandan undergraduate medical student pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He has special training in Infectious diseases management from One Health Institute, Prevention and Early diagnosis of Non Communicable Diseases and is a certified leader in Project management from Danish Youth council. Elicana is an experienced student leader with Nature Uganda Western branch, One health student innovation club and is the acting President for Patriotism forum at Mbarara University. He is also a volunteer student coordinator at Uganda Bioinformatics centre whose Focus is food safety and security. He is the Co-director for All Health Agency working to transform communities with focus on social determinants of health and preventive medicine. He has special interest in networking, research on Infectious diseases, Zoonoses and Antimicrobial resistance. He is passionate about building resilience in resource limited, vulnerable and marginalized communities and areas where traditional gender roles limit individuals ability to make decisions.

ASIA

Krishna Adhikari – Nepal

Namaste, I am Krishna Adhikari from Nepal. I am a B.V.Sc. & A.H. Intern from Agriculture and Forestry University. I am grateful and would like to thank all those students working in the field of One Health for believing in me and ISOHA ExCo for providing me a leadership role to represent Asia for ISOHA. I have been working in the field of One Health since I began my Undergrad course that was the time I knew “What is One Health and Why?”. In the line of work I have encountered a lot of hurdles which I personally felt was due to the lack of coordination between us working for the common goal of One Health. In the context of Asia a lot of things needs to be improvised and we must rise from the ground of ignorance if we want a world with a better future. It is crucial for us to meet if not all but some of the basic SDG’s by 2030. Problems such as Antibiotic Resistance, Zoonoses, Global warming and Climate Change , Environment Pollution and many more needs to be taken care of which is only possible if we could bridge the gap for working hands on One Health. I consider this leading role as an opportunity, responsibility and challenge for the greater good of the world. Let’s join our hands for the collaborative approach of “One Goal – One World, One Health, One Future”.

Aneela Javed- Pakistan

Dr. Aneela Javed is working as Assistant professor at Atta ur Rehman School of Applied Biosciences, Department of Healthcare Biotechnology, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. She did her PhD from Georg August University, Germany and Post Doctorate from Harvard Medical School, USA. Dr. Aneela is working with various human and animal viruses prevalent in the country. She was one of the first One-Health fellow cohort selected by National Academy of Sciences USA in 2017 to foster One-health related activities in the country/region. As part of this fellowship, she worked on serological and Molecular surveillance of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) in Pakistan.   CCHFV infects a wide range of animal but remains asymptomatic in animals. It is transmitted to humans by bite of infected ticks or by direct contact with blood or tissues of viremic patients or animals. The screening of animals will greatly help to identify the potential hotspots of future outbreaks so that virus can be contained before it can infect humans. Beside this, the knowledge and techniques learnt as part of her One-health Training are also employed to other viral diseases as well. She is currently incorporating the One-Health concept and approaches into her teaching and research at Post Graduate level.

AUSTRALIA

Will Horman – Australia

My name is Will Horman, and I will be one of the two ISOHA representatives for Australia. I’m a PhD student studying through the University of Melbourne, and my project is a One Health collaboration between the Kedzierska laboratory at the Peter Doherty Institute in Melbourne and the Bean laboratory down at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong. I am researching variable immune cell phenotypes in both avian and mammalian hosts following infection with avian influenza viruses, to see how high consequence strains such as H7N9 manifest different disease progressions across different species, with particular reference to host specific factors such as IFITMs. My project has a notable One Health focus, as these avian influenza viruses have the ability to cause severe disease in both humans and animal species, while environmental monitoring serves as a key blockade to sustained transmission. Thus, I am passionate about One Health and how taking a holistic view of disease and health can lead to better outcomes for humans and animals.

Grace Hood- Australia

Grace Hood is in her fourth year of veterinary school at the University of Queensland in Australia. She received her Masters of Public Health from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she majored in infectious disease epidemiology. She enjoys hiking, daggy dance moves, and ProMed Mail.

EUROPE

Elspeth Taylor – United Kingdom

Elspeth is a third-year veterinary student at the University of Bristol, she has had a long-term interest in the sustainability of human and animal health, especially with the increasing risk of widespread antimicrobial resistance and food security. She is a committee member of the Bristol One Health society, who organise talks and increase awareness of One Health issues across the university. She feels it is paramount that we act and raise awareness through groups like International Student One Health Alliance, she hopes to offer a unique perspective of what One Health means to vet students in the UK and is very excited to join the ISOHA team.

