Charles Nunn - Duke University

Shining Evolutionary Light on Human Health in Madagascar

    Date:  09/29/2022 (Thu)

    Time:  3:30pm- 5:00pm

    Location:  Seminar will be held on-site: Gross Hall 270

    Organizer:  Laura Satterfield

Meeting Schedule: (Not currently open for scheduling. Please contact the seminar organizer listed above.)

    All meetings will be held in the same location as the seminar unless otherwise noted.

    3:30pm - Seminar Presentation (3:30pm to 5:00pm)

    Additional Comments:  Abstract: Evolutionary medicine uses principles and perspectives of evolutionary biology to improve understanding, prevention, and treatment of disease. Evolutionary medicine is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on research from ecology and evolution, evolutionary anthropology, public health, medicine and more, yet it largely focuses on research in high-income countries. In this presentation, I will discuss my efforts to connect evolutionary medicine and global health through research in Madagascar. Working with Malagasy partners, we are investigating human and animal health in a rural village in northeastern Madagascar. I will discuss two major groups of projects. One set of projects considers how Malagasy lifestyles – and the ways these lifestyles are changing – influences health and disease. The other projects consider how human land use influences human-animal interactions and zoonotic disease risk. Throughout, I will draw attention to opportunities through the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), which runs at Duke and connects faculty across our nearby universities in evolutionary medicine research.