Ethnomedicine Expert to Give Biology Lecture

Paul A. Cox will present new insights on ALS and Alzheimer's

By: Becky St. Clair

Years of research have given Cox a plethora of experience in ethnomedicine.

Walla Walla University welcomes Paul Alan Cox as the speaker for the 2008 Bryce J. Young Memorial Lecture sponsored by the WWU Department of Biological Sciences. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Cox’s presentation is entitled “Cyanobacteria, Cycads, and the Chamorro People: New Insights into ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease from Ethnobotany.”

As the executive director for the Institute for Ethnomedicine in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Cox’s research is focused on finding and fighting the causes of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cox received his doctorate degree in biology from Harvard University. He then taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Brigham Young University, and in Uppsala, Sweden, before serving as director of the U.S. National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawai’i and Florida.

In 1997, TIME magazine named Cox one of 11 “Heroes of Medicine” for his work in ethnobotanical drug discovery. He was also awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his efforts in preserving the Samoan rain forests. Cox has authored 3 books and written over 150 scientific publications.

For more information on Cox’s presentation on April 8 at Walla Walla University, contact the WWU Department of Biological Sciences at 509-527-2602.

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