Paul Ewald to Talk about Role of Germs in Chronic Disease

January 8, 2009


Darwin 2009: A Collaborative Celebration of Evolution marks both the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (February 12) and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his On the Origin of Species (November 24). Commemorative events are scheduled throughout greater Cincinnati.
Xavier invites everyone to a free presentation by Dr. Paul Ewald, “Emerging Diseases: How Darwinian Thinking Helps to Distinguish the Few Grave Threats from the Many Fizzers,” on Sunday, February 1, 2009 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center James & Caroline Duff Banquet Center on Xavier’s campus. Ewald asserts that many common diseases of unknown origin are the result of the presence of slowly acting infections caused by evolving viruses, bacteria or protozoa. For more information on his presentation, please call 513-745-3623.  
Ewald is Professor of Biology and Director of the Program on Disease Evolution at the University of Louisville and holds an appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine.  A principal founder of the discipline of evolutionary medicine, he has published extensively since 1980. He authored Evolution of Infectious Disease, widely acknowledged as a landmark in the discipline, laying down its application to the threat posed by influenza. His second book Plague Time integrated many of these ideas with our emerging understanding of the broad role of germs as causes of chronic diseases.
Ewald received his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of California and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington with a specialization in evolutionary biology.  He was the first recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Sciences, established to foster pioneering advancements in the health sciences. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, Ewald was on the faculty at Amherst College, where he held Assistant, Associate and Full Professorships and was the Dominic Paino Professor of Global Environmental Studies.  During this time he also held an adjunct appointment at the University of Massachusetts.
He has written many articles for scientific journals and popular magazines such as Natural History, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the London Times. He lectures extensively at college campuses and symposia around the world and has made approximately 200 appearances on television and radio.  

Local institutions participating in Darwin 2009 include: the College of Mount St. Joseph, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, the Society for Evolution Education, Sunrock Farm, Cincinnati Museum Center, and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.