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Rodríguez JA, Marigorta UM, Navarro A. Integrating genomics into evolutionary medicine. Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev. 2014;29:97-102 Also see an interesting blog post on Paleophile Abstract: The application of the principles of evolutionary biology into medicine was suggested long ago and is already providing insight into the ultimate causes of disease. However, a full systematic integration […]

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An Evolutionary Medicine Approach to Understanding Factors That Contribute to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease  By Aoshiba K(1), Tsuji T, Itoh M, Yamaguchi K, Nakamura H. Tokyo Medical University Ibaraki Medical Center, Inashiki, Japan. Published in Respiration. 2015 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print] (Not open access) Although many studies have been published on the causes […]

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Dr Darwin  an article By Timothy Gower, Art by Tim O’Brien  published in Proto, Winter, 2015   (open access) Can a refresher course in the laws of natural selection help doctors better understand human health and illness? ANDREW READ RECENTLY SPENT SIX MONTHS on the wards at the University of Michigan Medical Center, observing doctors who treat infectious disease. He […]

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The Infectious Disease Evolution Across Scales RCN seeks applicants for research exchanges and workshops sporozoites The NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) focusing on infectious disease evolution is excited to fund several research exchanges as well as annual workshops. The RCN is focused on integrating new theoretical and empirical tools for the study of infectious diseases across […]

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The deadlines for mini-symposia suggestions (Feb 16) and for standard abstracts (Mar 30) are approaching! Clicking the picture to the right for full info Evolutionary Medicine Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease July 30 – August 1, 2015 Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)   University of Zurich, Switzerland This international conference will bring together […]

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George C. Williams The International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health is proud to announce the launch of the George C. Williams Prize. The $5,000 Prize will be awarded to the first author of the most significant article published in 2015 in the Society’s flagship journal, Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. Oxford University Press publishes the journal […]

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According to estimates by the World Health Organization, in 2013 on the order of 35 million people were infected with HIV worldwide (http://www.who.int/gho/hiv/en/).  Globally, about 1.5 million people are believed to have died from AIDS-related diseases in that year.  Substantial, although perhaps not insurmountable, obstacles to the development of a highly effective vaccine for HIV-1 […]

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By  Ignacio G. Bravo and Marta Félez-Sánchez   Evol Med Public Health published 28 January 2015, 10.1093/emph/eov003 http://emph.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/01/28/emph.eov003.abstract?papetoc Abstract:   Papillomaviruses (PVs) are a numerous family of small dsDNA viruses infecting virtually all mammals. PVs cause infections without triggering a strong immune response, and natural infection provides only limited protection against reinfection. Most PVs are part and […]

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By John W. Pepper, Barbara K. Dunn, Richard M. Fagerstrom, John K. Gohagan, and Nadarajen A. Vydelingum  Journal of Evolutionary Medicine    Vol. 2 (2014), Article ID 235678, 8 pages    doi:10.4303/jem/235678  (open access) Abstract Unsatisfactory progress in cancer medicine and prevention calls for new research approaches. Research can broaden its view of cancer to include not […]

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The 28 articles  nominated for the 2014 Omenn Prize by the deadline are listed below. The prize of $5000 will be awarded in March 2015 for the best  article published in 2014 in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health.  The Prize is made possible by a […]

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The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health maintains a list of over 500 people who work in areas at the interface of evolution and medicine/public health.   The purpose of The Evolution and Medicine Network  is to facilitate contact among those with shared interests.  If, for instance, you are giving a talk in London, you can […]

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  Illness in breastfeeding infants relates to concentration of lactoferrin and secretory Immunoglobulin A in mother’s milk By Alicia A Breakey, Katie Hinde, Claudia R Valeggia, Allison Sinofsky, and  Peter T Ellison Evol Med Public Health published 20 January 2015, 10.1093/emph/eov002 http://emph.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/01/19/emph.eov002.abstract?papetoc We tested the relationship between infant illness and two immune factors in milk, lactoferrin […]

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The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health invites nominations for the Omenn Prize of $5000 to be awarded in March 2015 for the best  article published in 2014 in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health.

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The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health meeting March 19-21 in Arizona has support for student and faculty travel awards, thanks to the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the Triangle Center for Evolution and Medicine, and donations to the Foundation for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health. Meeting details are at http://evmedmeeting.org.  Applications for travel awards may be submitted  without […]

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Iron is a critical metal for essential cellular processes, such as respiration, in both human and microbial cells.  Thus, in the context of infection, iron is a high-value cellular commodity and an evolutionist might reasonably expect a metallic tug-of-war between host and pathogen iron-binding proteins or other iron-binding molecules (siderophores).  This speculation is impressively supported […]

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The below essay by Andriy Marusyk provides a commentary to a recent article by Wong, et al. pertaining to the mechanisms of chemo/radio and therapy induced cancers. Prevailing views explain therapy-induced cancers by postulating induction of new driver mutations.  Whereas several previous reports have challenged this mutation centric view, the article by Wong, et al. is […]

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Just published in Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health Limits to compensatory adaptation and the persistence of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria By Craig MacLean and Tom Vogwill Evol Med Public Health published 21 December 2014, 10.1093/emph/eou032 http://emph.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/12/21/emph.eou032.abstract?papetoc  (open access) Antibiotic resistance carries a fitness cost that could potentially limit the spread of resistance in bacterial pathogens. […]

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By  Victor J. Thannickal, Yong Zhou, Amit Gaggar, Steven R. Duncan J. Clin. Invest. 124(11): 4673-4677 (2014). doi:10.1172/JCI74368. Published in Volume 124, Issue 11 (November 3, 2014) (Not open access) Abstract:  Fibrotic disorders account for an increasing burden of disease-associated morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although numerous risk factors have been recognized, the etiologies of many of […]

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Funding is available from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) to support travel by faculty from under-represented groups in science to the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health meeting in Arizona March 19-21.    Applicants must be from an under-represented group in science and be on the faculty […]

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Todays NYTimes has an article by  Christopher von Rueden summarizing his recent publication in Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health on how low social status influences health: Political influence associates with cortisol and health among egalitarian forager-farmers  (open access) Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health is  the venue for important publications in our field. Publication fees are waived for […]

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