Campus News 2012

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2012

Crate Lecture: Choose your parents well

Anthony Comuzzie, a genetic epidemiologist, will give the Harry Crate Lecture at Schreiner University at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the second-floor ballroom of the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the Schreiner campus. His topic will be “Choose your parents well: The genetic and environmental contribution to cardiometabolic disease.”

Comuzzie is a member of the faculty at Texas Biomedical Research Institute Department of Genetics and is group leader, Chronic Disease and Genomics, at Southwest National Primate Research Center, both in San Antonio. His current research focuses on the effect of a high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet on public health, using baboons as subjects. Baboons and humans have 90 percent of their DNA in common.

He and his team found that such a diet quickly resulted in distinct changes in key biomarkers known to be related to heart disease and diabetes. They also found that sugar exacerbated a fatty diet’s effects on such things as cholesterol and triglycerides.

The Crate Lectures are sponsored by Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning and are free and open to the public. For more information about CIL programming, visit the Schreiner website at

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