Research and Integrative Projects
The ambition of the One Health EJP is to align European countries through joint priority setting in the domains of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats, and joint programming of research agendas.
Our approach is to set up a common strategic research agenda among the partners, taking into account the initiatives taken by EFSA, ECDC and the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE). Also, through the existing links with the Programme Owners (national/regional authorities and policy makers) national interests are taken account of in the EJP strategy.
There is considerable opportunity for harmonization of approaches, methodologies, databases and procedures for the assessment and management of food-borne hazards, emerging threats and AMR across Europe, which will improve the quality and compatibility of information for decision making.
The Joint Research and Integrative Projects (JRP and JIP) are good instruments to make partner organizations work together and align their approaches. This will result in an increased knowledge of host-microbe interactions, improved epidemiological studies and risk assessments and will provide risk managers with the best options for intervention measures.
Research activities will be developed in the three research domains foodborne zoonoses (FBZ), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and emerging threats (ET), and will be related to the five thematic areas, i.e. analytical methods, host-microbe interaction, epidemiology, risk assessment and intervention.
For FBZ, the research scope includes bacterial, viral, prionic, fungal and parasitic pathogens as well as toxins produced by foodborne pathogens. AMR will be related to both pathogenic and commensal bacteria. Research on ET may be related to both foodborne and non-foodborne zoonoses and priority will be given to threats emerging during the term of the One Health EJP.
The JRPs and JIPs which are currently in progress are summarised below:
Muna F Anjum
Steven Van Borm