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Evolution and Medicine Lecture Series

Evolution and Medicine Lectures Series - Spring 2008

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the Office of Science Education (OSE) are partnering to present a lecture series, Evolution and Medicine - An Exploration of the Evolutionary Foundations of Contemporary Medical Research. An outstanding group of scientists will present noon-time lectures on evolution as it applies to their area of scientific expertise. The program is open to all NIH employees and to the public.

All lectures take place in Building 45, Natcher Balcony B, from noon to 1 p.m. An informal discussion period will follow. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available upon request. If you require this or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact OSE at least 5 days prior to the event at (E-mail), (Voice) 301-402-2470, or (TTY) 800-877-8339.

Evolution and Human Genetic Diversity: Tales from Africa
May 13, 2008
Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania

Evolution and the Concept of Species
May 27, 2008
Mohamed Noor, Duke University

Evolution and Biological Systems
June 10, 2008
Christopher Marx, Harvard University

The Evolution of Protein Structure and Function
June 24, 2008
Joe Thornton, University of Oregon

Evolution and Medicine Lecture Series Archives

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Evolution and the Origins of Life
April 4, 2007
Harold Morowitz, George Mason University (Run Time: 57 minutes)
Dr. Morowitz discusses how new knowledge of energy flow pathways can help elucidate the origins of life.


Evolution and Cooperation
April 11, 2007
Joan Strassman, Rice University (Run Time: 70 minutes)
Dr. Strassman integrates the approaches of evolutionary and molecular biology to explain what genes regulate cooperative processes, how biological systems control cheating, and how cells recognize non-clonemates.


Evolution and Gender
April 18, 2007
Joan Roughgarden, Stanford University (Run Time: 70 minutes)
Dr. Roughgarden uses gender theory to discuss the evolution of sexual behavior and show the difficulty of describing biology in binary terms. 


Evolution and Disease
May 2, 2007
Steve Stearns, Yale University (Run Time: 66 minutes)
Dr. Strearns uses evolutionary thinking to explain important medical issues, such as the prevalence of diabetes, maternal and infant health, and the development of live attenuated vaccines.



Evolution and Development
May 3, 2006
Rudolf Raff, Indiana University (Run Time: 59 minutes)
Dr. Raff speaks about the evolution of body form, a process that requires both the evolution of genes and developmental plans from egg to adult.


Evolution and Education
May 10, 2006
Brian Alters, McGill University (Run Time: 83 minutes)
Dr. Alters, a teacher of teachers, speaks about the influence of prior beliefs on how and what students learn.


Evolution and Genomics
May 24, 2006
Eric Green, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (Run Time: 78 minutes)
Dr. Green speaks about the use of evolution to decode the human genome and unravel the mysteries of genome function.


Evolution and Infectious Diseases
May 31, 2006
Robin Bush, University of California, Irvine (Run Time: 52 minutes)
Dr. Bush speaks about the use of phylogenetics to determine how pathogens evolve in response to host immune systems.


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