One Health Aotearoa’s (OHA) mission is to break down traditional silos and bring together the best scientists in the field from diverse disciplines, including non-traditional fields. We aspire to be the national leader in infectious diseases research, education and advocacy, and the primary point of contact in New Zealand for international engagement and collaboration in ‘One Health’.
One Health aims to improve health and well-being through integrated, cross-sectoral, and whole-of-society approaches to health hazards. In OHA, we apply the broadest definition of One Health to address infectious diseases issues. We focus on inclusiveness across the health sectors: animal, human, and environmental.
We bring together diverse research disciplines to examine the factors underpinning health issues:
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One Health Aotearoa brings together many of New Zealand’s leading infection researchers. Collectively the expertise in this alliance is unparalleled nationally and the diversity of disciplines is unsurpassed internationally. The lead partners are:
Research makes a difference: to our lives, to our economy, to our society and to our environment. At the University of Otago we have a strong history of research and scholarship from our foundation in 1869 and we are proud to be one of New Zealand’s most research-intensive universities.
Our research is relevant, innovative and connected. Relevant, because it addresses today’s concerns while looking ahead to tomorrow’s unimagined possibilities. Innovative, because it solves practical and theoretical problems in novel and creative ways. Connected, because it links our people and their knowledge to families and communities, to business and government, both here and globally.
Massey University has a distinctive reputation established through academic leadership, research excellence and innovative teaching.
Massey and its academic departments host many research centres, providing staff and students with world-class infrastructure and support.
Massey promotes collaborative arrangements, innovative research, technology transfer, and encourages links with national and international academic and research institutions and commercial organisations.
Our research excellence means Massey is host to two of the seven centres of research excellence (CoRE) supported by the New Zealand government, and is a partner in three of the others.
ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) is New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities.
It’s our science that helps safeguard people’s health, protect food-based economies, improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources, and contributes expert forensic science to justice systems.
Our alliance research groups have established research expertise in a wide range of scientific disciplines:
The Centre for International Health facilitates and promotes research to contribute to the understanding and improvement of health in under-resourced countries, and focuses on postgraduate training and strategic mentorship of leaders.
The Centre for Public Health Research undertakes a wide range of public health research with our national and international collaborators. We also facilitate a postgraduate teaching programme.
ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) is New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. ESR’s environmental science and health research groups specialise in science that helps safeguard people’s health, protect food-based economies and improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources.
The EpiCentre is at Massey University, New Zealand. Fields of research at the EpiCentre range from diseases of New Zealand livestock to those of global importance such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza. In liasion with partner institutes we are engaged in extensive research and training in public health and food safety.
The EpiCentre along with mEpiLab and China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC) have been recognised by the World Assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as a Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health.
We have expertise in the understanding and control of disease in animal populations, the transmission of disease from animals to humans, and hazards in food of animal origin. The group is distinguished by its commitment to long-term research goals and its innovative uses of epidemiological techniques in research and problem-solving.
The Health, Environment and Infection Research Unit is a collaboration of researchers focused on the impact of infectious diseases and adverse environmental factors on population health. We use a range of research methods to investigate these health concerns; to identify effective interventions to reduce the burden of disease and inequalities; and to support the move to greater environmental sustainability. HEIRU aims to provide evidence-based recommendations and advice to support New Zealand and international agencies and practitioners in their disease prevention and control activities.
The Infection Group are interested in all aspects of human infection, and our research aims to provide new insights into the prevention, management, surveillance and control of infections of global importance. We are a research collaboration between the University of Otago and the Canterbury District Health Board, based in Christchurch, with members and collaborators in other centres.
Our team includes prominent scientists who are engaged in both applied research concerning multihost pathogens and fundamental research regarding pathogen evolution and disease emergence. The disciplines within the group cover the spectrum of population-based infectious disease from microbiology, through population genetics, epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, disease ecology, statistics, mathematical modelling, and public health.
The Natural and Mathematical Sciences group at Massey University in Auckland is comprised of some of the world’s leading scientists. Recent recruits have come from Harvard, Cambridge, Max Planck and other leading institutions. They continue their research in New Zealand at Massey, while collaborating with colleagues across the globe.
Our areas of specialisation cross mathematical and natural sciences disciplines. We disseminate and preserve scientific knowledge of the highest quality in our areas of specialisation, producing relevant, globally-influential research.
Dr Pete Jolly is currently the leader of the International Development Group within Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University. He leads teams that develop and implement international community capacity building programmes in the fields of human and animal health involving education, research and policy evaluation. This work impacts at the individual, institutional and societal levels in South Asia, and is funded by the EU and World Bank.
mEpiLab and the EpiCentre form an OIE collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health.
Our research has improved our understanding of the epidemiology, evolution and control of agents of infectious disease and contributed to major reductions in the rates of foodborne disease in New Zealand. The team comprises scientists with expertise in the fields of epidemiology, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics/computational biology, mathematical modelling, veterinary science and public health.
We work closely with collaborators in the Crown Research Institutes (AgResearch, ESR, NIWA), regional public health units and other groups across Massey University on pathogens such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli, Leptospira, Cryptosporidium and Giardia. We develop and apply epidemiological and evolutionary models to understand sources and pathways of human infection, and inform control strategies.
The Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit was established as a partnership originally between the then Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board and the University of Otago. It contributes to a wide range of Māori health research projects and initiatives within the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, the University of Otago and our communities to ensure important and beneficial outcomes for Māori are attained.
Our scope extends from molecular research to clinical, epidemiological, and pharmacological research on infectious diseases affecting animals, plants, and humans. We have over sixty experts from four universities, and key Crown Research Institutes working to translate discoveries into practical applications against infectious diseases. Increasing virulence in ordinary bacteria and viruses adds to the complexity of managing both new and re-emerging disease threats.