International recognition for University of Glasgow One Health scientist
Issued: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:02:00 BST
Professor of Comparative Epidemiology Sarah Cleaveland has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the first University of Glasgow researcher to be awarded the honour.
Membership in the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.
Professor Cleaveland was elected to Academy as a result of her years of work and research into zoonotic and livestock diseases in developing countries. Zoonotic diseases are transmitted between humans and animals and to control these diseases, a 'One Health' approach is needed that spans human and veterinary medicine, and involves ecology as well as the social sciences.
Adopting the principles of One Health, Professor Cleaveland has pioneered new methods for monitoring and controlling diseases such as rabies and foot-and-mouth in Africa.
Professor Cleaveland is one of 70 regular members elected to the National Academy of Medicine—formerly known as the Institute of Medicine—this year, and the first researcher from the University of Glasgow to achieve the rare honour. A further 10 international members were also elected.