SXSW 2017

Racing Climate Change to Cure Neglected Diseases


2016 was a devastating year for coral reefs with as much as 93% of the corals in the Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching due to warming oceans. The devastation threatens global food supplies, highly valuable tourist industries and coastline communities, but an untold tale is how changes in the ocean threaten a treasure trove of potential life-saving medicines found in sponges, algae and other organisms. Join Fabien Cousteau and an entrepreneur who is on a globe-trotting race to identify drugs for malaria, tuberculosis and even cancer. What can patients expect from marine-inspired therapeutics, and what can people do to help preserve the ocean to protect human health?

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  1. What diseases could medicines from the ocean potentially treat?
  2. Why does the ocean have great potential for new drugs?
  3. What specific things can attendees to do protect medicines from the ocean?



Carolyn Hawley, Acct Dir, Canale Communications

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