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The Search for Botanical Gold

Audrey H. O’Connor Lecture
11/06/2013 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University
Manuel Aregullin, Senior Research Associate, Departments of Plant Biology & Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University
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Dr. Manuel Aregullin’s lecture will focus on current thoughts on the anthropological origins of the use of medicinal plants by humans based on observation of animal feeding behavior and plant use, and recent archeological findings in prehistoric sites that shed light on the Neanderthal diet. He will discuss the critical role that ethnobotany has played in the development of current drugs for the treatment of important diseases with emphasis on indigenous African practices and Amerindian medicinal plants. Dr. Aregullin will discuss the search for novel plant chemicals in the development of drugs for the treatment of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.