Submitted 5 October 2016 by Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins
Join the live webcast! "Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Health" is the topic of a free public symposium co-sponsored by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) and the ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM) on Friday, October 14th (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Randolph Nesse (Arizona State Univ) and Ajit Varki (UC San Diego) 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 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 will bring together experts who will 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.
The symposium will close with a live performance by the renowned peer-reviewed scientific poet and rap artist Baba Brinkman performing “The Rap Guide to Medicine.”
Access the live webcast here on October 14: https://carta.anthropogeny.org/events/implications-anthropogeny-medicine-and-health
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