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‘Father of evolutionary medicine’ to give Stark Lecture

Paul W. Ewald, professor of biology and director of evolutionary medicine at the University of Louisville, will pre-sent the Orton K. Stark Distinguished Lecture in Microbiology at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in 112 Pearson Hall. He will speak on “The Evolutionary Control of Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance among Diarrheal Diseases: Darwin in the Land of Ooze.”

Ewald, widely known as the father of a new discipline called evolutionary medicine, is author of Evolution of Infectious Disease, a book acknowledged as the watershed event for the emergence of this discipline.

In his book Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease, Ewald demonstrates that “modern plagues” such as heart disease and cancer cannot be well understood without an evolutionary perspective – and are as much the result of viruses and bacteria as of genetics and lifestyle.

In addition to his numerous research papers, Ewald also writes for general audiences in Scientific American and National Geographic. He is a frequent guest expert on radio and television, including National Public Radio and the PBS series “Nova.”

Ewald was the recipient of the first George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Sciences, a $100,000 prize awarded every other year by the Smithsonian Institution.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is in recognition of the late Orton K. Stark, founding chair of the department of microbiology.

Date Published: 03/11/2004
Volume: 23   Number: 28

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