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Working Groups

Chronic Wasting Disease

Collaboration between Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and UT (including UT Medical School; Dept. of Microbiology; and Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries); evaluating environmental testing from field-collected samples is at beginning stages; efforts have been augmented by OHI seed funding to Dr. Shigetoshi Eda for development of prion sensor technology.

Current Group Leaders: Dan Grove (UT Institute of Agriculture, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries), Shigetoshi Eda (UT Institute of Agriculture, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries).


Green Spaces

UT faculty from the Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries (Urban Forestry) and College of Nursing and a broad complement of community scholars and practitioners are exploring opportunities to address inequities in the distribution and availability of parks and green spaces.

Current Group Leaders: Carole Myers (College of Nursing), Sharon Jean-Philippe (UT Institute of Agriculture, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries).


Microbiome

Connect microbiome researchers across UT (including College of Nursing; College of Veterinary Medicine; Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology; Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to foster collaboration and improve techniques across campus.

Current Group Leader: Becky Hardman (UT Institute of Agriculture, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries).


One Health in K-12

Partnership between USDA Veterinary Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and UT (including College of Veterinary Medicine; Dept. of Child and Family Studies; Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology; Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Dept. of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science) to introduce One Health to the next generation and spreading One Health messages to K-12 communities across the state. Materials for K-12 educators have been developed and distributed through the Tennessee 4-H Youth Development program.

Current Group Leader: Keren Rozensher (USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service).


Science of Team Science

Multidisciplinary group of researchers at UT (including College of Social Work; College of Veterinary Medicine; Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Dept. of Child and Family Studies; College of Nursing; and Institute of Agriculture) interested in exploring effective collaborative teamwork and providing training and service to foster facilitative skills needed to promote synergy and productivity in One Health research.

Current Group Leader: Elizabeth Strand (College of Veterinary Medicine; College of Social Work).


Substance Misuse and Addiction Resources for Tennessee (SMART) Policy Group

UT Substance Misuse Community of Scholars are sharing resources, innovations, and opportunities with One Health Initiative members to create synergies in combating substance misuse across the state. The SMART Policy Group meets bi-weekly and the Community of Scholars meets monthly.

Current Group Leader: Carole Myers (College of Nursing).