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Public Lecture Series featuring Zoltan Takacs

Nature-to-Medicine: In Search of Lifesaving Animals

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Nature's deadliest animals — snakes, scorpions, spiders — take 100,000 human lives a year, 6 times more than landmines. Yet the very same creatures are also the biggest lifesavers of the Animal Kingdom. Taken by 40+ million people, 20 medicines are derived from animal venoms for heart attack, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, and cancer and HIV pain, etc. — including 2 of the top 3 heart attack medicines, as well as the #5 most-prescribed medicine in the U.S.

This presentation is a science-driven, adventure-packed, high-octane, around-the-world research journey that reveals what it takes to travel to the last frontiers on Earth, team up with exotic tribes, face the unforgivable elements and armed criminals, to find the deadliest (yet often stunningly beautiful) animals... and still walk out alive. From Sudan to Fiji, from Brazil to Nepal it is never-ending obstacle course for the sake of science.

Along the journey are the first-hand experiences in tropical clinics, U.S. research labs and hospitals that reveal how animal venoms can be turned into medicines, what is their impact to date, and what is the full potential ahead for nature's deadliest molecules to save human lives. The lecture is vividly illustrated by first class visuals that tell the story — Zoltan is an accomplished wildlife photographer and videographer with various National Geographic credits.

Dr. Zoltan Takacs is a pharmacologist specializing in drug discovery from animal venoms. He is the founder and president of the World Toxin Bank project. He is a co-inventor of the designer toxin technology, a toxin-genomics drug discovery platform developed at the University of Chicago, and holds patent rights to scorpion toxin-derived drug leads for autoimmune diseases. Passionate about snakes and exploration since childhood, Zoltan has traveled to 145 countries, is an aircraft pilot, scuba diver, and wildlife photographer. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, was a researcher at Rockefeller University and Yale University before joining as a faculty at the University of Chicago. He served as an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University, he is a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer. Zoltan's work has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine, on the National Geographic Channel, BBC, ABC, PBS/NOVA, Rai3, and RTL.

Date: September 14th, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC student members, $5 with a valid student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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