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'Zoobiquity' lecturers to explore link between human and animal health, healing

Friday, March 1, 2013

zoobiquityWhat does a flamingo’s heart attack, a dolphin’s diabetes or a jaguar’s breast cancer mean for you?

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn Bowers will present two free lectures about what animals can teach us about our health and the science of healing in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 13.

Their book, Zoobiquity, is about listening to and observing animal patients' experiences with health, and illness, to create a greater sense of respect across species and inform human treatments.

They will lecture at noon, Wednesday, March 13, at College of Veterinary Medicine’s Frick Auditorium, in Mosier Hall. The discussion, geared to students and professionals in health fields, will focus on how the veterinary approach in animals can inform and guide physicians challenged by the same issues in human patients.

A 7 p.m. lecture at Sunset Zoo’s Nature Exploration Center will highlight Dr. Natterson-Horowitz’s experiences at the Los Angeles Zoo and the connections the authors have made to the practice of human medicine.

Following the lecture, the authors will host a book-signing session.

Natterson-Horowitz is a cardiologist at UCLA Medical Center, a cardiac consultant for the Los Angeles Zoo, and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Bowers is a journalist and editor who taught writing at UCLA.

Funding for the events is provided by the College of Human Ecology, Department of Human Nutrition, the Friends of Sunset Zoo, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Academic Excellence Fund. Tona Melgarejo, associate professor in human nutrition whose research focuses on the discovery, characterization, and eventual clinical human application of natural antibiotics from animal origin, spearheaded efforts to bring the authors to Manhattan.

Learn more about the book at Zoobiquity.com. For more information about the presentation contact Sunset Zoo at SunsetZoo.com or 785.587.APES(2737).

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Friday, March 1, 2013, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.