Lieberman presents Bovay Lecture March 1

Dr. Daniel Lieberman - Bovay Lecture
Daniel Lieberman, PhD (photo courtesy of Harvard University)

Daniel E. Lieberman, PhD, will present the 2024 Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Lecture at 11 a.m. March 1 in SRB 104 (Beth Robertson Auditorium at IMM).

Lieberman will present his lecture on “Why Exercise is Medicine? An evolutionary explanation for the effects of exercise on metabolism, inflammation, and other physiological processes that affect aging and disease.”

Lieberman is the Edwin M Lerner II Professor of Biological Science and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Harvard in 1986 (summa cum laude), before earning a master of philosophy degree from Cambridge University in 1987 and his PhD from Harvard in 1993.

Lieberman’s research combines experimental biomechanics and physiology, paleontology, and comparative anatomy to study how and why the human body is the way it is, with a focus on the evolution of physical activities such as walking and running and their relevance to health and disease. He also teaches a variety of courses on human evolution, anatomy, and physiology and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and three books.

The Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Lecture honors the life and work of Harry E. Bovay, Jr., distinguished visionary, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist, who made a significant contribution to The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases (IMM). His contribution helped bridge the gap between the laboratory bench and the patient bedside, between identifying the molecular causes of diseases and actually preventing them.