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LIR Event “Hibernation in Humans? What Hibernators Can Teach Us About Our Health”
October 25, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Join Biology Professor Courtney Kurtz as she presents. Hibernation is an extreme adaptation to the cold temperatures and low food availability of winter.
Many mammals hibernate, although humans are not among them. Recent research into hibernation has shown us, however, that the biology of hibernation can provide many insights into the development and/or treatment of several diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, muscle disuse atrophy and inflammatory bowel diseases. In the course, we will examine the unique biology of hibernation and how the study of hibernation can teach us something about these diseases.