4 PM Tuesday September 18th, in the School of Public Health I Auditorium, Room 1755
The first lecture in the series New Evolutionary Foundations for Medicine and Public Health will be by Gilbert Omenn, one of the University's most distinguished scientists, and a world leader in science policy. The lectures in this series are free and open to all.
Evolution and Public Health
Abstract: Evolution and its elements of natural selection, population migration, genetic drift, and founder effects have shaped the world in which we practice public health. Human cultures and technologies have modiﬁed life on this planet and have coevolved with myriad other species, including microorganisms; plant and animal sources of food; invertebrate vectors of disease; and intermediate hosts among birds, mammals, and nonhuman primates. Molecular mechanisms of differential resistance or susceptibility to infectious agents or diets have evolved and are being discovered with modern methods. Some of these evolutionary relations require a perspective of tens of thousands of years, whereas other changes are observable in real time. The implications and applications of evolutionary understanding are important to our current programs and policies for infectious disease surveillance, gene–environment interactions, and health disparities globally. (Based on the PNAS paper available at the lecture series website
Gilbert S Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (CCMB)
Professor of Molecular Medicine & Genetics,
Professor of Human Genetics
Research Professor , Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics
Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health