ISEMPH 2017 Program

ISEMPH 2017 Program

The program for the 2017 ISEMPH meeting in Groningen is below.
An html version with abstracts linked is available here.
A pdf version ISEMPH2017Program.
Abstracts are published here ISEMPH 2017 abstracts

Friday, 18 August






Publications committee meeting

Randolph Nesse

Round Room


Outreach and education committee meeting

Joe Alcock, Michelle Blyth

Round Room


Directors meeting & students meeting

Randolph Nesse

Round Room


Program committee meeting

Frank Rühli

Room 4


Official opening by the Dean of the medical school

Joëls, Marian Intro: Randolph Nesse

Blue Room


Keynote 1: Adaptation to critical illness – a conserved approach that is increasingly appreciated

Singer, Mervyn Intro: Robert Perlman

Blue room


Keynote 2: Maternal capital and the inter- generational transmission of health and disease

Wells, Jonathan Intro: Alejandra Nuñez de la Mora

Blue room


Evening reception & walking dinner

Fountain Patio

Saturday, 19 August


Royal College of Psychiatrists Interest Group Meeting 12 Jan, 2018

Royal College of Psychiatrists Interest Group Meeting 12 Jan, 2018

Second Symposium of the Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group (EPSIG) 12 January 2018
Royal College of Psychiatrists 21 Prescot Street London E1   Book online now 

EPSIG Newsletter available here




Registration and coffee


Dr Riadh Abed EPSIG Chair


Morning Session
Chair: Professor George Ikkos


Evolutionary Models of Mental Disorders (I) ADHD
Dr Annie Swanepoel




Keynote: What Clinicians Can Learn from Evolutionary Psychiatry
Professor Alfonso Troisi




Evolutionary Models of Mental Disorders (II) Eating Disorders
Dr Riadh Abed






Afternoon Session: Chair: Dr David Geaney


Keynote: An Evolutionary Account of Brain Laterality
Dr Iain McGilchrist




Keynote: Life History Theory: A Framework for the Understanding of Personality Disorder
Professor Martin Brüne




Coffee Break


Evolutionary Models of Mental Disorder (III): The Addictions
Dr Paul St John-Smith




General Discussion and Close


This meeting qualifies for 6 CPD points subject to peer group approval (CPD Certificates will be issued at the end of the meeting)

A conference dinner will be held at 7pm on 12 January. This is optional and is booked separately.

Special Lancet series about Evolution and Public Health

Special Lancet series about Evolution and Public Health

This week’s issue of The Lancet has three articles in a landmark series about evolution and public health: an overview, an article about human microbe interactions, and the third about reproductive health. All are behind a paywall, but the accompanying  editorial is open access. Its final paragraph reflects the journal’s concern about  publishing articles about evolutionary biology: “The Series may be challenging to public health practitioners vested in action. For those working to advance broader social and political change to enhance public health and reduce disparities, the use of evolutionary theory may feel too reductionistic. We welcome readers’ engagement with and response to this fascinating and thought-provoking Series.”  It will be interesting to see if they get the criticism that they anticipate.

These are the first major review articles on evolution and medicine or public health to appear in any major medical journal. Work on them began at an October 2014 Workshop sponsored by the ASU Center for Evolution and Medicine.  Jonathan Wells took the lead in editing the series.

Lancet, T. (2017). What can evolutionary theory do for public health? The Lancet, 390(10093), 430.

Wells, J. C. K., Nesse, R. M., Sear, R., Johnstone, R. A., & Stearns, S. C. (2017a). Evolutionary public health: introducing the concept. The Lancet, 390(10093), 500–509.

Jasienska, G., Bribiescas, R. G., Furberg, A.-S., Helle, S., & Mora, A. N. la. (2017). Human reproduction and health: an evolutionary perspective. The Lancet, 390(10093), 510–520.
Rook, G., Bäckhed, F., Levin, B. R., McFall-Ngai, M. J., & McLean, A. R. (2017). Evolution, human-microbe interactions, and life history plasticity. The Lancet, 390(10093), 521–530.


