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December 7, 2012
UC San Diego – location to be determined
Leslie C. Aiello, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, “Background and Overview”
Barry Bogin, Loughborough University (UK), “Impact of Globalization on Children’s Nutrition”
Alison S. Brooks, George Washington University, and Margaret Schoeninger, UC San Diego, “Neanderthal Diets”
Alyssa Crittenden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “Current Hunter-Gatherer Diets”
Clark Larsen, Ohio State University, “Agriculture’s Impact on Human Evolution”
Steven Leigh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Diets of Other Primates”
Mary Stiner, University of Arizona, “Archaic Human Diets”
Peter Ungar, University of Arkansas, “Australopith Diets”
Richard Wrangham, Harvard University, “Fire, Meat, and Honey”
October 30 – November 2, 2012
11th International Conference on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases
New Orleans, USA
MEEGID is a wide-ranging conference that deals with the molecular evolution of all pathogens: viruses, pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites and prions. Present your latest research at this international conference and share with an international audience of researchers in your field. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be submitted before Wednesday 18th July 2012.
Main Topics Include:
Evolutionary genetics, genomics, proteomics
Genetics, population biology and morphometrics of vectors
Host genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases
Mathematical modeling & bio-informatics
October 5, 2012
1:00-5:30 pmSalk Institute – De Hoffmann AuditoriumSpeakers:Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge (UK), “The Extreme Male Brain Theory”Eric Courchesne, UC San Diego, “Structural Brain Changes”Bernard Crespi, Simon Fraser University (Canada), “Genomic Sexual Conflicts”Mirella Dapretto, UCLA, “Mirror Neurons”Daniel Geschwind, UCLA, “Gene Expression Changes”Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington, Seattle, “Emergence of Self-Awareness and Theory of Mind in Children”Daniel Povinelli, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, “A Comparative Perspective”Rama V.S. Ramachandran, UC San Diego, “A Mirror Neuron Theory of Autism”Jonathan Sebat, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, “Genomic Abnormalities”
October 4-6, 2012
The symposium addresses core human patterns rooted in our mammalian and primate heritage and the presumed evolutionary trajectories of our distant ancestors. The symposium brings together scholarship from different fields that bear on early life experience and human life histories. We use the framework of evolution as well as epigenetics. Anthropologists summarize basal evolutionarily relevant characteristics for infants and young children (e.g., Hewlett & Lamb, 2005) as including natural childbirth, frequent, on-demand breastfeeding for 2-5 years, frequent positive touch, multiple adult responsive caregivers, free play with multi-aged playmates. Scholars from different disciplines (neuroscientists, clinicians, anthropologists, primatologists) will discuss their research in these and related areas. One of the synergistic goals of the symposium is to address the decrease in child well-being in the USA and elsewhere over the last 50 years (Heckman, 2008). In recent years a host of public, personal and social health problems have been skyrocketing in the USA, and increasingly around the world, for which science does not have consistent or reliable answers (e.g., psychological problems such as ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression; psychosomatic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune disorders, e.g., Sanchez et al., 2001). Science can offer some guidance on remedies but it requires understanding the mammalian brain and the conditions for optimal development. The symposium will contribute to a widespread understanding of human evolved capacities and the types of brain systems that are a human evolutionary birthright, bringing developmental science forward as a leader in helping reverse current negative trends in well being (e.g., Cicchetti & Thomas, 2008; Panksepp, 2001). Non-academics will be invited, including policy makers, practitioners who work with children and families in a variety of fields (e.g., health, childcare) and child advocates.
September 29, 2012
Zoobiquity: A Species-Spanning Approach to Medicine
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
The 2nd Annual Zoobiquity Conference is sponsored by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The conference is designed to bring together leading clinicians and scientists in both human and veterinary medicine to discuss the same diseases in a wide spectrum of animal species and human beings.
August 6-10, 2012
Evolutionary Foundations for Medicine and Public Health: Focus on Infection and Cancer
At the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine
This course will be limited to 40 participants. It will be appropriate for those with a background in biology and/or medicine at diverse levels. Special expertise in evolutionary biology is not required, however those who have already studied evolutionary biology will have specialized opportunities. In order to maximize benefits to this developing field, admission preference will be offered to physicians and professors who teach or anticipate teaching courses on the subject, and to members of minority groups who may be eligible for support from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Researchers and students from advanced undergraduate to postdocs will be warmly welcomed.
