Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Health

Event Dates: 
Oct 14, 2016 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University
Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine

Summary
All living things are the product of evolutionary processes. Since the goals of the health sciences are to prevent disease, maintain health and treat illnesses, it follows that understanding of evolutionary mechanisms and processes in the context of human origins is of vital importance. New applications of evolutionary biology to medicine and health are developing fast, with special opportunities for contributions from anthropogeny. Exploring the constraints and trade-offs involved in the evolutionary transition to humans is crucial for understanding diseases of our species. This symposium brings together experts who discuss these advances as they apply to the prevention and treatment of various illnesses such as obesity and other metabolic diseases, sleep disorders, problems associated with reproductive health, and disorders resulting from inappropriate immune responses, viewed in the context of human origins.

In addition to our scholarly experts, award-winning rap artist and playwright, Baba Brinkman, takes the stage to perform select songs from his The Rap Guide to Medicine album.

Co-sponsored by the ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine

Event Sessions

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Date Media Session Title Speakers
Fri 10/14 File Welcome David Brenner, University of California, San Diego
Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
Fri 10/14 File Opening Remarks Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University
Fri 10/14 File Zoobiquity and "One Medicine" Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, University of California, Los Angeles
Fri 10/14 File Are there Human-Specific Diseases? Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Fri 10/14 File Evolving Milk Katie Hinde, Arizona State University
Fri 10/14 File Heart Disease in Hunter-Gatherers? Michael Gurven, University of California, Santa Barbara
Fri 10/14 File Homeostasis, Inflammation and Disease Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale School of Medicine
Fri 10/14 File Why Genes that Harm Health Persist Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University
Fri 10/14 File The Divided Child David Haig, Harvard University
Fri 10/14 File Adaptations to High Altitude Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve University
Fri 10/14 File Shining Evolutionary Light on Human Sleep and Health Charles Nunn, Duke University
Fri 10/14 File Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University
All Speakers
Fri 10/14 File A Rap Guide to Medicine Baba Brinkman, Community Member

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