Issue 43                                                                                            October 2021
Duke One Health Says Goodbye
 Professor Gregory Gray is Moving!
Professor Gregory Gray has been asked to establish a One Health research and training program at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston and to help with UTMB’s new School of Public Health. Dr. Gray will be joining UTMB as a tenured professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. He will also have appointments in the Departments of Preventive Medicine & Population Health and Microbiology & Immunology. His last day at Duke University and Duke-NUS Medical School will be October 31st. After that day, he may be reached via:

    Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH, FIDSA
    Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases – Route 0435
    301 University Blvd
    Galveston, TX 77555-0435

We thank those of you who have supported the One Health programs at Duke University (USA), Duke-NUS Medical School (Singapore), and Duke Kunshan University (China). We have published more than 110 manuscripts and book chapters during the last seven years, and helped numerous team members advance in their careers to become faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and Masters students. We are grateful for the support and partnership we have shared with you during this period!

We extend a special thank you to all the editors who have worked to bring One Health news to your inbox each month. This will be the last edition of the Duke One Health Newsletter – Dr. Gray may bring up a similar newsletter once he has settled in at UTMB. 
Recent Publications
One Health Collaborator, Dr. King-Ching Hii (left), and co-author Emily Robie, MSc (right)
Epidemiological Investigation of Leptospirosis in Central Borneo
Dr. King-Ching Hii, pediatrician and One Health collaborator, led a team of investigators in assessing the burden of disease brought on by Leptospira infections in Sarawak, Malaysia. From February to September 2019, medical officers enrolled patients presenting to local hospitals with febrile illness, and used both sera and urine samples to test for evidence of infection through multiple targeted laboratory assays. A commonly used antibody-based commercial rapid diagnostic test was found to have low sensitivity compared to molecular assay studies, and the inclusion of urine specimens in the analysis identified additional leptospirosis cases that would otherwise have been missed.

Read more.
Dr. Emily Bailey (left) and Dr. Akshaya Ramesh (right)

Metagenomic Characterization of Swine Slurry in a North American Swine Farm Operation
Former Duke One Health Team member Emily Bailey, PhD and collaborator Dr. Akshaya Ramesh formerly of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub recently co- authored an important paper demonstrating novel viruses can be found in our own backyards. Recognizing that animals on farms are a potential source for viral transmission to human beings and wishing to better understand the microbial diversity on some of these farms, the researchers used metagenomic sequencing to survey swine samples in North America and characterized 1792 viral genomes, of which nearly a third were novel in nature. Such metagenomic analyses will likely play a crucial role in future novel microbe and pandemic pathogen surveillance on large animal farms.

Read More.
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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 associate for the One Health Team at Duke. 
  Don Nguyen
  Jean Gleason
 Emily Robie
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