Who We Are
Dr. Jan M. Sargeant
Jan Sargeant received her DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) and practiced as a food animal veterinarian for 4 years. She then obtained an MSc and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Guelph. Jan has been faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University and in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. Currently, she is the Director of the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses and a professor in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, and holds a CIHR chair in applied public health. Jan's current research interests are the epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens and evidence-informed decision-making in public health.
CPHAZ Program Coordinator & Data Research Technician:
Ashley Whiteman is the program coordinator as well as the research technician for CPHAZ. She is responsible for creating an inventory of existing public health related research. In 2007, Ashley graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology. Ashley has been involved in government and industry research projects for the poultry sector. For the past year Ashley has worked as a research assistant in the Pathobiology department of OVC. Through this work she has produced several fact sheets for public distribution and journal articles.
CPHAZ Steering Committee
Members of the steering committee play a crucial role in determining the CPHAZ direction and strategic initiatives by communicating and disseminating knowledge with members and other stakeholders. These individuals are the knowledge breakers between members, other stakeholders, and CPHAZ. The committee members have been selected to include a broad range of content and methodological expertise.
The members of the CPHAZ Steering Committee are:
CLAIRE JARDINE is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathobiology, and conducts research in wildlife and ecosystem health, ecology of diseases in wild animal population, and on rodent and vector bone zoonotic diseases.
SCOTT McEWEN is a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine, and conducts research on zoonotic food-borne pathogens, notably E. coli O157 and Salmonella, and on antimicrobial drug resistance.
JOHN PRESCOTT is a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and conducts research on the pathogenesis of Rhodococcus equi in foals, Leptospira in dogs, control of necrotic enteritis in chickens, and antimicrobial use and resistance.
SCOTT WEESE is an associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology. His research interests focus on multidrug resistant bacteria (particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)), bacterial gastrointestinal disease (particularly Clostridium difficile), and transmission of infectious agent between animals and humans.
CATE DEWEY is a professor of epidemiology and the Chair of the Department of Population Medicine. Her research interests are in the area of swine production medicine, including field studies of both zoonotic and production-limiting diseases.
ANDREW PEREGRINE is an associate professor of parasitology in the Department of Pathobiology. His research interests include the epidemiology of parasitic infections and development of parasite control programs to reduce drug resistance.
CPHAZ Advisory Committee
The CPHAZ Advisory Committee will play a role in the strategic initiatives of CPHAZ. The Advisory Committee will advocate for and promote CPHAZ to their networks within the broader public health community. These individuals will be selected based on their leadership roles in public health in Canada and insights in public health and zoonoses.
Members to be announced.
CPHAZ members will have the opportunity to be a part of an active public health community of interest. CPHAZ will provide valuable contacts and information for identifying funding opportunities and collaborations, will organize conference presentations and symposiums, and will assist with knowledge dissemination to different audiences.
Members are expected to have some component of their research, teaching, activities or service dedicated to public health, to be interested in working collaboratively with other scientists working on public health projects of mutual interest, and to participate in activities hosted by CPHAZ.
For additional information regarding CPHAZ membership, please contact us
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