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Evolution for Everyone: Shifting Gears in The Evolution of Infectious Diseases



Date and Time

Friday, March 23, 2012
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


  • Loutit Lecture Halls


Friday Mar 23 –There’s Always Something Too Big For Us and More All The Time: Shifting Gears in The Evolution of Infectious Diseases (Larry Lutwick, SUNY Downstate Medical School) 3:30 pm, LTT 102


Abstract: The human race has been plagued with a host of infectious diseases throughout the millennia including bacteria, protozoa, round and flat worms and viruses. This lecture will review a number of infections that have been introduced into man, both quite long ago and in the present day, to show how pathogens can evolve quite slowly or, often with human help, quite rapidly to cause human disease.


Bio: Dr. Lutwick is Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical School and Director of Infectious Diseases at the Brooklyn VA hospital. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters related to a variety of aspects of infectious diseases and has edited two books, one on tuberculosis and a more recent text on bioterrorism entitled “Beyond Anthrax: The Weaponization of Infectious Diseases” which is currently being expanded into a 2nd edition. He also works with the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED), an online, real-time surveillance system for outbreaks of infections in humans, animals and plants.


Robert O. Deaner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Grand Valley State University

2140 AuSable Hall

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401-9403  USA

Office: (616) 331-2423

Dept: (616) 331-2195

Fax: (616) 331-2480



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