Symposium Announcement

Peter Rauch anamaria at GRINNELL.BERKELEY.EDU
Fri Mar 6 13:55:27 CST 1998

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Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 16:41:59-0400
From: Joel Cracraft <jlc at>

Colleagues: Francesca Grifo and I would appreciate it very much if you
would distribute the following message to the TAXACOM mailing list.
Thanks, Joel

>The Value of Plants, Animals, and Microbes to Human Health
>April 17 and 18
>American Museum of Natural History
>We all depend on biodiversity--the variety of living things, from
>microscopic species to vast ecosystems. Preserving biodiversity helps to
>control the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, and to protect the
>quality and quantity of our air, food, and water supplies.
>This two-day symposium explores how plants, animals, and microbes provide
>crucial models for medical research and sources of new medicines.
>Maintaining the critical relationship between viable ecosystems and human
>life involves negotiating the balance between ecosystem protection and
>resource use so that we do not eliminate the very diversity that sustains
>This Symposium is sponsored by the Center for Biodiversity and
>Conservation, American Museum of Natural History; the Center for Health and
>the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School; the United Nations
>Environment Programme; and the Fogarty International Center, National
>Institutes of Health.

>Registration is requested by April 1, 1998. Due to limited seating, you are
>advised to register early. Overflow will be accomodated by video simulcast.
>Attendees are asked to make their own arrangements for travel and lodging.
>Code: CBC98SS
>Fee:   $65 for both days ($60 AMNH members, $25 students)
>       $40 for one day only ($35 AMNH members, $20 students)
>Central Reservations, American Museum of Natural History
>Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192 USA.
>Friday, April 17
>8:00am Registration and Coffee
>9:00   Welcome Ellen V. Futter
>       President, American Museum of Natural History
>       Introduction
>Eric Chivian, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical
>School; Joanne Fox-Przeworski, United Nations Environment Programme;
>Francesca Grifo, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum
>of Natural History; Joshua Rosenthal, Fogarty International Center,
>National Institutes of Health
>I. Keynote Address
>9:15   "The Biodiversity Crisis-A Status Report"
>       TBA
>II. Species as Sources of New Medicines
>9:45   Overview and Moderator    Francesca Grifo
>10:00  Biodiversity and Traditional Medicines
>       Maurice Iwu*, BDCP, Nigeria
>10:20  Natural Sources for Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medicines
>       David Newman, National Cancer Institute
>10:40  Coffee Break
>11:00  Taxols and Other Natural Compounds as Models for Synthetic Drugs
>       Iwao Ojima, State University of New York at Stony Brook
>11:20  Panel Discussion: Case Studies
>       - Animal Sources for Medicines: Anti-platelet Agents and Snake Venoms
>       Robert Gould, Merck & Co
>       - Microbes and Antibiotics
>       Dennis Schmatz, Merck & Co.
>       - Drugs from Marine Species
>       William Fenical, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
>12:10pm        Questions from the Audience
>12:30  Luncheon Speaker TBA
>III. The Importance of Species to Medical Research
>2:00   Overview    Eric Chivian
>2:15   Panel Discussion: Neurotoxins, Neurophysiological Research, and
>Drug                   Development
>       Moderator    Bruce Bean, Harvard Medical School
>       - Toxins from Dart-Poison Frogs
>       Edson X. Albuquerque, University of Maryland School of Medicine
>       - Medicines from Dart-Poison Frogs
>       Mike Williams, Abbott Pharmaceuticals
>       - Toxins from Cone Snails
>       Baldomero M. Olivera, University of Utah Biology Department
>       - Medicines from Cone Snail Toxins
>       George Miljanich, Neurex Corporation
>3:30   Bears, Osteoporosis, and Renal Failure
>       Ralph A. Nelson, University of Illinois College of Medicine
>3:50   Coffee Break
>4:10   The Immune Systems of Sharks
>       John J. Marchalonis, University of Arizona College of Medicine
>4:30   Insulin Control of Metabolism Across Phylogeny: Implications for
>Drug           Discovery
>       Gary Ruvkun, Massachusetts General Hospital
>4:50   Novel Enzymes from Thermophilic Bacteria    TBA
>5:10   Questions from the Audience
>Saturday, April 18
>8:00am Coffee
>IV. Ecosystems and the Control of Infectious Disease
>8:45   Overview    Paul R. Epstein, Harvard School of Public Health
>9:00   Ecology and Lyme Disease
>       Richard S. Ostfeld, Institute of Ecosystem Studies
>9:20   Deforestation, Malaria and Infectious Diseases
>       David H. Molyneux, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
>9:40   HIV and the Degradation of African Rain Forests
>       Jaap Goudsmit, University of Amsterdam Academic Medical Center
>10:00  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and Hemorrhagic Fevers
>       Stephen Morse, Columbia University
>10:20  Coffee Break
>10:40  Nutrient Discharge and Pfiesteria piscicida
>       Joann Burkholder, North Carolina State University
>11:00  Marine Ecosystem Disturbance and Cholera
>       Rita Colwell, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute
>11:20  Questions from the Audience
>11:45  Luncheon Speaker "Conservation - An International Perspective"
>       Gro Harlem Brundtland*, World Health Organization
>V. Ecosystem Services and Life Support Systems
>1:15pm Overview    Joshua Rosenthal
>1:30   Biodiversity and Agriculture
>       Alison G. Power, Cornell University
>1:50   Freshwater Ecosystem Services
>       Sylvia M. LeBlancq, Columbia University School of Public Health
>2:10   Marine Ecosystem Services
>       Carl Safina, National Audubon Society
>2:50   Biodiversity and Mental Health    TBA
>3:10   Questions from the Audience
>VI. Where Do We Go From Here?
>3:50   Overview    Joanne Fox-Przeworski
>4:05   Population Growth, Resource Use, and Biodiversity
>       Robert Engelman, Population Action International
>4:25   The Global Biodiversity Assessment    TBA
>4:45   Valuing Nature
>       Calestous Juma, Convention on Biological Diversity
>VII. Concluding Keynote Address
>5:10   David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation
>* invited

>Lunch is provided.

Francesca T. Grifo, Ph.D.                     e-mail: grifo at
Director                                      phone:  212-769-5742
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation      fax:    212-769-5292
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York City, New York 10024

Joel Cracraft
Department of Ornithology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024

Phone: (212) 769-5633
Fax:   (212) 769-5759
e-mail: JLC at
        cracraft at

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