2016-10-31 19:30:46 UTC

Nov. 1, 2016

CMGH articles discuss the link between veterinary and human medical science and how collaboration could improve GI research.

The November issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH) features several articles highlighting the One Health Initiative — an international movement designed to unite human and veterinary medicine — and the relevance of these concepts in GI research.

In this issue of CMGH:

  • Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, DACVS, a veterinarian and GI researcher at NC State, and colleagues discuss the use of large animal models (primarily pigs) in GI research. The pig GI tract shares a number of similarities with the human GI tract that rodents do not, and in certain settings (highlighted by the Blikslager group) offers distinct advantages for studying GI physiology and pathophysiology.
  • Continuing the focus on the link between veterinary and human medical science, M. Sawkat Anwer, PhD, DMVH, the associate dean for research at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, provides advice for success in veterinary GI research and emphasizes the important research connections — in both directions — between human and animal GI research.
  • Finally, CMGH Associate Editor Rebecca G. Wells, MD, highlights the One Health Initiative, an international effort to enhance collaborations between practitioners in human, animal and environmental health. She discusses the fact that this initiative is widely appreciated in the veterinary community but is virtually unknown in GI. She also presents reasons why understanding and participating in One Health may yield significant benefits for the GI research community.