TriCEM's Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute

TriCEM's Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute

Applications open now

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020 Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute (EMSI), held May 17-22 at NC State. The goal of EMSI is to introduce core evolutionary concepts to a wide range of topics in human health and disease, including public health, and to train physicians and medical scientists in computational methods used in evolutionary and ecological research.

EMSI brings together internationally recognized experts in evolutionary biology with students and health practitioners who want to apply these perspectives to cancer, infectious disease, evolution of microbial resistance, neurology, autoimmune disease, the microbiome, and more. Lectures on key concepts are complimented with hands-on computational exercises. Our goal is to give participants the background on evolutionary principles and the tools to apply evolutionary biology to questions of medical and veterinary importance.

For more information, including last year’s schedule, please visit the EMSI website. To apply, fill out this form by the deadline of March 20, 2020.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Meredith Spence Beaulieu ( or Courtni France ( 

Special Issue on Evolutionary Medicine

Special Issue on Evolutionary Medicine

In the Journal of Molecular Evolution, edited by Konstantinos Voskarides 
(not open access)

  1. EditorialEditorial: A New Bright Era for Evolutionary MedicineKonstantinos VoskaridesPages 1-2Download PDF (552KB) View Article

Abstract: Evolutionary Medicine is a fast-growing research field providing biomedical scientists with valuable information on molecular and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease. Evolutionary theory explains many medical conditions and it can contribute to new innovative treatments. This is the reason that Journal of Molecular Evolution has devoted this issue to Evolutionary Medicine. Nine detailed review papers are included in this issue, analyzing topics that are among the “hottest” subjects of Evolutionary Medicine. All information is up to date and highly valuable for scientists that would like to start their career or get updated on this field.

  1. ReviewFrontiers in Molecular Evolutionary MedicineStephen C. StearnsPages 3-11Download PDF (739KB) View Article
  2. ReviewAntagonistic Pleiotropy in Human DiseaseSean G. ByarsKonstantinos VoskaridesPages 12-25Download PDF (849KB) View Article
  3. ReviewAntimicrobial Resistance in Bacteria: Mechanisms, Evolution, and PersistenceEirini ChristakiMarkella MarcouAndreas TofaridesPages 26-40Download PDF (890KB) View Article
  4. ReviewVirus–Host Coevolution with a Focus on Animal and Human DNA VirusesGyőző L. KajánAndor DoszpolyZoltán László Tarján…Pages 41-56Download PDF (889KB) View Article
  5. ReviewAgeing Throughout History: The Evolution of Human LifespanMarios KyriazisPages 57-65Download PDF (1058KB) View Article
  6. ReviewAllergy in an Evolutionary FrameworkAlvaro DaschnerJuan González FernándezPages 66-76Download PDF (877KB) View Article
  7. ReviewThe Evolutionary History of Human Skin PigmentationJorge RochaPages 77-87Download PDF (1119KB) View Article
  8. ReviewThyroid Hormone Signalling: From the Dawn of Life to the BedsideIordanis MourouzisAngelo Michele Lavecchia…Pages 88-103Download PDF (2323KB) View Article
  9. ReviewAn Evolutionary Perspective on the Impact of Genomic Copy Number Variation on Human HealthMarie SaitouOmer GokcumenPages 104-119Download PDF (1439KB) View Article
Evolutionary Medicine Conference in Hamburg, May 17-20, 2020

Evolutionary Medicine Conference in Hamburg, May 17-20, 2020

The 40th Blankenese Conference
will be on Evolutionary Medicine. It is limited to 100 participants. Many distinguished speakers have confirmed attendance.

Chairmen Co-Organizers

  • Meyerhof, Homburg Manuel Friese, Hamburg
  • Dietmar Richter, Hamburg Tobias Huber, Hamburg
  • Christian Kubisch, Hamburg
  • John Baines, Kiel


  • Human Evolution
  • Concepts of Evolutionary Medicine
  • Human Genetics
  • Defense and Microbes
  • Brain and its Disorders
  • Learning from other Species for Human Medicine

Confirmed Speakers

Nadav Ahituv (San Francisco)
Katherine Amato (Evanston)
John Baines (Kiel)
Kirsten Bos (Jena)
Enrico Cappelini (Copenhagen)
John Collinge (London)
Evan Eichler (Seattle)
Elena Gracheva (New Haven)
Mark Hanson (Southampton)
Henrik Kaessmann (Heidelberg)
Philipp Khaitovich (Shanghai)
Johannes Krause (Jena)
Gary Lewin (Berlin)Randolph Nesse (Tempe)
Lluis Quintana-Murci (Paris)
Charlotte Rafaluk-Mohr (Oxford)
Armin Raznahan (Bethesda)
Frank Rühli (Zürich)
Patrick Schaefer (Philadelphia)
James Sikela (Aurora)
Viviane Slon (Leipzig)
Miguel Soares (Oeiras)
Sarah Tishkoff (Philadelphia)
Elisabeth Uhl (Athens)
David S. Wilson (Bighamton)

8 New Clinical Briefs in EMPH 2019

8 New Clinical Briefs in EMPH 2019

The Oxford Press open access journal Evolution, Medicine & Public Health has published eight new Clinical Briefs in 2019. They are lovely one page summaries that are perfect for teaching…or just pleasure reading.

The shapes of virulence to come 
Aakash PandeyDaniel E DawsonEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Page 3,
Tandem repeat disorders 
Calen P RyanEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Page 17,
Sexual selection 
Tim JanickeEdward H MorrowEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Page 36,
Extended phenotype in evolutionary medicine 
Stephen I ValentinoNeil S GreenspanEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Pages 48–49,
The risks of perpetuating an evolutionary arms race in drug discovery 
Scott M LeighowJustin R PritchardEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Pages 64–65,
Obesity and climate adaptation 
Diego Salazar-TortosaLindsay Fernández-RhodesEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Pages 104–105,
The role of parasite manipulation in vector-borne diseases 
Meredith R Spence BeaulieuEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Pages 106–107,
Erectile dysfunction and the baculum 
Theodore C SmithLaura HechtelEvol Med Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Pages 147–148,
12 PhD positions in Münster

12 PhD positions in Münster

The DFG-funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD) at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for 12 PhD Positions and one postdoc in biology, medicine, and philosophy. Full info at

The positions are fixed term for 36 months, and the expected starting date is 1 April 2020. Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.The DFG-funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD, GRK 2220) unites biological, medical, and philosophical research at the University of Münster. The core idea is to use the theory of evolution to understand processes leading to adaptation and/or disease. The PhD students will make use of evolutionary thinking to address basic and medical questions.  EvoPAD doctoral researchers will perform cutting-edge research in an interdisciplinary environment. Our multidisciplinary qualification program is tailored to individual career tracks, and offers opportunities for international cooperation, summer schools, and courses covering evolutionary and population genetics, bioinformatics, experimental design, philosophy of science, and bioethics. EvoPAD offers a family friendly and international atmosphere.