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Friday, September 8 • 10:40am - 11:20am
Schizophrenia: An Evolutionary Explanation for a Maladapted Modern Environment

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Severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia have been viewed in a negative light for years. Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease that has sparked searches for a cause to blame and a cure to eradicate. It is reasonable to wish to heal people when a disease state like this is interfering with their ability to live their lives. However, what if there were advantages to schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a recently evolved disease, likely promoted through selective pressure, and the human species must derive some benefit from this evolution. This presentation explores what we know about the evolution of schizophrenia, as well as implications for our modern-day world.

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Tiffany Turner

BSc, ND candidate
Tiffany Turner is a fourth year student at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine whose research career began with comparative genomics using software modeling to annotate genomes of very small creatures with names impossible to pronounce correctly. She currently specializes... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2017 10:40am - 11:20am PDT
220 Kane Hall