Please join us for an inspiring presentation by award-winning author Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. at the Fox Theatre and learn about the astonishing connection between human and animal health. This event is free to the public and sponsored by Tucson Medical Center. The University of Arizona Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program joins us in hosting this event.

Do animals overeat? Get breast cancer? Have fainting spells? Inspired by an eye-opening consultation at the Los Angeles Zoo – which revealed that a monkey experienced the same symptoms of heart failure as her human patients – cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz embarked upon a project that would reshape how she practiced medicine.

Dr. Natterson-Horowitz began examining every affliction that she encountered in humans to learn whether it happened with animals, too. And usually, it did: dinosaurs suffered from brain cancer, koalas can catch chlamydia, reindeer seek narcotic escape in hallucinogenic mushrooms, stallions self-mutilate, and gorillas experience clinical depression. She and collaborator Kathryn Bowers coined the term zoobiquity to describe this pan-species approach to medicine.

Note to healthcare professionals: This lecture will qualify for Continuing Education credit for doctors and nurses. Please select  “Adult Ticket with CEU Credit” when registering to receive required certification materials.

This event is presented by Reid Park Zoological Society and The University of Arizona Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 West Congress. The lecture is free, but advance registration is required. Subject matter may include explicit medical details and may not be suitable for children under 14. Concessions will be open at the Fox Theatre during this event. A ticket is required for each attendee; please print your tickets from the email confirmation you will receive after your registration is complete. Click on Ticket to make your reservation.

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Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She holds a professorship in the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is the Co-Director of the Evolutionary Medicine Program at UCLA. In 2012, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nature, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among others.