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Explorer to Discuss Animal Self-Medication


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - An Amazon explorer who is researching the way wild chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys use plants as medicine will speak next week at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Dr. Eloy Rodriguez, an endowed professor and biological chemist at Cornell University, will speak on the "Biological Chemistry of Amazonian and African Rainforest Natural Drugs."

His work focuses on zoopharmacognosy--animal self-medication. He believes primates in the wild use natural chemicals from plants to control certain parasites, and that discoveries in this area could lead to the development of new medicines used to treat human illnesses.

Rodriguez has written more than 150 published articles and one book on his research in Africa and South America. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was honored as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States.

Rodriguez is the James A. Perkins Professor of Environmental Science at Cornell. Each year, he takes about 20 Cornell undergraduates on a research trip to the rainforest.

He has worked extensively in Venezuela and East Africa. Rodriguez earned his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and taught at the University of California at Irvine before joining Cornell in 1994.

Rodriguez will speak when the American Chemical Society's Syracuse Section meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Marshall Hall auditorium on the ESF campus.