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Texas A&M One Health Summer Research Program in Nicaragua a Success

Posted August 27, 2015

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –Five students and three faculty members from Texas A&M University and a student from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine recently returned from a month-long research and service trip to Ometepe, Nicaragua.

The students assisted a local doctor in three independent clinics on the island during each week, planted one medicinal and two vegetable gardens, held two human and animal health fairs, trained nurses and local women in CPR, and cooked a healthy meal for all the children in a community. In total, the students worked with 604 people and treated 370 animals. The community members also completed 97 animal and 152 public health questionnaires. After the team’s return, its members will be presenting posters, offering a seminar, and submitting abstracts to various conferences.

Students involved were Jade Haberman (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, masters student), Michelle Kurkowski (College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences), Chelsea Stewart and Christina Babu (College of Medicine), Valery Roman-Cruz (School of Public Health), Benton Harvey (University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine). Faculty members were Dr. Laura Ferguson, Dr. Van Ngo, and Dr. Katie Fuller from the College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, and team leader Merrideth Holub, One Health Program Coordinator.

The One Health program employs a translational medicine approach by addressing community-identified challenges to human, animal, and environmental health in a developing county.

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