This intensive one-week course will introduce strategies for applying core principles of evolutionary biology to problems in medicine and public health, with a special focus on infection and cancer. The course will not attempt to cover all possible applications, it will focus on a few examples. Some especially relevant principles include life history theory, host pathogen co-evolution, the regulation of defenses, developmental plasticity, and trade-offs shaping reproductive strategies. These principles will be applied to clinically relevant topics including aging, antibiotic resistance, clinical management of fever, endothelial disease, prenatal experience and metabolic syndrome, and reproductive cancers. This year’s course will have extensive special expertise available on topics related to cancer and infectious disease. Mornings will be devoted to lectures and structured discussions. After lunch, participants will gather in small groups for faculty led discussions on a number of specialized topics such as strategies to prevent antibiotic resistance, the role of infection in mental disorders, how social evolution theory might advance new chemotherapy strategies, how viral sequences get incorporated into genomes, the role of imprinting in controlling gene expression. Participants will be in small workgroups with faculty and others who share specialized interests. Most workgroups will investigate a specific topic, for instance, malignant melanoma, cervical cancer, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, antibiotic resistance, or vaccine design. Other groups will address other topics such as strategies for educating physicians, creating curriculum materials, or current debates about levels of selection. Each group will develop a possible research or teaching project, for presentation on Friday. Individuals are also free to create their own projects. Late afternoons are not prescheduled, so participants can organize their own additional discussions and projects or pursue individual interests, including recreation in Acadia National Park. Several optional preplanned expeditions are available, including whale watching, and guided hikes in the park.
July 9-13, 2012
Durham University is currently the only place in the world to offer an MSc in Evolutionary Medicine. Take advantage of our specialist teaching staff, excellent facilities, and expert guest lecturers at this unique summer school. Full Course Packs will be provided. The summer school will consist of morning lectures by members of Durham University staff and external guest lecturers. The afternoon will consist of workshops covering themes related to the lectures, followed by a series of optional trips. To book your place on the summer school please complete the on-line booking form – Evolutionary Medicine Summer School
The summer school will commence with an introducation and welcome from Dr Pali Hungin, Dean of Durham Medical School.
The summer school will offer lectures in the following areas:
- Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine – Prof. Gillian Bentley (Durham University)
- History of Evolutionary Medicine – Dr Fabio Zampieri (Padua University, Italy)
- Introduction to Evolutionary Theory (I) – Prof. Gillian Bentley (Durham University)
- Introduction to Evolutionary Theory (II) – Dr Russell Hill (Durham University)
- Gene-culture co-evolution – Dr Jeremy Kendal (Durham University)
- Principles of Evolutionary Medicine – Prof. Sir Peter Gluckman (Liggins Institute and Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand)
- Mismatch/plasticity – Prof. Mark Hanson (Southampton University)
- Metabolic Disorders – Dr Tessa Pollard (Durham University)
- Host-pathogen co-evolution – Dr Mark Booth (Wolfson Research Institute)
- Maternal-Infant Health – Prof. Helen Ball (Durham University)
- Mental Health – Prof. Daniel Nettle (Newcastle University)
- Evolution of Ageing – Prof. Tom Kirkwood (Newcastle University)
- Prehistoric Health – Prof. Charlotte Roberts (Durham University)
- Emergency Medicine – Prof. Mervyn Singer (University College London)
May 8, 2012, 8:30 – 5:30
This one-day event aims to identify new opportunities in the field of evolutionary medicine by joining leaders in the field of evolutionary medicine with CEOs, venture capitalists, and social entrepreneurs. By keeping formal presentations short and allowing ample time for participants to explore common interests in a relaxed setting, we hope to foster the incubation of serious collaborations over the long term. One agenda of this conference is to identify opportunities for projects that might be soon ready for further practical development. On the flip side, evolutionary theory may help to identify those ventures that are likely or unlikely to pan out. An equally important agenda is for scientists and physicians to have opportunities to learn strategies for developing new fields from those with first-hand experience.
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University School of Medicine
Cocktail reception to follow, 5:30-6:30
Sponsored by Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Co-presented by the Palo Alto Institute, the Evolution Institute
and the Foundation for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
March 23-24, 2012
is emerging as an important discipline at the intersection of Molecular Evolution and Genomic Medicine. It focuses on the understanding of human disease and health through the application of long-term molecular evolutionary history.
