What direction to take with One Health research in the European Joint Programme?

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Monday, October 1, 2018
Last updated on 14-1-2021 by Lieke Vervoort

Sciensano welcomes the One Health EJP’s Scientific Steering Board to discuss and assess One Health research in Europe. The EJP is a H2020 project that started in January 2018 and lasts for 5 years.

A meeting to select future research topics and evaluate ongoing One Health research

On October 2nd 2018, the Scientific Steering Board (SSB) of the European Joint Programme (EJP) on One Health (OH) meets at Sciensano’s premises. This high level meeting brings together 19 European countries to define priority topics for One Health research in Europe. As EJP deputy coordinator, Sciensano is honoured to host the first SSB meeting. “At this meeting, European public organisations from the medical, veterinary or food sector come together, as they deal with foodborne infections and AMR. Hence, we see the One Health EJP as an endorsement of our efforts to regroup animal and human health under one roof. May we hope that other institutes follow this initiative, to really enforce the One Health approach in Europe” says Hein Imberechts, scientist at Sciensano and Deputy coordinator of the EJP.

During this first meeting, the SSB will select the topics for new projects that will start in January 2020 under the OneHealth EJP. They will also discuss the progress of the 13 research and integrative projects that are running since January 2018. 

Photo of the One Health European Joint Programme (OHEJP) scientific steering board (SSB)

The European Joint Programme (EJP) on One Health enhances the prevention, detection and control of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance

The European Joint Programme (EJP) on One Health, is a € 90 million project under Horizon 2020 that comprises a network of 39 national public organisations in 19 member states. Many of these organisations are reference centres for infectious diseases in animals and humans.

The EJP stimulates knowledge exchange to enhance the prevention, detection and control of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance. The partners stimulate and boost their collaboration via research and integrative projects, guided by a strategic research agenda. This agenda is built on programmes supported by the national authorities, ECDC and EFSA.

Sciensano contributes to the One Health EJP projects as one consortium leader and participates in 4 projects

Sciensano houses the Belgian reference laboratories for most animal and public health issues and hence perfectly fits in this One Health network. Our researchers leading one consortium (Metastava) and participating in four other projects (Cohesive, Nova, Orion and Tox-detect) thus make this One Health approach very realistic and add to the collaboration of partners by crossing the borders of animal, public and the environmental health. 

More information on the OneHealth EJP and its composing projects can be found on www.OneHealthEJP.eu

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