Veterinarians Are on the Front Lines of Food Safety

By Timothy Ogilvie, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George's University
March 24, 2017

When many people think of veterinarians, they picture a medical professional who cares for animals. But vets play a crucial role in human health as well — particularly when it comes to keeping our food safe.

Indeed, large animal veterinarians – those who treat animals raised to produce food such as meat, milk and eggs – are on the front line of defense in protecting our food supply from animal-borne and transmissible diseases, known as “zoonotic” diseases. Read More »

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Cooking Comes Clean

By Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Director of Research at St. George's University
March 8, 2017

Picture this: a woman and her child are at home, working together to make dinner for their family. They use a traditional, indoor stove and burn wood to get a fire going. As the fire grows, dark smoke fills the room. Black soot covers the walls of their house. The mother and child start to cough as the toxic fumes fill their lungs. But they push through — or risk going without a cooked meal for the night.

For many of us, this might sound like a story straight out of the 1800s. But for nearly half the global population, this is a part of everyday life. Read More »

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Global Transportation and the Spread of Disease

By Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Director of Research at St. George's University
March 8, 2017

We live at a time in which people and goods can move across borders – and even across continents — with unprecedented speed.

Advances in transportation have also made it easier and faster for infectious diseases to spread quickly. Since 1980, the number of infectious-disease outbreaks across the globe has nearly quadrupled.[1] Recent outbreaks such as the Ebola and the Zika virus epidemics quickly gave rise to global public health emergencies.

Combatting the spread of deadly diseases will require a full-scale effort that involves everybody from political leaders to medical professionals and private citizens. In particular, the escalating risk of infectious disease calls for robust prevention and response systems and the commitment of the international community. Read More »

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