March 30, 2016: “Evolution and Anti-Vaccination Rhetoric” Second year medical student Ellie Lastrapes will present original research on the connection between human evolution and parental belief in fraudulent anti-vaccination rhetoric, such as Andrew Wakefield’s retracted Lancet study and Jenny McCarthy’s claims. Time: 3pm
January 20, 2016: “Neanderthals and Allergies” The article to be discussed is “Introgression of Neandertal- and Denisovan-like Haplotypes Contributes to Adaptive Variation in Human Toll-like Receptors”.
November 30, 2015: “Human Mate Selection and Evolution” The article to be discussed “Variation in human mate choice” by Zietsch et. al.
October 23, 2015: “Evolution and Zoonotic Diseases” The article to be discussed is the chapter “The Lethal Gift of Livestock” from the book Guns, Germs, and Steel (pgs 195-214).
September 28, 2015: “Cancer Evolution“ The article to be discussed is “Evolutionary Determinants of Cancer.”
April 9, 2015: “Using Evolution to Predict Outcomes of Medical Intervention” The two articles to be discussed include: “The Evolution of Gender” and “Current Evolutionary Perspectives on Adolescent Romantic Relations and Sexuality.”
Mar 26, 2015: “Using Evolution to Predict Outcomes of Medical Intervention” The three articles to be discussed include: “Fever,” “The effect on mortality of antipyretics in the treatment of influenza infection: systematic review and meta-analyis,” and “Turning up the heat: immune brinksmanship in the acute-phase response.”
Jan 29, 2015: “Infectious Disease Evolution “ The articles to be discussed include: “Within the Enemy’s Camp: contribution of the granuloma to the dissemination, persistence and transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis” and “Origins and Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance.” We’ll be meeting in the Lions Building, Conference Rm 3 at 4 PM.
Nov 20, 2014: Current Environmental Mismatch with Evolved Human Traits with Dr. Trenton Holliday The articles to be discussed include: “The Perils of Being Bipedal” and “The Natural History of Human Gait and Posture.” Be sure to read the first paper! We’ll be meeting on the third floor of the LSU-HSC’s Medical Education Building (MEB) Lecture Room S6 from 4-5 pm. To learn more about Dr. Holliday, you can visit his website here.
Nov 10, 2014: Lecture by Dr. Raoult Ratard: “Preventing Antibiotic Resistance: The Louisiana Program” We’ll be meeting on the third floor of the LSU-HSC’s Medical Education Building (MEB) Lecture Room S4 from 4-5 pm.
Oct 14, 2014: Evolution and Embryological Development The articles to be discussed include: “The Great Leap Forward: the anatomic basis for the acquisition of speech and obstructive sleep apnea” and “The evolution of articulate speech: comparative anatomy of the oral cavity in Pan and Homo.” We’ll be meeting in the Lions Building, Conference Rm 1 at 4 PM.
Sept 11, 2014: The Human Microbiome The article to be discussed includes: “Cesarean section and development of the immune system in the offspring.” For a generalized review on the human microbiome and its relationship to disease and health, please check out this nice generalized review from the Mayo Clinic. We’ll be meeting in the Lions Building, Conference Rm 1 at 4 PM.
Aug 21, 2014: Foundations of Evolution in Relation to Medicine The two articles to be discussed include: “Evolution and Public Health” & “Emerging Viruses: The Evolution of Viruses and Viral Diseases.”