Omenn Prize Nominations Open

Omenn Prize Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the Omenn Prize; Deadline April 30

The $5000 Gilbert S. Omenn Prize is awarded each year by The International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health for the the best article published in the previous calendar year in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health. Please submit your nomination, self-nominations are welcome. 

The prize, provided by the generosity of Gilbert S. Omenn, will be awarded to the first author of the winning article. The Committee may elect to recognize more than one article. This year’s prize committee includes Caleb Finch (chair), Martin Brüne, Joe Graves, Jochim Kurtz, Chris Kuzawa, Anne Stone, and Carol Worthman. 

Full information is here.   Submit nominations here. 

The winner will present at ISEMPH2021.

ISEMPH July 14-16, 2021 Online

ISEMPH July 14-16, 2021 Online

We will miss seeing each other in person this year, but having ISEMPH 2021 online July 14-16 makes it possible for friends and colleagues from around the world to participate at nominal expense. Plenary speakers and interactive activities will be live, all other talks will be pre-recorded and available via our website on our YouTube channel, followed by moderated discussions with Q&A. 

Join or renew your ISEMPH membership by March 31 to get 20% off the regular fee. 

Submit your abstract now. The deadline is April 30.

Join one of the Grand Challenges groups that will meet prior to the conference.

Register now until April 30 to get the early registration discount. 

For all current ISEMPH members the early registration fee is $10.  

For non-members, early registration fees are $20 for students, $30 for post-doctoral scholars, and $50 for all others (rates go up May 1).

Confirmed plenary speakers (see more about the program here)

The ISEMPH program committee for 2021 includes Joe Alcock, Nicole Bender, Michelle Blyth, Sylvia Cremer, Bernie Crespi, Isabel Gordo, Joe Graves, Michael Hochberg (Co-Chair), Jay Labov, Michael Muehlenbein (Chair), Alejandra Nuñez De La Mora, Gillian Pepper, and Frank Rühli. 

Please send questions and suggestions about the meeting to or

Special Issue of J. Mol. Med on Evolutionary Medicine

Special Issue of J. Mol. Med on Evolutionary Medicine

A special issue of the Journal of Molecular Medicine on Evolutionary Medicine has ten articles of special interest

The editor, Konstantinos Voskarides, says in the overview “Evolutionary Medicine is a fast-growing research field providing biomedical scientists with valuable information on molecular and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease. 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.”

Voskarides, K. (2020). Editorial: A New Bright Era for Evolutionary Medicine. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 1–2.

Stearns, S. C. (2020). Frontiers in Molecular Evolutionary Medicine. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 3–11.

Byars, S. G., & Voskarides, K. (2020). Antagonistic Pleiotropy in Human Disease. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 12–25.

Christaki, E., Marcou, M., & Tofarides, A. (2020). Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacteria: Mechanisms, Evolution, and Persistence. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 26–40.

Daschner, A., & González Fernández, J. (2020). Allergy in an Evolutionary Framework. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 66–76.

Kaján, G. L., Doszpoly, A., Tarján, Z. L., Vidovszky, M. Z., & Papp, T. (2020). Virus–Host Coevolution with a Focus on Animal and Human DNA Viruses. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 41–56.

Kyriazis, M. (2020). Ageing Throughout History: The Evolution of Human Lifespan. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 57–65.

Mourouzis, I., Lavecchia, A. M., & Xinaris, C. (2020). Thyroid Hormone Signalling: From the Dawn of Life to the Bedside. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 88–103.

Rocha, J. (2020). The Evolutionary History of Human Skin Pigmentation. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 77–87.

Saitou, M., & Gokcumen, O. (2020). An Evolutionary Perspective on the Impact of Genomic Copy Number Variation on Human Health. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 88(1), 104–119.

Club EvMed January: Cancer and Aging

Sign up now for two great Club EvMed discussions in January

Club EvMed: Integrating evolutionary dynamics into clinical cancer treatment

Monday, January 11th at 12pm EST

Join us for a conversation with Robert Gatenby, Co-Director of the Center of Excellence for Evolutionary Therapy and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at the Moffitt Cancer Center. In the talk, Dr. Gatenby will outline basic evolutionary principles and mathematical models used to design clinical therapies with the goal of both control and cure of metastatic cancers. He will summarize the results of the first evolution-based clinical trial in metastatic, castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Attendees are encouraged to read Zhang et al. 2017 “Integrating evolutionary dynamics into treatment of metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer,” Stanková et al. 2019 “Optimizing cancer treatment using game theory,” Gatenby and Brown 2020 “Integrating evolutionary dynamics into cancer therapy,” and Gatenby et al. 2019 “First strike-second strike strategies in metastatic cancer: lessons from the evolutionary dynamics of extinction.”

After the talk, perspectives on how the research applies in a clinical setting will be presented by Shelley Hwang, Mary and Deryl Hart Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chief of Breast Surgery at Duke. Sign up here for the meeting link:–rrjMpG9Nn2VYkmDZAUQgyQmz339QG.

Club EvMed: Successful Aging in the Forest: How wild chimpanzees can help us understand the evolution of human aging

Thursday, January 28th at 12pm EST

Join us for a conversation with Melissa Emery Thompson, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Recent research has revealed that despite shorter life expectancies, humans in small-scale subsistence populations exhibit surprisingly good health, suggesting that some debilitating diseases of aging may be novel products of industrialized environments. This research highlights an urgency to look deeper in our evolutionary past to understand how we age today. I will discuss emerging findings from the first longitudinal study to examine aging in our closest evolutionary relatives, chimpanzees, in their natural environment. Attendees may be interested in reading articles in a recent theme issue on primate agingSign up here for the meeting link: