Humans, Animals And The Bugs Between Us: Bridging The Divide | Centre for Veterinary Education

Humans, Animals And The Bugs Between Us: Bridging The Divide

Siobhan Mor

Ian Beveridge Lecture Series

Duration: 46:14

Monday, October 24, 2016

Topic/s: one health, emerging diseases

Over the last 50 years, the world has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of new infectious diseases leaping from other animals to humans. Global examples include HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola, while Hendra virus raises concerns here in Australia. These emerging diseases underscore the interconnectedness of human, domestic animal and wildlife health. Yet, systems designed to detect and respond to infectious diseases largely remain siloed.

Find out why emerging diseases are on the increase globally. Discover how human activity - particularly related to agriculture and food systems is driving the spread of diseases from animals to humans.

In this talk, Dr Mor discusses how under-investment in animal and ecosystem health ultimately undermines human health. She shows how the concept of One Health enables us to re-examine and potentially overcome the structural barriers hindering effective management of zoonotic diseases.


BSc (Vet) BVSc PhD MANZCVS (Epidem.)
Siobhan Mor is an epidemiologist, with expertise in both medical and veterinary methods and applications. Her research focusses on the epidemiology of zoonotic, emerging and tropical infectious diseases of global health importance, with particular regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to her research, she is also passionate about capacity building for One Health. Following Mor's veterinary training at The University of Sydney, she relocated to the United States where she completed a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. While at Tufts Siobhan also completed the interdisciplinary certificate in Water: Systems, Science and Society. Between 2009-2011 she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. During this time she was a global health advisor for the RESPOND project, part of USAID's Emerging Pandemic Threats program. Mor returned to The University of Sydney to assume her role in the Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2012. Dr Mor also hold an appointment with the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity. In 2013, she gained entry to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in veterinary epidemiology and completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education).