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May 17, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Dr. Randolph Nesse
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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Friday, May 17, 2019

Why has natural selection not rid our species of psychiatric disorders? We'll get answers from one of the founders of evolutionary medicine.

Why has natural selection left us so vulnerable to mental illness? The Founding Director of the Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University shares his revealing research.

Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.
Randolph M. Nesse is a physician, scientist and author who is notable for his role as a founder of the field of evolutionary medicine. He is professor of life sciences and ASU Foundation Professor at Arizona State University, where he became the Founding Director of the Center for Evolution and Medicine in 2014. He was previously a professor of psychiatry, professor of psychology and research professor at the University of Michigan where he led the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program and helped to establish one of the world’s first anxiety disorders clinics and conducted research on neuroendocrine responses to fear.

His research on the evolution of aging led to a long collaboration with the evolutionary biologist George C. Williams. Their co-authored book, Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine, inspired fast growth of the field of evolutionary medicine. His subsequent research has focused on how natural selection shapes mechanisms that regulate pain, fever, anxiety low mood, and why emotional disorders are so common. He also has written extensively about the evolutionary origins of moral emotions, and strategies for establishing evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine. Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry applies the principles of evolutionary medicine to mental disorders.

About Mental Health Awareness Month
This May, the Menlo Park Library is partnering with San Mateo County Health and other organizations throughout the area in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM).  Join us in the effort to increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.

This free event is made possible thanks to donations from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library