A weekly Zoom meeting led by an expert in some evolutionary medicine-related topic centered around a paper, web resource, or dataset, with opportunities for brief presentation and then discussion. https://tricem.org/outreach-and-education/club-evmed
Friday, May 15th at 1pm ET: Harmful or helpful? Cytokine storms examined in light of evolution with Joe Alcock
A variety of therapies for COVID-19 are aimed at inhibiting the harmful consequences of a cytokine storm, defined as an exaggerated and out-of-control immune response. Cytokine storms assume that immune responses are often dysregulated and maladaptive, causing more harm than good. Several drugs are proposed to inhibit the cytokine storm in COVID-19, but will these drugs work?
Join us for a conversation with Joe Alcock, emergency physician and professor in the University of New Mexico Department of Emergency Medicine. He will discuss the evidence for immunomodulatory drugs for infection (reviewed here: https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7090247) and consider the concept of a cytokine storm in light of evolutionary medicine. Several evolutionary medicine concepts – the smoke detector principle, immune brinksmanship, mismatch, and cliff-edge effects may explain seemingly excessive immune responses. On the other hand, host-pathogen arms races may result in immune systems that are resistant to medical improvement. Sign up here for the meeting link: https://duke.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvceirrD8iGNyjreUITQ1ZTTz-6wyzmCA3.
Our next #ClubEvMed will be led by Alfonso Troisi: The behavioral immune system and fear of #COVID19. Join us this Thursday 5/7 at 12pm ET. Hope to see you there!
Register here for this Zoom meeting. All are Welcome.
Social distancing in the animal kingdom
Friday, May 1st at 1pm ET
Join us for a conversation with Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Dana Hawley, Professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. They’ll be leading a discussion on what we can learn from behaviors akin to social distancing in nature. They wrote a recent short popular science piece on this topic and also recommend that attendees read a review paper* by Valerie Curtis on this topic entitled “Infection-avoidance behavior in humans and other animals.”
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Join us (virtually) for Club EvMed! These regularly-held virtual meetings are styled around the idea of a journal club, with a different topic and discussion leader each time. Stay connected with the evolutionary medicine community during this time of social distancing by tuning in! You can also view previous webinars at our website.
Club EvMed: Ongoing Evolution of SARS-CoV-2: An Evolutionary Medicine Challenge for Research and Teaching
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:00pm EDT
Join us for a conversation with Vaughn Cooper, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Pittsburgh Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicine (CEBaM). His educational YouTube videos on the evolutionary biology (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHRGPzoFyEM) and the ongoing evolution of SARS-CoV-2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gCY9tP981I) have been viewed over 13,500 times and will form the basis for this evolutionary medicine conversation.
Sign up here to get the meeting link: https://duke.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZIvcu2srTgoPWuG60DSQxvH9ejgnDm41A. If you’d like to be notified about upcoming Club EvMed events, please sign up for the TriCEM email list: https://mailchi.mp/05d65b8d16a8/uavp10y8p0.
ISEMPH members are encouraged to join a conversation Wednesday at 2 pm EDT with Kevin Olival, Vice President for Research at EcoHealth Alliance, and Hongying Li, China Programs Coordinator at EcoHealth Alliance.
They’ll be leading a discussion on two recent papers: Li et al. 2019 “Human-animal interactions and bat coronavirus spillover potential among rural residents in Southern China” (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590053619300308) and Daszak et al. 2020 “A strategy to prevent future epidemics similar to the 2019-nCoV outbreak” (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590053620300161). Attendees are encouraged to participate in discussing the importance of One Health perspectives in understanding and preventing viral epidemics.
Sign up here to get the meeting link: https://duke.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJQodu-ppzgux6MUtVm9xxVR7Ir0xy7ZuA. If you’d like to be notified about upcoming Club EvMed events, please sign up for the TriCEM email list and selecting “yes” for Club EvMed notifications: https://mailchi.mp/05d65b8d16a8/uavp10y8p0.
If you missed last week’s Club EvMed on Teaching Evolution in the Time of COVID-19, you can access a recording at the Club EvMed archives here: https://tricem.org/education-and-outreach/club-evmed/.
We hope you can join us on Wednesday.