09/18 Omenn on Public Health

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.

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

Professor Omenn served as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from 1997 to 2002. He was formerly Dean of the School of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Washington, Seattle. He served as Associate Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget, in the Executive Office of the President in the Carter Administration.  He is a member of the Council and leader of the Plasma Proteome Project for the international Human Proteome Organization. He is Past President (2005-2006) and Past Chairman of the Board (2006-2007) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  (from Wikipedia)

Randolph Nesse,
Sep 16, 2012, 6:09 PM