CBQF 30 Years Anniversary Seminar 1: Human Health and the One Health Continuum, with Ed Topp

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 17:00

In the scope of CBQF celebration of its 30 years we will organize a cycle of Seminars about several topics related with the different areas of research.


The One Health concept specifies that the microbiomes of humans and animals are connected, both through direct contact, and indirectly through the environment. Managing the flow of microorganisms of human or animal health concern across the One Health continuum requires a transdisciplinary approach to address problems at the intersection of people, animals, and their environments. This presentation will use the management of antimicrobial resistance and the protection of food safety as examples of how a One Health approach can identify and develop solutions to improve the health and wellness of people, animals, and the environment.

A native of Montréal, Ed obtained his PhD from the Department of Microbiology at the University of Minnesota in 1988. Ed’s research concerns the interface between agriculture and human and environmental health, and has generated nearly 300 co-authored publications. In the last decade he has notably led several national studies concerning the fate and management in agro-ecosystems of pharmaceuticals and pathogenic and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He is the project coordinator for the Genomics Research and Development Initiative project on antimicrobial resistance, a key component of the innovation pillar of the Canadian Federal Framework for action on antimicrobial resistance. Ed is a member of the Science Advisory Board for JPIAMR, and a designated “expert” on antimicrobial resistance for the European Food Safety Authority [EFSA] and the FAO/WHO. He is a Past-President [2011] of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.