WA researchers gather for Science on the Swan

May 2, 2017

Murdoch University scientists will share their research into One Health at the Science on the Swan conference.

Murdoch University researchers will join a gathering of international experts to discuss the health of people and animals in WA and around the world.

Beginning today, WA’s annual premier health and medical research meeting Science on the Swan will focus on new discoveries in One Health medicine.

One Health research is an integrated effort of veterinary and human medical researchers and practitioners, public health specialists, wildlife biologists, ecological and environmental scientists to understand how these factors interact to influence the risk of emergent diseases on a global scale.

Murdoch University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, Professor David Morrison, said the annual conference was a great opportunity to showcase research in an area of emerging international importance.

“Seventy five percent of newly emerging diseases in humans in the last 30 years have been spread to us from animals,” Professor Morrison said.

“Western Australian scientists are at the forefront of research into the diagnosis, treatment and containment of these infectious outbreaks.”

A number of internationally renowned experts from Murdoch University will speak at the three day conference, including Professor Elizabeth Phillips, Professor Una Ryan and Dr Chris Smith.

Science on the Swan brings together all five of WA’s major Universities (Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and The University of Notre Dame) in partnership with the key teaching and research hospitals, the medical research institutes of WA and the WA Government through the Department of Health and the Office of Science.

The full program can be viewed here.

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