Dr. Jorge Osorio and Calyn Ostrowski

UW-Madison’s GHI One Health Center in India

October 5, 12:00 PM

The One Health Centers offer a framework to move research out of the lab into real-world settings. When results are translated into action, partners can immediately assess the social, cultural, political and environmental effects of each intervention. Through these partnerships, UW students and trainees can broaden their understanding of health and disease; researchers can add depth and new dimensions to their projects, and the results will benefit Wisconsin as well as the world.

With One Health Centers in the Americas Africa and Asia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) offers new opportunities for UW faculty, staff, students and trainees to collaborate with local communities and colleagues in mutually beneficial partnerships.

The talk will focus on how through these partnerships, UW can share its knowledge and resources to advance scientific training, build capacity and alleviate the burdens of disease and climate change. Communities will contribute Indigenous wisdom and local needs, and in-country colleagues and universities provide on-the-ground expertise and frame important questions for research and intervention activities.

The centers advance animal, human and environmental health locally and globally through:

  • Conducting and supporting research and surveillance across disciplines, including emerging infectious diseases, climate change, air quality, cancer and more
  • Providing early detection of important pathogens
  • Building capacity and advancing scientific training through state-of-the-art laboratories and research networks
  • Developing vaccines and protecting people, animals and crops
  • Opening opportunities for UW faculty, staff and students, and Wisconsin industry
  • Addressing social issues related to One Health

About the Speakers

Jorge Osorio, Director, GHIJorge Osorio, DVM, Ph.D., M.S., is a professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Osorio has had a lengthy career in medical sciences, including virology, field epidemiological studies, vaccinology, antivirals and vector control programs. He is also the co-director of a Colombia-Wisconsin One Health Consortium, a joint effort between the University of Wisconsin and Universidad Nacional in Colombia that is studying emerging diseases and one-health issues. Osorio recently founded VaxThera, a Colombian-based company that will produce vaccines and biologicals for Colombia and the region. He was also a co-founder and chief Scientific officer of Inviragen, a biotechnology company that developed a novel chimeric tetravalent dengue vaccine that recently completed successfully Phase 3 clinical trials. He also developed vaccines against chikungunya, influenza, rabies, plague and many other emerging infectious diseases. Osorio also has served as vice president of Research and vice president of Government Affairs for the Vaccine Business Division of Takeda Pharmaceuticals. His industry career also included positions at Heska Corporation (Ft. Collins, Colorado), Merial LTD (Athens, Georgia), and Chiron-Powderject Vaccines (Madison, Wisconsin). He has more than 30 years of research and industry experience with more than 130 scientific publications in international journals and 32 patents.

Calyn Ostrowski, Associate Director, GHI

Calyn Ostrowski, MNO, is the associate director of strategic partnerships and development for UW-Madison’s Global Health Institute (GHI) where she leads philanthropic, research and academic partnerships to advance the interconnected issues of One Health. In 2022, Calyn led GHI’s research investigating industrial hemp’s versatility to advance the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to UW, she served as Managing Vice President for Business Development & Financial Empowerment at Summit Credit Union and executive director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions where she worked with cooperatives, trade associations and development partners to advance accessible financial services and products to communities worldwide. In 2008 – 2012, she managed the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Health Initiative — a top 10 global think tank — where she researched and facilitated policy-relevant dialogue events on the intersections of global health, maternal and reproductive health, equity and climate change to generate transdisciplinary solutions and catalyze global action for policymakers, civic leaders and public. Ostrowski holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a member of the Women’s Swimming and Diving team.