Memory and Aging Center Grand Rounds

“Grandparent Genes: Biological Consequences of Humans Culture?”

Pascal Gagneux, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Anthropology
University of California, San Diego



Attendees will learn to:

  • Elucidate how humans are bizarre in that our evolutionarily derived life histories contain both a prolonged childhood and a long post-reproductive lifespan;
  • Further point to fundamental differences between human and animal cultures, as human culture is cumulative and built on a ratcheting collection of ideas, transmitted efficiently with the help of language;
  • Address how the generally accepted view of natural selection (strong early in life and virtually absent late in life) can change when post-reproductive individuals can transmit important cultural information to the young, and in so doing open up older age for natural selection to operate on cognitive maintenance, via kin-selection in their younger relatives.


  • Planners: Lawren VandeVrede, MD, PhD; Bruce L. Miller, MD; Howard J. Rosen, MD; and Eleanor O’Brien have stated they have no relationships to disclose.
  • Speaker: Dr. Gagneux will disclose relevant relationships at the beginning of his talk.

Accreditation: The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The above credit is inclusive of all Memory and Aging Center Grand Rounds sessions offered July 2018 through December 2018. (1 credit per each 1-hour grand rounds session throughout the year).

NOTE: You must sign in to qualify for CME Credit

Grand Rounds presentations are for educational purposes and intended for a professional audience. This activity is not commercially supported.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00am to 9:00am

Rock Hall, Pottruck Auditorium, RH 102
1550 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158


School of Medicine


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff


Mission Bay


neuroscience, neurology, geriatrics


Department of Neurology, Memory and Aging Center, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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