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Global perspectives on human biology and health

Global environmental variation produces variation in human biology around the world

Northwestern University

CHICAGO --- Three anthropology professors from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University will highlight recent research in biological anthropology Sunday, Feb. 16 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.

The presentations, part of the symposium "Comparative Advantage: Global Perspectives on Human Biology and Health" will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Crystal Ballroom A at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Christopher Kuzawa, professor of anthropology and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern, will present "You Are What Your Mother Ate: How Our Ancestors' Diets Shape Our Health."

William Leonard, chair and the Abraham Harris Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern, will present "The Metabolic Imperative: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Energy Dynamics."

Thomas McDade, professor of anthropology, faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research at Northwestern, will present "Is Chronic Inflammation a Disease of Affluence? Insights from Asia and Amazonia."

The presentations will draw on data collected from field sites in North and South America, Asia, the South Pacific and Africa to generate insights into human immune function, reproductive aging, nutrition and metabolism and chronic disease.


Source contacts:
Christopher Kuzawa at 847-467-4302 or
William Leonard at 847-491-4839 or
Thomas McDade at 847-467-4304 or


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