Santa Fe Institute

Zoobiquity: What Dolphin Diabetes Can Teach Us About Human Health

Community Event

May 30, 2013
7:30 PM
James A. Little Theater

Zoobiquity: What Dolphin Diabetes Can Teach Us About Human Health

Dinosaurs suffered from brain cancer, arthritis, and gout. Koalas catch Chlamydia. Gorillas experience clinical depression. Stallions self-harm in a way that correlates to “cutting” for human patients. Animals and humans get the same diseases, yet physicians and veterinarians rarely talk. Drawing on the latest in medical and veterinary science, as well as evolutionary and molecular biology, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz proposes an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to physical and behavioral health for doctors treating patients of all species, and shows us how animal medicine might help us all feel better.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., is Professor of Medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of Imaging for the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Director of the Zoobiquity Research Initiative at UCLA, and Co-Director of the UCLA Evolutionary Medicine Program.  In addition to her expertise in cardiology, she also is a psychiatrist. Dr. Natterson-Horowitz completed her psychiatry residency and served as Chief Resident at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She combines her training in psychiatry and cardiology to focus on the relationship between psychological states and heart disease. She also serves as a cardiovascular consultant to the Los Angeles Zoo as a member of its Medical Advisory Board. She has provided medical consultation and imaging services to the zoo’s veterinarians, assisting with many patients representing various mammal and non-mammal species.

Dr. Natterson-Horowitz completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College and received a Master’s degree from Harvard University. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

 Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank

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Purpose: Community Event

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

  • * SFI community lectures are free, open, & accessible to the public.
  • * Seminars & colloquia are geared for scientists but free & open to the interested public.
  • * All other SFI events are by invitation only.
  • * Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI's limited lunch service; you're welcome to bring your own.

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