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For Immediate Release: Wed., Feb. 13

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Keynote Speaker Announced for One Health One Planet Symposium: One Health and the Future of Food
Phipps Conservatory invites leaders to join together in exploring the connections between human, animal and environmental health

Pittsburgh, PA — Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens announces that keynote speaker Frank B. Hu, M.D., Ph.D. will open the 2019 One Health One Planet™ Symposium: One Health and the Future of Food. His presentation "Optimal Nutrition for Personal, Population and Planetary Health" will set the tone for this year's powerful presentation series to share an overview of the environmental impacts of food production and the benefits of sustainable public nutrition strategies with hundreds of attendees.

Dr. Frank Hu is Chair of Department of Nutrition and Frederick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He serves as Co-Director of the Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention at Harvard and Director of Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (BNORC) Epidemiology and Genetics Core. Dr. Hu received his M.D. from Tongji Medical College in China and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hu is the recipient of the Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology by the American Diabetes Association in 2010. He was named the American Heart Association's Ancel Keys Memorial Lecturer in 2018. He has served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, the AHA/ACC Obesity Guideline Expert Panel and the 2015 Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee, USDA/HHS. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Diabetes Care, and Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Hu is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Held March 13 – 14 in Pittsburgh, One Health One Planet Symposium will explore the effects of food systems, habits and culture on human, animal and environmental health. Experts from healthcare, environmental, veterinary and other disciplines will share groundbreaking new insights on the human, animal and ecological impacts of food and diet, including large-scale agriculture, plant-based diets and diet trends, antibiotics and pesticides in foods and more. Organizational leaders, M.D.s, D.V.M.s, public health specialists, ecologists, scientists, researchers, students and anyone who is interested in exploring the intersection of human and environmental health are invited to attend by registering at

Through informative, engaging sessions, attendees will join together to address vital questions including:

  • How do our diets impact human and environmental health?
  • How do our food systems affect environmental processes?
  • What are the agricultural impacts of climate change?
  • What are the direct impacts of plant-rich diets on human and non-human health?
  • How can the future of food embrace One Health solutions?

Phipps’ One Health One Planet Symposium will be held on Thurs., March 14 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Phipps, located at One Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, with an opening reception held on Wed., March 13 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Phipps. Register now through Mon., Feb. 11 to take advantage of an early-bird registration fee of $85 which includes the opening reception and symposium. A $74 option is available for symposium access only, with a $25 option available for opening reception networking access only. Student rates are also available. 

The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For a full list of speakers or to register, visit, where you can also access an archive of videos, presentations and more from the two prior years of One Health One Planet.



About One Health One Planet™: To build a shared interdisciplinary vision of “health” and serve as a catalyst for positive change, Phipps Conservatory brings together leaders to explore global and local environmental issues and their effects on human, animal and environmental health through the One Health Initiative. One Health is a movement that is forging a new level of collaboration among physicians, veterinarians, scientific-health and environmentally-related disciplines. Thought leaders across fields promote strategies to expand interdisciplinary understanding and communication in all aspects of healthcare for humans, animals and the environment. Learn more at

About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts nearly half a million visitors annually from around the world.  Learn more at