 Ergi Bregasi – Albania

Ergi Bregasi is a student of Veterinary Medicine at “Agricultural University of Tirana”, Albania. In his country he is an activist on animal and environmental issues. When he was 17-19 years old he has held the position as General Coordinator for high school on national level at “Albanian Young Leaders Forum”. During the last year Ergi has attended some training in europe in different countries like Czech Republic, Italy (two times) and Croatia and some other training and conference in his countries. His focus is concentrated on Climate Change and the effect of it on animal and environment. Ergi said that: If you want to solve the deadlock of public health the solutions are the One Health principles. He consider this position as a learning opportunity and a window to contribute. He believes that “We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more” based from the ex-president Bill Clinton.

NORTH AMERICA

Jessica Garcia – United States

Hello! My name is Jessica Garcia and I am currently pursuing my Master of Public Health in Epidemiology & Global Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. I currently work as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in College Health & Well-Being. I am also the President of the Public Health Student Association at USF and a Shot@Life Champion for the United Nations Foundation! Formerly, I worked as an Administrative Support Assistant for the One Health Center of Excellence at the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. I have also held many internships for other university institutes and centers, as well as non-profit, community organizations. My research interests include intimate partner violence, human trafficking, childhood vaccination programs, college student well-being, mental health literacy, One Health, and Latinx Health! I also have a passion for music, photography, and travel!

Evan Griffith – United States

I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and attended Grinnell College in Iowa, where I received my B.A. in Biology. As an undergraduate, I conducted research in a wide range of topics including antimicrobial resistance, behavioral and disease ecology, and conservation biology. These diverse interests led me to the Master’s in Conservation Medicine (MCM) program at Tufts University, which I completed in 2017. The MCM program opened my eyes to how One Health can help solve global, complex issues such as ecosystem function degradation and emerging infectious diseases. Currently, I’m pursuing a DVM/MPH dual degree at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. My current research revolves around the integration of livestock and human health services in East and Central Africa. Outside of school, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my girlfriend, and pets, Kobe and Sarabi.

SOUTH AMERICA

Luigi Schettini Z – Peru

Good afternoon, my name is Luigi Schettini Z. I am Peruvian, magister and veterinary doctor graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the National University of San Marcos de Lima – Peru. During my undergraduate studies I am interested mainly in wild animals and perform various practices in the mountains and rainforest. In the Peruvian Amazon, I worked on research projects with native communities that lived on the subsistence hunting of wild animals and during these projects I appreciated the importance of the concept of One Health because the territory where the people lived were areas endemic for malaria and also raising some farm animals, I understood that in order to propose management plans for wild animals, a multidisciplinary work was necessary, and also we needed to know the dynamics of animal health, human health and the health of the ecosystem. At present, due to the growth of the world population, the climate change, the greater proximity between animals and people, among other predisposing factors there is an increase in the appearance of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases and this highlights the importance of the concept One Health.

Daniel Paiva – Brazil

Daniel Paiva, 29 years old, Brazilian, graduate in Veterinary Medicine at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ). I subsequently undertook a Residency Program in Veterinary Microbiology Diagnostic, specializing in bacteriological and mycological diagnosis, surveillance of bacterial resistance, and antimicrobial stewardship at the Veterinary Hospital-UFRRJ. The high occurrence of animal sporotrichosis led to a masters degree on the phenotypical and molecular characterization of Sporothrix schenckii complex isolates collected and maintained on the diagnostic service, and the antifungal susceptibility profile of those samples. I am now completing a Ph.D. on the development of molecular methodologies for the identification of Amblyomma ticks (an important vector group in Brazil) and correlated tick-borne diseases.

2 thoughts on “ISOHA’s First Continent Representatives Selected”

  1. Hi! My name is Annisa, from Indonesia, so, I have some questions regarding ISOHA, so will be an annual application and announcement about representative ? and will be any open recruitment for the education or executive committee?
    Thank you, hope to hear from you soon

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    1. Hey Annisa! Thanks for reaching out. There is no definite timeline as of right now, but the selection of continent representatives is our next major project in ISOHA. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for more details!

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