NYTimes feature on Trumble’s paper on ApoE4 and Alzheimer’s disease

NYTimes feature on Trumble’s paper on ApoE4 and Alzheimer’s disease

“An Ancient Cure for Alzheimer’s?” is the title of Pagan Kennedy’s article in this week’s New York Times Sunday Review about the paper by Ben Trumble, et al., showing that the allele that increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease in most people causes decreased risk in foragers from the Tsimane population in Bolivia who are carriers of intestinal parasites. Her article is available here. 

The original scientific report, cited below, is available here.

Trumble, B. C., Stieglitz, J., Blackwell, A. D., Allayee, H., Beheim, B., Finch, C. E., … & Kaplan, H. (2017). Apolipoprotein E4 is associated with improved cognitive function in Amazonian forager-horticulturalists with a high parasite burden. The FASEB Journal31(4), 1508-1515.

Evolution and Medicine positions available in Anthropology and Biology at Penn State

Evolution and Medicine positions available in Anthropology and Biology at Penn State

Assistant or Associate Professor in the Evolutionary Anthropology of Human Health
and  positions to study resistance evolution (see below)

The Department of Anthropology ( and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences ( at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a tenure-track, early to mid-career scholar whose research uses an evolutionary perspective to inform understandings of human health, starting in August 2018.  Topical and methodological areas are open, but the research program of the successful candidate will be integrative and trans-disciplinary, drawing on various approaches from across the anthropological, evolutionary, and biomedical sciences.  The candidate could deepen and/or broaden the Department of Anthropology’s existing health-related research strengths in human diversity, human genomics, developmental biology, functional anatomy, quantitative imaging, cell culture and animal models for human biology and disease, biocultural-environment interaction, human-pathogen coevolution, and other areas.  The new faculty member will also benefit from Penn State’s exceptional cross-departmental research environment while they contribute to University-level efforts in developing interdisciplinary expertise on the evolutionary mechanisms of human health.  The successful candidate will have opportunities to train graduate students in the top-ranked Department of Anthropology program and through various Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences-sponsored intercollege programs, and as part of a new (pending final approval) MD-PhD in Anthropology program in cooperation with the College of Medicine.

Review of applications will begin September 8, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  Direct questions regarding this faculty position to Dr. George Perry (

Applications should be submitted online and include:  1) a one-page cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae with educational background, employment history, and a list of publications; 3) a two-page future research program statement; 4) a one to two-page teaching statement; and 5) the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three professional references.  Apply online at


University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Eberly College of Science and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


Penn State is adding new open-rank faculty positions to build on existing excellence and intellectual leadership in evolutionary biology, infectious disease and genomics through a cluster hire. We seek outstanding scientists with broad interdisciplinary interests and a track record of applying theoretical and empirical approaches to gain insights on and mitigate against the growing threat of resistance evolution in pathogens (human, animal and plant), cancers and pest species including insects and weeds. Candidates with training in infectious diseases, cancer, evolutionary biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, statistics, information sciences, and clinical or field studies, and an interest in developing programs that will provide novel insights on developing evolution-proof strategies to prevent the development of resistance are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D., M.D, or DVM or equivalent degree, along with evidence of collaborative work across disciplines to identify novel insights and solutions to managing the risk of development and spread of resistance in microbial populations, cell lineages or pest populations. We particularly encourage candidates interested in research and teaching relating to resistance emergence and evolution, including theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding and mitigating the evolutionary impact of drugs, vaccines and pesticides on their targets and the role of ecological, evolutionary, medical and societal factors in the development, prevention, and control of resistance in major pathogens, cancers and pest species across scales. This global leadership initiative at Penn State is led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences together with the Eberly College of Science (ECoS). New faculty will be offered an appointment and tenure home in one of many excellent Departments in ECoS. Successful candidates will become part of one of our centers of excellence such as The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics ( and The Center for Comparative Genomics (, amongst others. This is a cluster hire with multiple offers at all ranks expected. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class instrumentation and research facilities, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. Please submit a cover letter as well as future research plans and teaching interests, a complete curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references. Referees will not be contacted without prior consultation with the candidates. Review of applications will start July 15, 2017 and continue until all positions are filled. We welcome informal inquiries regarding these positions to Andrew Read (, Vivek Kapur (, or Peter Hudson (