SGB Environmental Seminar




29th Annual Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar

Thursday, January 10, 2019, at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Coffee: 9:30 AM, Program 10:00 AM

Featuring Paul Alan Cox, PhD – Ethobotanical Researcher

“Ethnobotany and the Search for new ALS & Alzheimer’s Drugs in Remote Villages.”  

Dr. Paul Alan Cox received his doctorate from Harvard University, and after serving as a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkley, he was named a Presidential Young Investigator by Ronald Reagan. Dr. Cox was the first King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science at the Swedish Agricultural University.

As one of the world’s leading ethnobotanists, Dr. Cox has lived in remote villages around the world searching for new medicines. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, sometimes known as the Nobel Prize of the Environment. Dr. Cox was named one of TIME magazine’s eleven “Heroes of Medicine” for his discovery of the HIV drug prostratin. His foundation, Seacology, has set aside over 1.5 million acres of rain forest and coral reef in 56 countries around the world.

Dr. Cox is currently the Director of the Brain Chemistry Labs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a nonprofit consortium comprised of more 50 top researchers from around the world. His research there is focused on finding new treatments for ALS and Alzheimer’s disease.


About Sadie Gwin Blackburn

Sadie Gwin Blackburn is a native Texan and has resided in Houston since 1939. She attended Sweet Briar College and the University of Texas and she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in History from Rice University.

Sadie Gwin’s community involvement reaches beyond the River Oaks Garden Club. She has served as President of the Garden Club of America, Vice Chairman of the National Parks Conservation Association and has been a member of the Mercer Arboretum Advisory Council, Armand Bayou Advisory Board, Memorial Park Conservancy, Hermann Park Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Houston Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Sadie Gwin is a former president of the Board of the San Jacinto Museum of History and directed a special project to prepare a master plan for the San Jacinto Battlefield State Park. She also was a founding member of Asia Society Texas Center and secretary of its board.

Sadie Gwin has been honored with many awards including a Resolution of Appreciation by the San Jacinto Museum of History Board of Trustees, a Leadership Award from the Park People, and has been recognized for “dedication to beauty, nature, and gardening” by Friends of Hermann Park Board and as Houston’s “Scenic Visionary” by Scenic Houston. Sadie Gwin Blackburn, an outstanding Houstonian devoted to conservation, preservation and environmental issues, is truly a Texas Treasure.

The Sadie Gwin Blackburn Conservation Fund was created to provide exceptional speakers for the annual Environmental Seminar. Please send contributions to:

Sadie Gwin Blackburn
Conservation Fund

River Oaks Garden Club
2503 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098-1321