Nobel Prize Season Special Public Lecture by Prof. Svante Pääbo


Monday, October 9, 2023 - 14:00 to 16:00


AIM UNIVERSE TEDAKO HALL (1-9-3 Nakama, Urasoe-shi, Okinawa)


OIST will host two special public lectures by Prof. Svante Pääbo, 2022 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, in October. Both lectures will be free to attend.

The direct ancestors of all present-day humans originated in Africa and spread out from there and the Near East 60,000 to 70,000 years ago. When they did so, they encountered the Neanderthals in western Eurasia and the Denisovans in eastern Eurasia, earlier forms of humans who became extinct about 40,000 years ago. Dr. Svante Pääbo’s group has identified genome sequences from Neanderthals and Denisovans. Dr. Pääbo will discuss how genetic variants inherited from Neanderthals and Denisovans influence our physiology and propensity for disease today. He will also discuss what the genomes of our extinct evolutionary relatives tell us about the origin and history of modern humans.

Date & Time: Monday, October 9, 2023 (national holiday), 14:00–16:00
Venue: AIM UNIVERSE TEDAKO HALL (1-9-3 Nakama, Urasoe-shi, Okinawa)
Admission Free / Registration Required

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