Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Health
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.
Media for each talk can be played by clicking on icons in the "Media" column, or by clicking on the individual talk titles below and then the attachment file at the bottom of the page.
David Brenner, University of California, San Diego
Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
|Fri 10/14||Opening Remarks||Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University|
|Fri 10/14||Zoobiquity and "One Medicine"||Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, University of California, Los Angeles|
|Fri 10/14||Are there Human-Specific Diseases?||Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine|
|Fri 10/14||Evolving Milk||Katie Hinde, Arizona State University|
|Fri 10/14||Heart Disease in Hunter-Gatherers?||Michael Gurven, University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Fri 10/14||Homeostasis, Inflammation and Disease||Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale School of Medicine|
|Fri 10/14||Why Genes that Harm Health Persist||Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University|
|Fri 10/14||The Divided Child||David Haig, Harvard University|
|Fri 10/14||Adaptations to High Altitude||Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve University|
|Fri 10/14||Shining Evolutionary Light on Human Sleep and Health||Charles Nunn, Duke University|
|Fri 10/14||Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks||
Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University
|Fri 10/14||A Rap Guide to Medicine||Baba Brinkman, Community Member|