The Center for Evolutionary Medicine & Informatics (CEMI
) and the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (SMBE
) are excited to bring together researchers in Molecular Evolution and Genomic Medicine to advance the field of Phylomedicine in a 2-day symposium (Friday, March 23rd and Saturday March 24th). It will be held in Tempe, Arizona, at the Arizona State University campus.
February 5, 2012
Various studies have been published about micronutrients. But given the extreme complexity of the topic and thefact that many relevant studies derive from Biochemistry, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Anthropology and other scientific disciplines not directly related to Nutrition and Dietetics, there are few scientific publications in Nutrition journals approaching this topic in a global way. Therefore, NutriScience invited Professor Frits Muskiet, of Groningen University, a world-renowned scientific expert in Nutritional Sciences and Clinical Chemistry, to deliver an innovative 6-hour seminar about Vitamins and Minerals. During this seminar, Professor Muskiet will discuss studies from multiple disciplines to provide health professionals a scientific and evolutionary base for their clinical practice.
September 19-22, 2011
Genome Biology, in conjunction with Genome Medicine, is pleased to host the second annual Beyond the Genome conference in Washington DC from 19 – 22 September 2011. This year’s conference will focus on cancer genomics, the human microbiome and exome and genomic sequencing and how these approaches are being used to identify common and rare disease-causing mutations. Technological as well as medical or biological perspectives will be discussed.
The organizing committee includes Elaine Mardis (Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA), Karen Nelson (J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, USA), Mike Schatz (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA), Jay Shendure (University of Washington, Seattle, USA), and Genome Biology’s Editor, Clare Garvey.
September 12 – November 10, 2011
A series of talks at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland in Edinburgh Zoo.
In the company of Edinburgh Zoo’s chimpanzees, we present a series of talks on the evolutionaryx perspective that increasingly illuminates the subjects of health and medicine, ranging from studies of self-medication in our non-human primate relatives in the wild, to the new science of Evolutionary or “Darwinian” Medicine.
These talks are organized in conjunction with a series of events and displays on the same theme in the University of St.Andrews “Living Links to Human Evolution” Research Centre in the Zoo. The centre highlights the similarities between ourselves and other primates and emphasises that monkeys and apes are “living links” to our own evolutionary past.
August 8-10, 2011
An intensive course will be offered the week of August 8th
, 2011 at the Mt Desert Island Biological Laboratories
, located off the coast of Maine in Arcadia National Park. The faculty will include Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington), Peter Gluckman (University of Auckland), Peter Ellison (Harvard University), Randolph Nesse (University of Michigan), and Stephen Stearns (Yale University).
The course will provide the 20 participants with an introduction to how health professionals can apply the principles of evolutionary biology in clinical, research, and educational settings.
To receive more detailed information about the co
urse, and to be considered for admission, send a brief note to SummerCourse@evmedreview.com
that describes your background, current position, and why this course would be of interest.
July 25-29, 2011
The University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduate Summer Session. Taught by Betsy Foxman and Randolph Nesse
New applications of evolutionary theory to medicine are growing and helping to explain apparent paradoxes, such as rapidly increasing rates of breast cancer, increased asthma vulnerability in certain populations and the metabolic syndrome (For details see The Evolution Network at http://evolutionandmedicine.org). Epidemiologists have begun to apply these principles and ask new questions, such as do genes that vary by latitude explain hypertension, and how might public health interventions for infectious disease be ‘evolution-proofed’ This course will explore how epidemiologists and other public health workers can make use of these advances in their own work. Applying evolutionary theory can sharpen research questions, raise new possible explanations for observed phenomena and identify new types of exposure and outcome measures.
Pre-requisites: No prior training in evolutionary biology is assumed.
June 29 – July 3, 2011
Symposium “Evolutionary Medicine: challenges and future directions”
The focus of the symposium will be on the breadth and on novel directions of the field of evolutionary medicine. It includes seven presentations from leading experts in the field. The preliminary program is available on the conference webpage.
June 19, 2011
SSE Symposium at Norman OK Meeting
Sunday, 19 June 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Mike Antolin ( Colorado State U.)
Randolph Nesse (U. of Michigan)
Anna DiRienzo (U. of Chicago)
Peter Gluckman (U. of Auckland)
Gil Omenn (U. of Michigan Med School)
Carlos Bustamante (Cornell U.)
Stephen Stearns (Yale U.)
Kathy Hanley (New Mexico State U.)
