Human Animal Interaction
Entitled “The Art and Sciences of Human-Animal Interaction” the conference featured a number of leading speakers, including talks and presentations by several WALTHAM scientists and collaborators, and a joint-session hosted by WALTHAM and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the US National Institutes of Health.
Dr Sandra McCune, HAI Programme Manager at WALTHAM, commented on Mars’ approach to this field of research:
“Mars is committed to advancing and sharing knowledge of the positive and lasting benefits of pet ownership on human health. Together with research partners, WALTHAM scientists drive industry-leading research in the field of HAI. We are therefore proud to have been involved in ISAZ 2012 – a renowned
international conference dedicated to fostering scientific dialogue and exchange.”
Ahead of the conference, WALTHAM also hosted a two day seminar from 9th-10th July for approximately 40 WALTHAM research partners and key opinion leaders from the field of HAI. The event promoted discussion on a range of HAI-related topics and showcased the leadership and credibility of WALTHAM in this area.
The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) was formed in 1991 as a supportive organization for the scientific and scholarly study of human-animal interactions. ISAZ is a non-profit, non-political organisation with a worldwide, multi-disciplinary membership of students, scholars and interested professionals.