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Issue 40                                                                                            July 2021
Meet our New Editors
Don Nguyen (left) and Jean Gleason (right)
 
Don Nguyen and Jean Gleason will serve as co-editors of the Duke One Health Team Newsletter. They are both graduate students in the Duke Global Health Institute, with anticipated graduation in May 2022.
 
We thank Anfal “Fulla” Abdelgadir, MSc, and Arthi Khozumam for their incredible contributions to this newsletter as they engage in new opportunities in their careers.
Recent Publications
Research study coordinator, Xinye “Emma” Wang at the One Health Research Laboratory at Duke Kunshan University (DKU)
 
A pan-coronavirus RT-PCR assay for rapid viral screening of animal, human, and environmental specimens
 
Emma Wang recently published a study with other Duke One Health Team members describing the use of a RT-PCR assay to screen for early detection of coronavirus incursions and pre-pandemic coronavirus emergence among human or animal populations. The study, titled “A pan-coronavirus RT-PCR assay for rapid viral screening of animal, human, and environmental specimens,” was published in Elsevier’s One Health journal. 
As part of her studies, Dr. Thao Nguyen partnered with the Duke One Health Team to study swine samples in Vietnam.

An Epidemiological Study of Streptococcus suis Prevalence among Swine at Industrial Swine Farms in Northern Vietnam
 
As a third year Medical School student at Duke, Thao Nguyen collaborated with the National Institute of Veterinary Research in Vietnam to determine the prevalence and risk for detecting molecular evidence of Streptococcus suis on local swine farms. Researchers used a One Health approach to assess for potential transmission of this zoonotic bacteria from pigs to swine workers, and found a surprisingly low prevalence of detection, as compared to other S. suis studies in other countries.
Dr. Nicholas Heaton leads a team of researchers at Duke University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

TMEM41B is a host factor required for the replication of diverse coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2
 
Dr. Nick Heaton along with researchers at Duke University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently identified a specific human protein, TMEM41B, that appears to be essential in various coronaviruses life cycles. The authors propose that finding ways to block this human protein with new medicines or vaccines could open novel approaches for controlling coronavirus infections that cause severe disease such as COVID-19.
Duke One Health Project Updates
Jean Gleason preparing a pan-species paramyxovirus assay

Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) Master Students Pivot Research due to COVID-19 Pandemic
 
Jean Gleason and Don Nguyen recently completed their first year in the Duke Global Health Institute's (DGHI) Master of Science in Global Health program, where a 10-week international research experience is normally a core part of the curriculum. However, due to increased COVID-19 activity, travel was not feasible. Instead, with the help of their mentor, Professor Gray, they pivoted to work on other research projects in the Duke One Health Research Laboratory this summer.
 
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 Meet the Newsletter Editors:

                                             

Don Nguyen (left), Jean Gleason (middle), and Emily Robie, MSc (right) serve as the editors of the Duke One Health Team Newsletter. Don and Jean are both 2nd year students in the Duke Global Health Institute's Masters of Science in Global Health program. Emily graduated from the Duke Global Health Institute in May 2019, and is currently working as a research analyst for the One Health Team at Duke. 
 
  Don Nguyen  don.nguyen@duke.edu
  Jean Gleason  jean.gleason@duke.edu
 Emily Robie  emily.robie@duke.edu
The Duke One Health Team News periodically reports research and training news
from the Duke One Health Team's activities in 10 countries.

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