16 ITraP students are traveling to Botucatu, Brazil from May 22-26. It is being hosted by the organizing committee and faculty of São Paulo State University (Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP). The theme of this years addition of summer school is “An interdisciplinary approach to solving problems at the interface of human, animal and environmental health and providing economically sustainable solutions.” The event will provide participants with a differentiated and comprehensive look at the possible interactions and collaborations between the areas involved in order to establish the concept of global health in an already globalize world.
Issues likely to be discussed include: Rabies, Zika, Yellow Fever, Leishmaniosis and Brucellosis.
The main objective of the workshop is to give students from diverse disciplines the opportunity to cooperatively analyze complex One Health problems, and with the help of intervening professors devise implementable solutions that address health issues in the context of sustainable economic benefits.
Each disease will be analyzed by one or more groups constituted for 5-8 graduate students from different areas (veterinary medicine, medicine, environmental sciences, sociology/anthropology, economics, public policy, geography and land use).
Two summer schools are to be held in 2016, the first of which was hosted by program collaborators Dr. J.P.S. Gill and Dr. R.S. Sethi at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). Eleven ITraP students and two DVM students participated along with over 100 students from across India and faculty and guests representing Canada, India, Brazil and Australia. Between February 9-15 2016, students took part in group sessions on critical analysis, leadership and career development, communication and knowledge translation, and hands-on training in zoonoses diagnostics. A field trip day included a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar and viewing of the Wagah border ceremony. The school concluded with a scientific symposium and keynote address from an official with the local Punjab government.
The Punjab Tribune newspaper covered the summer school in a recent article.
The 2015 summer school was held in Saskatoon from August 29-September 4. During the first evening, students and faculty mingled at Prairieland Park watching the horse races, and some came away with a few extra dollars in their pockets. Sunday and Monday were spent in Waskesiu, Sask. in the Prince Albert National Park where we heard from our keynote speaker, Dr. Felicia Nutter (Tufts University) on our theme of Team Science and learned how to make toast. Students also pitched project ideas for current One Health issues, formed teams and completed team building activities on the trails and in kayaks and canoes.
Back in Saskatoon, students worked on their team projects between sessions on professional skills development, communication with policy makers and media, team science and risk assessment and management. Evenings were spent on a riverboat dinner cruise, at the university faculty club and exploring campus grounds and the nearby riverbank. The summer school concluded with a scientific symposium and team project competition. A selection committee of students and faculty selected two of five research proposals to receive seed funding for further development.
This year's guest speakers included:
The 2014 winter school was held in Ludhiana, India from November 3-7. This was hosted by our partner university, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). We took 5 graduate students and one undergraduate student along with five faculty members to participate in the School in India. The program included creative pairing of students from India and Canada to develop posters and presentations. We also paired Canadian and Indian researchers to develop joint presentations on the same or similar topics. In addition, there were talks on leadership skill development.
The 2014 ITraP summer school was held in Saskatoon from May 31-June 7. It kicked off with an overnight excursion to Waskesiu, Sask., in the Prince Albert National Park (PANP) where the students took part in outdoor team building activities and had the opportunity to go on a horse-drawn wagon ride to see the PANP wild bison herd. Following Waskesiu, we returned to Saskatoon to begin a three-day professional skills workshop where the students had a chance to learn how to communicate their science to the media and policy makers. They also learned about the many facets of career development.
The summer school ended with a two-day scientific symposium geared toward "One Health." The theme for the symposium was '2013 - Year of Coronaviruses'. Experts were invited to talk about various topics related to infectious diseases, food safety and public policy.
The summer school as a whole was a success and the feedback from students and faculty was very positive. We are now looking forward to planning a fall workshop in Saskatoon and winter school in India in November!
In 2013, 14 of our students and 10 of our faculty members attended the ZIBI-International Summer School in Berlin, Germany, at the Humboldt University from June 3-15. The speakers gave excellent presentations that were very informative and engaging for the students.
The summer school program consisted of three components:
Berlin is a beautiful city and our ITraP group had a great time! The participants of the summer school were invited to multiple cultural excursions in the evenings and days off including trips to museums, the parliament buildings and the town of Potsdam.
Funding provided by NSERC