For Immediate Release: Thurs., Feb. 7

Contact: Julie LaBar | Director of Marketing and Communications
412/638-6008 ǀ jlabar@phipps.conservatory.org

Tickets on Sale for National 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 the 2019 One Health One Planet™ Symposium: One Health and the Future of Food to be held March 13 – 14 in Pittsburgh, bringing together hundreds of attendees to explore the effects of food systems, habits and culture on human, animal and environmental health. 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 phipps.conservatory.org/OneHealth.

During this year’s symposium on One Health and the Future of Food, 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. Featured speakers include:


  • Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P. — Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine
  • Caroline West Passerrello, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N., C.L.T. — Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D. — Senior Scholar, Chatham University
  • Selena Ahmed, Ph.D. — Principal Investigator, Agroecology and Ethnobotany Group of the Food and Health Lab, Montana State University
  • Neil Clancy, M.D. — Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • David Galligan, V.M.D., M.B.A. — Professor of Animal Health Economics, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Royer — Director, Agriculture and Environment Center, College of Agricultural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Meghan O'Rourke — Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Production Systems, Global Change Center, Virginia Tech
  • Kathryn Michel, B.A., D.V.M., M.S., M.S.E.D. — Professor of Nutrition and Associate Dean of Education, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Parkinson, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M. — Senior Medical Director, Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan and WorkPartners
  • Anja Mikic — Nourishment Concept Lead, International WELL Building Institute™
  • Dr. Bonnie Buntain, M.S.c., D.V.M., D.(E).A.B.V.P., D.A.C.V.P.M. — One Health Consultant, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Alice Julier — Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Food Studies, Chatham University
  • Elizabeth Fox, Ph.D. — Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

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 more information or to register, visit phipps.conservatory.org/OneHealth, 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 phipps.conservatory.org/OneHealth.

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 phipps.conservatory.org.

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