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Humanimal Trust announces research funding to advance One Medicine

HUMANIMAL Trust, the charity founded in 2014 by orthopaedic veterinary surgeon, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, has announced that it will fund multi-disciplinary research that supports the concept of One Medicine.

The new funding scheme is designed to provide researchers who have an affiliation with a Higher Education Institution, the NHS or a veterinary or private medical practice in the UK, with the opportunity to pursue small, multi-disciplinary projects in the following areas:

  • Infection control and antimicrobial resistance
  • Oncology
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Regenerative medicine
  • And potentially other projects that support One Medicine

Humanimal Trust is the only organisation in the UK with the sole and specific purpose of progressing One Medicine. It drives collaboration between vets, doctors, researchers, nurses and allied professions so that all humans and animals benefit from sustainable and equal medical progress, but not at the expense of an animal’s life. This is One Medicine.

Iva Hauptmannova, Research Support Consultant at Humanimal Trust, said:

“A collaborative, One Medicine approach can and will benefit all species and ensure a more sustainable future. Reciprocity, whereby human and animal healthcare advance hand in hand, is the only way forward; it will save time, save money and ultimately, save lives.

“Funding scientific research that demonstrates reciprocity and advances the cause and ethos of One Medicine is one of Humanimal Trust’s primary objectives, so we are delighted to launch this small projects funding call and look forward to seeing the applications.”

All applications will be peer-reviewed by the charity’s newly formed Science Committee, which is made up of leading academics, human and veterinary nurses, doctors, vets and consultants from around the world.

Professor Roberto La Ragione, Chair of Trustees at Humanimal Trust and Interim Chair of the Science Committee, said:

“We know that One Medicine has transformative potential across all areas of medicine, where physiological and genetic similarities exist between humans and animals. Research that the Trust has previously funded has the potential to help improve the lives of both humans and animals with similar conditions.

“An example of this is the study led by Dr Nazima Pathan, Lecturer in Paediatric Intensive Care at the University of Cambridge, which looked at infection prevention and its impact on antimicrobial resistance in critically ill children. We hope that small, multidisciplinary projects resulting from this funding call will provide further evidence that a collaborative, One Medicine approach can benefit all patients, regardless of their species.”

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 1 September 2023 and a webinar explaining more about the funding call will take place at 12.30pm (BST) on 7 July 2023. Further details can also be found on the Trust’s website.

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