Spring 2023 - BISC 441 D100
Evolution of Health and Disease (3)
Class Number: 5985
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
Prerequisites:BISC 202 or 204 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 300.
Application of the principles and theories of evolution and ecology to the study of health and disease, with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on humans. Topics to be covered include the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease, the immune system, cancer, senescence, fetal programming, and the genetic/environmental bases of disease. The course will involve a combination of lectures by the primary faculty member teaching the course, discussions, student research projects (papers, written and revised, and presentations to the class), and specialist guest lectures.
Course Website: CANVAS
In this course you will learn how to apply evolutionary principles to the study of human health issues. You will learn the medically-relevant fundamentals from evolutionary theory, genetics, evolutionary ecology, and life history theory. Then you will apply this theory to the full spectrum of topics related to human health, including fetal development and fetal programming, reproductive health, genomic conflicts, diet, infectious disease, genetic and environmental disease predisposition, cancer, the microbiome, heart disease, senescence, psychiatric illness, and other issues. The course will be run as a combination of lectures and discussions.
- • Written assignments 20%
- • Exams 80%
Mode of Teaching
Lecture: synchronous (and will be recorded)
Exam(s): synchronous; dates TBA
Evolutionary Medicine by S. C. Stearns and R. Medzhitov, 2016
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