Your Body By Darwin talk by Jeremy Taylor

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"Body by Darwin" book coverYOUR BODY BY DARWIN-Jeremy Taylor

  • Monday, February 01, 2016
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Doctors often work to cure our ills as if we are malfunctioning machines and they are teams of skilled mechanics. But the human body is not a machine — it is a bundle of living material that has been produced over millennia through evolution by natural selection. Join author Jeremy Taylor for a closer look at how evolution shapes our health and transforms medicine.

Using compelling accounts from people trapped in the disease process together with examples of cutting-edge evolution-informed research in fields as wide apart as allergy and autoimmunity, cancer, dementia and heart disease, Taylor will show how an evolutionary understanding of our bodies is changing the way we understand the nature of disease and how we treat a number of medical conditions, and is influencing medical research.


Jeremy TaylorJeremy Taylor has spent a career in British science television where he produced a number of award-winning films. They include The Blind Watchmaker, with Richard Dawkins, for the BBC, which won the Royal Society’s Scitech prize for science documentary, and Mindreaders for Channel 4, which won Silver Prize at the British Medical Association Film Competition. His first book “Not a Chimp: The Hunt for the Genes That Made Us Human” was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. This lecture tour is based on his second book “Body by Darwin: How Evolution
Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine,” which was published in October 2015 by University of Chicago Press. Taylor will be selling and signing copies of “Body by Darwin” following his presentation.

Support for this presentation is provided by the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM).


WRAL 3D Theater
Nature Exploration Center
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States

Is Biodiversity Good for Human Health? A Debate at Duke University

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Many of the most newsworthy infectious disease outbreaks of today are harbored in wildlife, including Ebola, SARS coronaviruses, and Lyme disease. Evidence also suggests that risks from some types of infectious diseases are reduced when ecosystems are healthy and intact. What are the conditions under which biodiversity is “good” for human infectious disease risks, and when does biodiversity serve as a “spark” for emergence of disease in human populations? We will engage with this important topic in a debate format, focusing on views that engage biodiversity as a bene cial “ecosystem service,” versus the view that biodiversity comes with health risks that should be managed. e event will conclude with perspectives from local experts in conservation biology and infectious disease ecology.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016 | 5:00-6:30PM FIELD AUDITORIUM, DUKE ENVIRONMENT HALLEvent 2 - Biodiversity and Health

ISEMPH 2nd Annual Meeting in Durham, North Carolina

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Registration is now open for the ISEMPH 2nd Annual Meeting in Durham, North Carolina. The meeting will be held June 22-25, 2016. Deadline for Abstract submission and early registration is January 30, 2016. Plenary speakers for the 2016 ISEMPH Meeting are Andrea Graham (Princeton University), Carl Zimmer (New York Times), Helen Ball (Durham University, UK),Joshua Schiffman (University of Utah), Marion Koopmans (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), and Martin Blaser (New York University).

The program committee welcomes your abstracts for oral or poster presentations on all topics in the field of evolution, medicine, and public health. Deadline for abstract submission is January 30, 2016.

Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks: Unanticipated Adventures in One Health

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TriCEM is proud to be cosponsoring Dr. Tony L. Goldberg, PhD, DVM, MS,  on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for his talk title Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks:Unanticipated Adventures in One Health. The talk will occur at the the North Carolina Biotechnology Center 15 T.W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

Please find complete details, directions, and biography for Dr. Tony Goldberg in PDF at the following link




The evolution of human longevity and grandmother cognitive health

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Please join us at Duke University on October 16th 11:45 am to 12:45 pm for a special seminar by Moll Fox title “The evolution of human longevity and grandmother cognitive health.” The seminar will in Room 013 in the Biological Science Building.  Openings are available to speak with Dr. Fox.  Please email Lamonda Sykes at

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