Dyann Wirth (Harvard School of Public Health)
Subhajyoti De & Franciska Michor (Harvard U.)
Carl Bergstrom (U. of Washington)
Irene Eckstrand (NIH)
Organizers: Michael Antolin (Colorado State U.) and Kristen Jenkins (NESCent)
June 15-17, 2011
Nutrition and Lifespan
- Cell Signaling: Insulin, Sirtuins, mTOR
- Micronutrients and Age-Related Diseases
June 3-5, 2011
First biannual international Evolution and Cancer Conference
To inaugurate the world’s first Center for Evolution and Cancer9am-6pm, June 3, Mission Bay Conference Center, Fisher Hall, UCSF
9am-6pm, June 4-5 Mission Bay, Byers Hall, UCSFLeading scientists in the evolutionary biology of cancer, theoretical biology and human evolution will present their work at the first ever conference on evolution and cancer. This conference is being hosted by the new Center for Evolution and Cancer at UCSF (http://cancer.ucsf.edu/evolution
) and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.Organizers: Carlo Maley (Director) and Athena Aktipis (Director of Human and Social Evolution)Registration (by May 25th) is required but free (http://cancer.ucsf.edu/evolution/conference-2011
) and lunch will be provided for registered participants. Questions should be sent to ECC2011@evolutionandcancer.org
April 13-16, 2011
A symposium on evolutionary medicine entitled “Evolution and Health over the Life Course”
will be held during the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This symposium will focus on ways in which research conducted by evolutionary biologists and anthropologists can enrich our understanding of variation in human health. We will emphasize evolutionary trade-offs, natural variation versus pathology, and biological processes that affect health status over the life course. The symposium will be an opportunity to discuss contemporary research with particular relevance for the prevention and treatment of disease, including reproductive biology, nutrition, growth and development, immune function, and senescence. Organizers:
Grazyna Jasienska, Diana Sherry
March 24-26, 2011
At the 2011 EHBEA conference we will have a special themed session on ‘Darwinian Medicine’. Darwinian Medicine is a fascinating and developing area of evolutionary behavioural science which provides an invaluable perspective in the medical field. Innovations suggested by evolutionary theory have included treatment of Crohn’s disease using parasitic worms, withdrawal of AIDS medication for controlled periods, a greater understanding of antibiotic resistance and re-labelling mental disorders as being adaptive responses to environmental challenge. Following presentations in this session there will be an open forum discussant where more general questions can be discussed in this exciting field. If you would like to contribute to this session please quote ‘Darwinian Medicine’ in the comment box when submitting your abstract. As for all abstracts submission is open until December 10th.
25-26 February 2011
Evolutionary medicine is a growing discipline that applies evolutionary reasoning to medical problems including the nature of disease and the ways that an individual responds to disease. Evolution has informed medical science about such diverse issues as the way the interaction between disease organisms and host response shape the nature of symptoms, and the causes of disease resistance and virulence and how to manage medical care to minimize them. This symposium will feature Dr. Randolph Nesse and Dr. Peter Gluckman, authors of the leading books on the topic. A wide range of speakers will consider how best to incorporate evolutionary thinking into medical school curricula, and the everyday thought process of medical practitioners.
- David Houle, Department of Biological Science
- Joseph Gabriel, College of Medicine
- Michael Ruse, Department of Philosophy
- Sarah Whylly, Department of Philosophy
February 20-25, 2011
Quantitative Genetics & Genomics From genome to phenotype.
Quantitative genetics aims to link phenotypic variation for complex traits to its underlying genetic basis in order to better understand and predict genetic architecture and long term change within natural, agricultural, and human populations. Traditionally built upon statistical abstractions of genetic effects, the field is now rapidly advancing by making use of recent exciting developments in genetic and genomic technologies to reveal explicit links between genes and complex phenotypes, and therefore serves as a focal point for bringing together many emerging areas of genetics, genomics, physiology, statistics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. This synthesis is already having a large impact on the areas of evolutionary biology, plant and animal breeding, and the genetic analysis of human disease
Peter M. Visscher, Peter.Visscher@qimr.edu.au
December 10, 2010
The evolution of human altruism
Time: 1:00 to 5:00p.m. Location: Salk Institute, DeHoffman Auditorium Sponsor: UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) Co-Directors: Ajit Varki, UCSD; Fred H. Gage, Salk Institute; Margaret J. Schoeninger, UCSD Associate Director: Pascal Gagneux, UCSD Admission is Free, but Registration is required by going to the CARTA website: <http://carta.anthropogeny.org/
>, clicking on, “Symposia”, clicking on “Altruism”, and hitting the “Register” button at the bottom of the page.
