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One Health Research Foundation Announces Inaugural Board of Directors

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Organization promotes research and training with emphasis on Caribbean

The One Health Research Foundation (OHRF) announces its formation
as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, its inaugural Board of
Trustees along with its mission to "improve human, animal and
environmental health in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the
world through support of integrative, multidisciplinary research and
innovation."

Established in 2017, the One Health Research Foundation is based in
Miramar, Florida, with an office at the Ross University School of
Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in St. Kitts. RUSVM contributes to the
Foundation and provides research space in its new Research and Pathology
Building and office space on campus. The Foundation was organized for
charitable research and training purposes and its charitable activities
will be both in the United States and abroad, with a special focus on
the Caribbean.

"The One Health Research Foundation (OHRF) aims to be recognized as a
premier charitable organization that promotes and advances a One Health,
trans-disciplinary approach to address societal needs," said Dr. Robert
Bergquist, MD, PhD, OHRF Board President. "OHRF provides support to
qualified scientists and students, partners and programs through grants
for research, innovation and training, primarily aimed at security in
relation to zoonotic, vector-borne and other infectious/parasitic
diseases, food and feed safety, ecosystem health and health with
reference to human/animal interactions."

The OHRF Board ensures that all programs supported by the foundation
receive regular reviews for effectiveness and impact in an effort to
maximize the resources provided. OHRF invites and makes public reports
of outcomes and results of engagements in order to share data on program
impact in the communities served.

Directors for the One Health Research Foundation are:

Dr. Robert Bergquist, MD, PhD (President)
World Health
Organization/World Bank/UNDP/UNICEF Special Programme for Research and
Training on Tropical Diseases (retired) and Editor-in Chief, Geospatial
Health
, Brastad, Sweden

Dr. Modesto Cruz, MD, PhD (Secretary)
Director, Research
Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology (IMPA), Professor, Faculty of
Sciences, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (USAD), Dominican
Republic

Dr. Ray Kaplan, DVM, PhD, DACVM, DEVPC
Professor of
Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, Georgia, USA

Dr. Hazel Laws, MBBS, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Federation
of St. Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies

Dr. Christopher Oura, BVetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS
Professor of
Veterinary Virology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West
Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Dr. Stanley White, PhD (Treasurer)
Dean St. Kitts Satellite
Campus, Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies

To learn more about the One Health Research Foundation, including ways
to make a donation and research projects, please visit: http://www.ohresearchfoundation.org/.

One Health Research Foundation
2300 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 200
Miramar,
Florida, USA 33027
Tel: (+1) 754-208-4613

About One Health Research Foundation

The One Health Research Foundation, established in 2017, is based in
Miramar, Florida with a Caribbean office at Ross University School of
Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis. The mission of the One
Health Research Foundation is to improve human, animal and environmental
health in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the world through
support of integrative, multidisciplinary research and innovation. The
Foundation was organized for charitable research and training purposes.
Its charitable activities will be both in the United States and abroad,
with special focus on the Caribbean. One Health Research Foundation is a
501(c)(3) public charity organization comprised of a Board of Directors
which meets at least twice a year to review and set policies, procedures
and budgets and to oversee the grant making process. All program funding
and philanthropic resources come from grants, gifts and contributions
from publicly supported organizations, governmental units and general
public. The Foundation will support Ross University School of Veterinary
Medicine and partner institutes' Faculty and OHRF Research Fellows and
Scientists to secure externally funded research grants as well as
providing grants to fulfil its mission based on donations. The
Foundation utilizes RUSVM's Institutional Review Board and Institutional
Animal Care and Use Committee and its own Scientific Advisory Board for
ethical and scientific review of proposals considered for support. RUSVM
contributes an office on its campus to the Foundation and donates time
of its faculty and staff who serve as the Foundation's officers. For
more information visit: http://www.ohresearchfoundation.org/.

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