Learn about Zoobiquity from Dr. Natterson-Horowitz and science writer Kathryn Bowers as KPCC’s Sanden Totten welcomes them to the Crawford Family Forum. Beginning at 7:00pm.
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Heart failure, diabetes, breast cancer, obesity, fainting spells, depression… these serious health issues face doctors and their patients everyday… whether the patient is a human or a horse, a panda, a cheetah, a dolphin, an elephant. When cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz found during a consultation at the Los Angeles Zoo that a monkey experienced the same symptoms of heart failure as her human patients, she started on a path that significantly changed how she practiced medicine. She began researching to see if every condition she found in humans happened with animals, too. And usually, it did. According to Dr. Natterson-Horowitz’s findings, dinosaurs suffered from brain cancer, koalas can catch Chlamydia, jaguars develop breast cancer, dolphins can suffer from diabetes, stallions suffer from sexual dysfunction, dogs have PTSD, gorillas experience clinical depression - the list doesn’t stop there.
She started asking the question - can we better understand human health and illness if we learn from veterinarians and the animals they treat? Dr. Natterson-Horowitz thinks the answer is yes, and she brings to the human bedside this species-spanning approach from veterinary and evolutionary medicine. Zoobiquity is the name she and science writer Kathryn Bowers have given to this pan-species approach, a method that uses key connections between animals and humans to diagnose and treat patients of all species. Learn more about Zoobiquity from Dr. Natterson-Horowitz and Ms. Bowers as KPCC’s Sanden Totten welcomes them to the Crawford Family Forum on Wednesday, June 26. Do you think your problems are uniquely human? Think again.
Sanden Totten, KPCC’s reporter on all things science
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D.: co-author, Zoobiquity; cardiac consultant for the Los Angeles Zoo; member of the Zoo’s Medical Advisory Board; Director of Imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center; professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she lectures about cardiovascular physiology.
Kathryn Bowers: co-author, Zoobiquity; science writer and editor. She has taught writing at UCLA.
Come early and meet our four-legged friends, all of them anxious to make your acquaintance. Courtesy of the Pasadena Humane Society, on-site at 6:00 p.m. we’ll have several friendly, adoptable dogs and their human companions ready to say hello. Don’t miss this opportunity; you might just find a new buddy!
6:00pm – Meet our four-legged friends
7:00pm - Program
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
Books will be available for purchase pre and post-program, courtesy of Skylight Books.