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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative Seminar Series

Friday, September 7, 2018
Charles Nunn, PhD

The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.

Details about the September seminar/brainstorming session follow:

Date: September 24, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Trent Semans Center, Room 3025 (Classroom 3)

Seminar Title: "Shining Evolutionary Light on Human Sleep and Health”
Speaker: Charles Nunn, PhD
Professor of Evolutionary Medicine and Global Health, Duke University
Director, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)

Charles Nunn, PhD, is professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health at Duke University, and director of the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM). Dr. Nunn uses evolutionary approaches to understand and improve human and animal health. He and his research group investigate the ecology of infectious disease, the evolution of sleep, and the links between ecology, evolution and global health. They investigate these topics using phylogenetic methods, mathematical modeling, and fieldwork in Madagascar, Kenya and other locations. He is the author of Infectious Diseases of Primates: Behavior, Ecology and Evolution and The Comparative Approach in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology