A key lesson from recent infectious diseases outbreaks, including Ebola in West Africa, and efforts to control antimicrobial resistance, is that now, more than ever, we need to work across sectors, and reverse the trend towards increasing compartmentalization.

In short, we need to:

  • Break down silos
  • Engage with wider groups
  • Enhance sharing of data and expertise
  • Improve communication with stakeholders
  • Engage more effectively with policy makers

Importantly, issues are addressed in a real-world context, with early involvement of key stakeholders and easier translation into policy.

Read our case studies for more about how animal, environmental, and human health, influence and respond to each other.

Visit our Postgraduates page to read more about the projects young scientists are working on in this exciting interdisciplinary arena.

Case studies


Sixty per cent of known human infectious diseases have their source in domestic or wild animals. Leptospirosis is one of the most well-known of these ...

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Water quality

Threats to the health of our environment are largely due to human activity. It has become increasingly clear that human and animal diseases are often ...

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Legionnaires’ disease

Although many human infections are acquired from other humans, many are also the result of human interactions with their environment. Pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria ...

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