World Renowned Ethnobotanist and Author
Mark Plotkin To Speak At Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO (April 2000) -- On Tuesday April 25, 2000 at 8 p.m., world renowned ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin will be in conversation with Dr. Paul Volberding, Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Positive Health Program at the University of California, San Francisco, at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue, at McAllister Street).

Dr. Mark Plotkin was trained as an ethnobotanist and has done extensive research throughout the lowlands of tropical South America. In Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice (1993), Plotkin detailed his decade of work with an Amazonian shaman. In his new book, Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature’s Healing Secrets, Dr. Plotkin travels to the far reaches of the world to reveal how undiscovered medicines are hidden throughout the microbial, plant, and animal kingdoms. With examples of drugs derived from bugs, snakes, frogs, fungi, marine creatures, plants, and bacteria, Plotkin focuses on the search for new medicines from the rain forest to cure such illnesses as AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Dr. Plotkin currently serves as president of the Amazon Conservation Team and is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History. He has been featured in "Amazon," an IMAX film nominated for an Academy Award and has appeared on such television programs as "Nova," "NBC Nightly News" and "48 Hours." His research has been featured in Life, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Time, and The New York Times.

Tickets for the lecture are $17 each. To purchase tickets, contact City Box Office, 180 Redwood, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94102 or call (415) 392-4400.