Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series Back in Person Beginning January 13!
Published: Friday, December 17, 2021
The Whitney Laboratory is excited to announce the return of the Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series in spring 2022. The first lecture of the spring series will be Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines”. Cassandra Quave, PhD, Herbarium Curator and Associate Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University, will be the speaker.
This free lecture will be presented at the UF Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, in St. Augustine. Those interested also have the option of registering to watch via Zoom live the night of the lecture instead.
Registration Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kko_hkYdSb6pw_7YSgV6hQ
Plants are the basis for an array of lifesaving and health-improving medicines that we now often take for granted. In today’s world of synthetic pharmaceuticals, many people have lost this connection to the natural world. But ignoring the potential of medicinal plants could represent a missed opportunity to discover new medicines and protect against the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections.
In this live event, Dr. Cassandra Quave shares stories of her quest to discover nature’s next medicines. From flooded forests of the Amazon to isolated mountaintops in Albania and Kosovo, Dr. Quave’s search for natural compounds, long-known to traditional healers, could help save us all from the looming crisis of untreatable superbugs, as her acclaimed new book, The Plant Hunter, explains.
Book signing to follow the presentation.
Cassandra Quave, PhD, leads anti-infective drug discovery research initiatives and teaches courses on medicinal plants, food, and health at Emory University. Dr. Quave is a fellow of the Explorers Club, a former president of the Society for Economic Botany, and a recipient of the Emory Williams Teaching Award and Charles Heiser, Jr. Mentor Award. She is the co-creator and host of Foodie Pharmacology, a podcast dedicated to exploring the links between food and medicine. A leader in the field of medical botany, she has authored more than 100 scientific publications and her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and BBC Focus, as well as on PBS, NPR and the National Geographic Channel. She is author of the acclaimed new book, The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines.
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