CEM faculty Nesse and Hinde speak in AAAS symposium

CEM faculty Nesse and Hinde speak in AAAS symposium

Sunday, February 14th at the 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Meeting, CEM Faculty Randolph Nesse and Katie Hinde will present in a symposium--

Evolutionary Biology Impacts on Medicine and Public Health

Evolutionary biology – our own, as well as that of microbial and cancer cells – is fundamental to solving problems in modern medicine and public health, such as the emergence of resistance to therapy, the search for effective therapies and preventions, and the rise in chronic disease. In some situations, applying evolutionary principles can reduce the spread or severity of illness or slow the emergence of resistance to therapy. In other situations, such as reproduction, sepsis, or dental disease, our evolutionary history may make us vulnerable to disorders. Speakers in this cross-cutting session include anthropologists, biologists, and physician-scientists who are using evolutionary principles to address health, optimal environments, vulnerability to disease, and treatment options across the human life cycle.

Organizer:  Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve University

Co-Organizer:  Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University


Katie Hinde, Harvard University
Optimizing Human Health: First 1000 Days in Evolutionary and Cultural Perspectives

 Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Evolution of Human Niche Construction?

Mervyn Singer, University College London
Critical Illness Is a (Mal)-Adaptive, Metabolic Response to Systemic Inflammation

Andrea Graham, Princeton University
Why Do Immune Systems Harm Their Bearers?

Robert A. Gatenby, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Cancer Treatment As Pest Management: Exploiting Evolutionary Dynamics to Optimize Therapy

Christina Warinner, University of Oklahoma
The Evolution and Ecology of Our Microbial Self

This symposium takes place 1:30pm-4:30pm in the Marshall Ballroom West (Marriott Wardman Park) Washington D.C.