- This event is a production of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as part of their 2014 Plants and Human Health Science Cafe Series sponsored by The Center for Selective C-H Functionalization.
- The Science Cafe itself is free with admission to the Garden. Admission to the Garden is complimentary for Garden members and $18.95 otherwise.
- There is a Leapfrog Deal available this month for discounted admission.
- Reservations are not required.
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Medicines From Nature: Adventures of a Medical Ethnobotanist
Cassandra L. Quave, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine
Photo courtesy of Cassandra Quave.
Ethnobotany is the study of human interactions with plants. It has perhaps been best defined as the science of survival as it involves the study of plants used in our daily lives for food, medicine, shelter, art, and much more.
In this Atlanta Botanical Garden Science Café, Cassandra Quave will discuss her research on medicinal plants for the treatment of infectious disease. From remote regions of the Amazon to volcanic islands in the Mediterranean and isolated mountains in the Balkans, Quave has conducted fieldwork in some of the most biologically diverse regions of the planet. She will share some of her adventures as a medical ethnobotanist and explain how traditional knowledge may be the key to the discovery of new life-saving medicines.
About our speaker
Cassandra L. Quave holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the Emory University School of Medicine and Center for the Study of Human Health in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, where she leads drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food and health.
Dr. Quave currently serves as the President-Elect of the Society for Economic Botany, an international society with the mission of fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her three youngest science students: her children, aged 1, 6 and 8 years old.