December 6-7, 2010
Systems Biology of Human Aging – SBHA 2010
As a catalyst for collaboration the conference brings together biologists, bioengineers, mathematicians, physicists, and computational scientists interested in a system-level understanding of biological aging and health span. SBHA 2010 invites submissions for contributing presentations and posters covering a broad range of research. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Experimental and computational systems biology approaches – integrative models and predictions across biological scales – genetic, regulatory and metabolic networks – model organisms and conserved mechanisms – aging and disease associations. Information: Andres Kriete, E-Mail: SBHA2010@gmail.com
November 6 – 10, 2010
The International Seafood and Health Conference and Exhibition
Melbourne, Australia In this conference, Prof. Michael Crawford, founder and director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London, will present his research on the role of DHA and other seafood-specific nutrients on the evolution of the human brain.
October 11-13, 2010
Beyond the Genome: The true gene count, human evolution and disease genomics
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts This international conference brings together leading researchers and industry representatives who will review recent progress in key areas of post-genomic research in biology and medicine and chart future developments, including the Human Microbiome Project and the resequencing of matched tumour and normal genomes from specific types of cancers. Information: Tomi.Alalade@biomedcentral.com
July 12-16, 2010
One Week Graduate Summer Course in Evolutionary Epidemiology
School of Public Health, The University of Michigan New applications of evolutionary theory to medicine are growing and helping to explain apparent paradoxes, such as rapidly increasing rates of breast cancer, increased asthma vulnerability in certain populations and the metabolic syndrome. Epidemiologists have begun to apply these principles and ask new questions, such as do genes that vary by latitude explain hypertension, and how might public health interventions for infectious disease be ‘evolution-proofed’. This course will explore how epidemiologists and other public health workers can make use of these advances in their own work. Applying evolutionary theory can sharpen research questions, raise new possible explanations for observed phenomena and identify new types of exposure and outcome measures. Pre-requisite: No prior training in evolutionary biology is assumed.
June 21-25, 2010
The tenth annual John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York This year’s week-long course will focus on important developments in evolutionary biology that have direct implications for how we conceptualize the nature and treatment of developmental disorders. Themes of the course will include development from an evolutionary and societal context, phenotyping, and evolution-based disease and animal models.
Fellowship application deadline: April 20, 2010
June 3-5, 2010
ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Cornell University in Ithaca NY This conference is rather biology-orientated (not explicit medical), but perhaps of interest to some. It is followed by a workshop
on the same topic. Workshops are designed to provide graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other researchers with skills for modeling and analysis of ecological and evolutionary processes affecting infectious disease
dynamics. Emphasis is on analyses using the program R. CONTACT INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 28, 2010
Immunopathology & Immunosenescence: an evolutionary perspective
Hosted by The Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution (CIIE; http://ciie.bio.ed.ac.uk/), a Wellcome Trust-funded initiative to connect evolutionary biology to infection research and gain an interdisciplinary perspective on challenges to global health. Symposium remit: the study of disease has often been separated from the study of ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’ ageing, but it is now clear that immunopathology and immunosenescence play an integral role in the process of aging. Evolutionary theory provides a unifying framework from which to understand variation in the ageing process, but this has not been as widely applied as it might be. This symposium brings together researchers from a range of disciplines with the aim of integrating evolutionary, immunological and epidemiological thinking on the causes of variation in immunopathology and immunosenescence amongst individuals, populations and species. Organisers:
Dan Nussey (email@example.com) & Tom Little (firstname.lastname@example.org
April 26 – 30, 2010
Organizers: Judith Swain, Peter D. Gluckman, Michael Meaney and Anne Ferguson-Smith
April 1, 2010
Darwin, I presume? Knaw conference: evolutionary medicine
Trippenhuis, Amsterdam. Admission is free. This symposium is meant to explore the effects of evolution on
human health, including longevity, and will attempt to bring together the available information from different disciplines. Organizers:
Netherlands consortium for healthy ageing
March 19, 2010
Brunel University, West London, UK
March 31, 2010
University College London, UK Organizers: Prof. Aubrey Sheiham / Prof. Richard Wilkinson
March 13, 2010
July 5–10, 2009
May 13-16, 2009
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