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Drs. Charles Bradley and Elizabeth Grice receive 2017 One Health Award

By: John Donges Published: Mar 22, 2018

Dr. Charles bradley, Dr. Elizabeth Grice, and Dean Joan HendricksOn November 8, during the Microbiome Symposium, Penn Vet’s Dr. Charles W. Bradley, V’09, and Dr. Elizabeth A. Grice of the Perelman School of Medicine were named the 2017 recipients of Penn’s One Health Award—recognizing their exemplary interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health care for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment. The One Health Award was established in 2013 by the deans of Penn Medicine, Penn Nursing, Penn Dental Medicine, and Penn Vet.

Research conducted by Bradley and Grice has uncovered important insights about the skin microbiome of atopic dermatitis (AD) in dogs compared to humans. Canine AD shares important features of the human version, making dogs an excellent clinical model. The research revealed that there is a correlation between the skin’s barrier function, the immune system, and the composition and diversity of bacterial colonization during flares. The hope is that insights gained from this and future studies will enable clinicians to treat AD by altering the skin’s microbiome without antibiotic use.

“We are delighted to recognize the extraordinary research collaborations throughout the University that advance the One Health initiative,” said Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks. “Drs. Bradley and Grice exemplify the spirit of One Health by working to advance the knowledge base for the same skin disease across species. They are also superb in their focus on publicizing the One Health approach in their presentations at scientific and medical conferences.”

Bradley is an Assistant Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathobiology at Penn Vet. His research interests are focused on dermatopathology and the role of the microbiome in skin disease, particularly canine AD.

“This award is a true honor, and it symbolizes the interdisciplinary support and friendships that have grown out of our work, across campus and health systems,” Bradley said.

Grice is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Microbiology at Penn Medicine. Her research focuses on host-microbe interactions of the skin and elucidating their roles in skin health, disease, and wound healing.

“We strive to embrace One Health in all lines of research in the lab, recognizing its impact on not only human medicine, but on animals and the environment,” she said.