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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is hosting Dr Laura H. Kahn (Princeton University) as she presents on the One Health concept and managing emerging diseases.

Agriculture is the foundation of civilization. Food security from agriculture enabled the growth of cities; cities led to nations, and nations discovered the science and technology that allowed our numbers to grow. But agriculture comes with costs including deforestation, environmental destruction, and emerging diseasesMeeting the growing world population’s demand for food, especially meat, while ensuring global health and sustainability in an era of climate change is one of the great challenges of the 21st century.

One Health is the concept that human, animal, and environmental health are linked. This concept can serve as a framework to analyze the interrelationships between food security, the environment, and emerging diseases. Approximately 75 percent of newly emerging diseases come from animals, called “zoonoses.” Mosquito-borne zoonoses, such as West Nile virus and Zika virus, exemplify the importance of implementing a One Health approach to interdisciplinary threats.

About the speaker: Dr Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

  • Research Scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Co-Founder, One Health Initiative
  • Columnist, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


For further details on this talk, and to register for attendance, please see the event webpage here.


Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 - 17:15 to 18:45
Event location: 
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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