2008 American College of Epidemiology Meeting Program 
"Dawn of Evolutionary Epidemiology: 
Applying Evolutionary Theory in an Epidemiologic Context" 
September 14-16, 2008

The meeting is at The Westin LaPaloma Resort & Spa
3800 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718

For a special ACE room rate please contact The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa 
 directly at (520) 742-6000

Saturday September 13 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Pre-meeting Workshops 
"Research Ethics in Studying Genes and the Environment in Diabetes among Ethnic Minorities"

Sunday, September 14

(Pre-Meeting Workshops from 8:30am -4:30pm)

8:30 am -12:00 pm

"Introduction to Genome wide association studies" (GWAS)

  1. "Essentials of Genome Wide Association Studies for Epidemiologists" (Tasha Fingerlin,University of Colorado)
  2. "Genome Wide Association Studies of Type II Diabetes and Associated Traits" (Michael Boehnke, Richard J. Cornell Collegiate Professor, Director Center for Statistical Genetics, University of Michigan)
  3. "Genome Wide Association Studies for Cardiac Repolarization and Sudden Cardiac Death" (Aravinda Chakravarti, Director Center for Complex Disease Research, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University)

8:30 am -12:00 pm

"What is Evolutionary Epidemiology?" (Chris Reiber, Binghamton University)

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

"Measuring Our Success: Evaluating Impact of Epidemiologic Findings in the Age of Genome Wide Association Studies" (Debbie Winn, Moderator. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute )

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

"Evolution and Surveillance" (John H. Holmes, University of Pennsylvania)

3:00pm-4:30 pm

The NIH Grant Review Process (Sandra Melnick Seitz, National Institutes of Health)

5:00 pm-9:00pm

Host Reception

5:30 pm

Evolution, How it Works and Why Epidemiologists Should Care" (Randolph Nesse, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director, Evolution and Human Adaptation Program,University of Michigan )

6:15 pm

Evolutionary Jeopardy - Join us for a fun interactive activity and test your knowledge of evolutionary theory

Monday September 15

8:00 am-8:15 am

Greetings from Iman Hakim, Dean of Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; greetings from G. Marie Swanson, Professor, School of Medicine, Indiana University& Program overview by Betsy Foxman, Program Chair

8:15 am-8:45 am

"Savages, Stereotypes and Evolutionary Theory: A Brief History of Science and the Western Racial Imagination" (Robert A. Williams, E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies & Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program)

8:45 am- 10:30 am

"Disease, Evolution and Epidemiology" (Randolph Nesse, University of Michigan, moderator)

  1. "A Genomic View of Human History: Epidemiology Reveals Human Evolution" (Mary-Claire King, PhD, American Cancer Society
    Professor, Departments of Medicine and Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle).
  2. "Evolution and Genetic Epidemiology in Admixed Populations" (Neil Risch, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Director, Institute for Human Genetics, University of California, San Francisco)
  3. "Are There Genes for Hypertension? A Gene-environmental Conspiracy" (Aravinda Chakravarti , Director Center for Complex Disease Research, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University)

10:30 am BREAK 10:45 am-12:15 pm

What can evolutionary theory tell us about health disparities?" (G. Marie Swanson, Professor, School of Medicine, Indiana University moderator)

1."Understanding the power of ethnicity in explaining health disparities" (Kathryn Coe, Associate Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health)

2."A Genetic Basis for Health Disparities in Common, Complex Lung Diseases" (Kathleen Barnes, Johns Hopkins University)

12:15 pm


  1. Career Mentoring Forum  ( Mentoring Committee)
  2. Writing and submitting a manuscript: Who, What, How, and Where? (Publication Committee)
  3. Ethics in Epidemiology:Focus on Research Integrity (Ethics Committee)
  4. **Departmental Chair Luncheon (All Chairs of Epidemiologic Departments are invited)

1:30 pm-3:00 pm

"Co-evolution of Microbes and Man" (Betsy Foxman, University of Michigan, moderator)

  1. " Adaptations, costs, and benefits of Helicobacter pylori colonization of the human stomach " (Martin Blaser, Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine; Professor of Microbiology)
  2. "Public Health and Public Goods: Evolution, Epidemiology, and Economics" (Carl T. Bergstrom, Department of Biology, University of Washington)
  3. "Evolution-proofing Public Health Interventions: The Case of Malaria" (Andrew Read, Professor of Biology and Entomology, Pennsylvania State University)

3:15 pm- 4:30 pm

"Policy developments shaping the practice of epidemiology in the age of GWAS". (Trisha Hartge, National Cancer Institute, moderator)


  1. " The NIH Overview Perspective", Teri Manolio, Director, Office of Population Genomics Senior Advisor to the Director, NHGRI,
  2. “The Researcher’s Perspective” - Fernando Martinez, Swift-McNear Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Arizona Respiratory Center at University of Arizona
  3. The Editor’s Perspective”, Richard Rothenberg, Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Epidemiology
  4. “An Epidemiology Department Chair’s Perspective” , Jon Samet, Professor Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

4:30 pm

Poster session

6:30 pm

Reception honoring ACE Fellows and Epidemiology Chairs. All are welcome!

Tuesday September 16

7:30 am

Breakfast Round tables

  1. The progress on the National Board of Public Health Examiners certification test (J. Jackson Barnette, PhD,Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs Colorado School of Public Health)

8:30 am

"Presidential Address" (Nancy Kreiger, Cancer Care Ontario,President, ACE)

8:45 am

"Student Prize Paper Presentation" (TBA)

9:00 am

"Transborder Collaborations in Environmental Toxicology" ( Joaquin Ruiz, Professor of Geosciences and Dean, College of Science, The University of Arizona)

9:30 am -11:00 am

"Life History Traits and Epidemiology" (Kathyrn Coe, Associate Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, moderator)

  1. "Evolutionary Perspectives on the Epidemiology of Neurodevelopmental Disorders" (Ezra Susser, Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology and New York State Psychiatric Institute Professor. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University)
  2. "Reproductive Effort and Epidemiology " (Peter T. Ellison, John Cowles Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University )
  3. "The Fetal Origins of Adult Health: Intergenerational Inertia in Aadaptation and Disease" (Chris Kuzawa, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University)

11:00 am


11:15 am-12:30 pm

"Point, Counterpoint: Genes and infection, Genes and Environment" ( Chris Reiber, Binghamton University, moderator)

  1. "Studies of Gene-environment Interactions and Cancer: Historical Perspective and Lessons Learned" (Nat Rothman, Senior Investigator, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute)
  2. "Evolution and 0ncogenesis: the Interplay of Genes, Germs, and Mmutagens" (Paul Ewald, Director, Program in Evolutionary Medicine, University of Louisville)

12:30 pm

Awards Luncheon

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