Nerd Nite SF #90: Scurvy, Neurogenesis, and the Snakebite Epidemic!

Nerd Nite SF #90: Scurvy, Neurogenesis, and the Snakebite Epidemic!

Wednesday 11/15

7:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Nerd Nite SF #90: Scurvy, Neurogenesis, and the Snakebite Epidemic!
Nerd Nite SF #90: Scurvy, Neurogenesis, and the Snakebite Epidemic!
Feelings of malaise? Lethargy? Whether it's scurvy or just boredom, we have the cure for you! Grab yourself a nice gin gimlet and hear the convoluted saga of scurvy. Then have your mind blown with a tale of atomic testing and neuroscience. Plus one more talk to be announced. All this plus the musical stylings of DJ Alpha Bravo, grilled cheese sammies, and awesome people like you.


"Scurvy: Lost and Found. And Found. And... Found (Again)" by Laura Lanford

Do you think pirate talk was all ìAvast, ye miserable scallywags!î and ìShiver me timbers!î? Likely youíd also hear mutters along the lines of ìOw, me teeth hurt!î and ìArgh, me aching bones!î Life on the sea was more scurvy than it was swagger, in no small part because we kept losing the ubiquitous yet elusive cure for this dreaded vitamin deficiency. From the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Horn, from Greenland to Antarctica, come and hear tell of the convoluted tale of the Scourge of the Seas!

Laura Lanford is on loan from Nerd Nite Chicago. She talks a lot about a lot of things, mostly Extinction Level Events but sometimes medical esoterica as well.


"The Snakebite Epidemic" by Dr. Matthew Lewin

Worldwide, there are more than 5 million snakebites each year, killing as many as 100,000 people. An additional 400,000 suffer snakebite-related disability and disfigurement. This year, the WHO listed snakebite as one of the most significant—and neglected—medical crises facing the globe. Dr. Lewin has identified sPLA2 inhibitors as a potential treatment for a broad spectrum of snake venoms. His group has demonstrated potency against 28 snake venom sPLA2s from six continents and has conducted pre-clinical studies showing excellent survival prospects, which were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Toxins.

An emergency physician, neuroscientist, expedition doctor, and California Academy of Sciences Fellow, Dr. Matthew Lewin co-founded Ophirex, Inc. (“Ophi” is Greek for “snake”) with Mr. Jerry Harrison (of the Talking Heads) to focus on developing field treatments for snakebite. Ophirex ( is committed to providing sustainably-priced antidotes so that treatment for any snakebite can begin anywhere, anytime, by anyone.


"Nuclear Testing and Other Things That May or May Not Damage Your Brain" by Whitney Heavner

Prior to the 1960ís, scientists believed that the adult brain has no capacity for regeneration. A few classical experiments in 1965 changed everything. Yet, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America continues to link drugs, your brain, and fried eggs. Just how resilient is the human brain? Learn how above-ground nuclear arms testing helped us answer this question through carbon dating, and see how radioactive tracers in rodents show when a baby neuron has sealed its fate.

Whitney Heavner is a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford biology department deciphering the genomeís blueprint for building the 100 billion neurons that make up your brain.


We're awaiting promo copy for the third talk - stay tuned!


With: Alpha Bravo, whoíll be spinning tunes specially selected to match the presentersí themes. Follow the setlist on Twitter @djalphabravo.

Food: Delicious grilled cheese from the master of the sammie, Grilled Cheese Guy.

Plus: The San Francisco Public Library will be on hand to dole out library cards, reading lists, and the hottest branch gossip.
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop - Monthly Series
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102