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ISEMPH Program now final and online…and early registration deadline is today

ISEMPH Program now final and online…and early registration deadline is today

The ISEMPH 2022 program is now final and online, thanks to Program Chairs Michael Hochberg and Alejandra Nuñez De La Mora and the Program Committee.  Discounted early registration expires on Sunday May 15, but the discount will still be available on May 16 to avoid confusion from time zone vagaries.

With 80 talks, including 8 distinguished plenary speakers, 60 posters, and a variety of social events, this will be the best evolutionary medicine meeting yet. Please also note events on July 5, including the welcome reception at 17:30.
All are welcome, from students to advanced researchers.

The conference will be held at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (FCG, in the Portuguese acronym) in Lisbon. FCG is a pleasant, iconic, and easily accessible place in the center of Lisbon, with ample indoor and outdoor spaces. Around the FCG, there are many options for accommodation and food, covering a wide range of prices and styles, suitable for all.

Sebastian Bonhoeffer, ETH, Switzerland, Combination therapy and the evolution of drug resistance
Mhairi Gibson, University of Bristol, UK, The social and evolutionary dynamics of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) abandonment
Isabel Gordo, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal, Eco-evolutionary dynamics of Escherichia coli when it colonizes the intestinal tract
Joseph L. Graves, North Carolina A&T State University, USA, Racial health inequality is a solved problem: Now what do we do about it?
Gunther Janssen, Pharma PHC Centre of Excellence, Hoffman-La Roche / Genentech, Switzerland, Afternoon Discussion and Q&A on Pharma in and Evolutionary World C.
Jessica Metcalf, Princeton University, USA, What we can and can’t predict about the evolutionary trajectory of SARS-CoV-2
Luca Ermini, Winner of the George. C. Williams Prize for work on Evolutionary selection of alleles in the melanophilin gene that impacts on prostate organ function and cancer risk
Haley Randolph, Winner of the $5,000  Omenn Prize, Genetic ancestry effects on the response to viral infection are pervasive but cell type specific

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Omenn Prize awarded to an article in Science by Haley Randolph, et al.

The 2022 $5000 Gilbert Omenn Prize for the most significant article published in 2021 about evolution, medicine, and public health has been awarded to :Randolph HE, Fiege JK, Thielen BK, Mickelson CK, Shiratori M, Barroso-Batista J, Langlois RA, Barreiro LB (2021) Genetic ancestry effects on the response to viral infection are pervasive but cell type-specific. Science 26;374(6571):1127-1133. (alas, not open access, but Randolph’s Tweet thread provides a good summary)Haley Randolph - Graduate Researcher (Barreiro Lab) - University of Chicago | LinkedIn

Haley Randolph Is a PhD candidate in the Committee on Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA in the laboratory of Luis B. Barreiro.

She will present the research at ISEMPH 2022, July 5-8 in Lisbon.


The Prize Committee also awarded Honorable Mention to two other outstanding articles.

Catania F, Ujvari B, Roche B, Capp JP, Thomas F (2021). Bridging tumorigenesis and therapy resistance with a non-Darwinian and non-Lamarckian mechanism of adaptive evolution. Frontiers in Oncology, 3645.

Jaeggi AV, Blackwell AD, von Rueden C, Trumble BC, Stieglitz J, Garcia AR, Kraft TS, Beheim BA, Hooper PL, Kaplan H, Gurven M (2021). Do wealth and inequality associate with health in a small-scale subsistence society? ELife, 10, 1–28.

The International Society of Evolution, Medicine and Public Health each year awards the Gilbert Omenn Prize  of $5,000 to the first author of the most significant article relevant to evolution, medicine and public health published in any journal in the previous year. The prize is made possible by the generosity of Gilbert Omenn.  Members of the Prize Committee for this year are Martin Brüne, Caleb Finch (Chair), Joachim Kurtz, Chris Kuzawa, Connie Mulligan, and Carol Worthman.

Zoobiquity Conference – Female Health July 4, 2002 in Lisbon–ISEMPH 2022 Pre-meeting

Zoobiquity Conference – Female Health July 4, 2002 in Lisbon–ISEMPH 2022 Pre-meeting

Zoobiquity Conference – Female Health Across the Tree of Life

July 4, 2022 – Ordem dos Médicos, Lisbon, Portugal

Zoobiquity Conferences explore the phylogenetic origins of health and illness by promoting interdisciplinary collaborations between human, animal and environmental health professionals. Hosted by the Portuguese Medical Association, this year’s conference has the theme of Female Health Across the Tree of Life and is dedicated to investigating the unique disease resistance of some females and the shared biological vulnerabilities of female animals. Women’s health challenges to be explored include ovarian and breast cancer, osteoporosis, pre-eclampsia, reproductive senescence and infertility.

Registration by June 23rd:
Professionals – €50
Students – €30
Registration after June 23rd:
Professionals – €75
Students – €50

For more information and to register, please see the program listing and registration page.

Lisbon workshop on Philosophy and EvMed – 12 places for early researchers

Lisbon workshop on Philosophy and EvMed – 12 places for early researchers

Conceptual and Philosophical Issues in Evolutionary Medicine

 Lisbon, July 2-5 2022

Organised by Theory and Method in Biosciences (University of Sydney and Macquarie University) and ImmunoConcEpT (Université de Bordeaux) with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

This four-day workshop is an opportunity for early career researchers to join field leaders in evolutionary medicine and public health (EMPH) and in the philosophy of biology and medicine for a series of intensive discussions. Rather than simply teaching the state of the field, the aim is to progress key issues in the foundations of evolutionary medicine and to encourage researchers in the philosophy of science and medicine to engage more closely with the field of EMPH.

All participants will be expected to be active participants in achieving these goals. We also hope that new collaborative relationships between philosophers and EMPH researchers will emerge from the meeting.

The workshop will run from midday Saturday July 2nd to midday Tuesday July 5th, immediately proceeding the 2022 International Society for Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health (ISEMPH) conference which commences on July 5th.

Discussion leaders will include:

Dan J. Stein (University of Capetown)
Jonathan Sholl (Université de Bordeaux)
Anya Plutynski (Washington University of St Louis)
Randolph M. Nesse (Arizona State University)
Dominic Murphy (University of Sydney)
Shane Glackin (University of Exeter)
Paul E. Griffiths (University of Sydney)
Pierrick Bourrat (Macquarie University)

Topics to be addressed will include: Framing and defining the field of EMPH; evolutionary perspectives on the distinction between the normal and the pathological; implications of evolution for psychiatry and psychiatric nosology; whether approaches to studying adaptation in EMPH are consistent with current developments in population genetics, adaptive dynamics and related fields; the interaction of biological and cultural change in explaining disease.

Twelve places for early career researchers (ECRs) are available at the workshop. Successful applicants will receive free accommodation in Lisbon for the duration of the workshop. Some funding is available to support travel by ECRs who do not have access to other funding. Applicants should have commenced or completed PhD research and should send a Curriculum Vitae and a letter of not more than one page (double spaced A4) explaining why they wish to attend the workshop. Applications should be sent to by May 15th 2022.

Return of the worms we are missing

Return of the worms we are missing

A lovely article in the December, 2021 issue of The Scientist by Catherine Offord–“Return of the Worms,” provides a much needed comprehensive review of new research about the mechanisms and efficacy of using worms to control inflammatory diseases. They work! For some patients with some diseases, but placebo responses make proving it difficult. Especially exciting is work on specific mechanisms. Certain worms secrete over 300 proteins into the gut. Mimics of one of them, ES-62, are being developed as possible anti-inflammatory drugs.

This would be a great article for evolutionary medicine courses.

Illustration from “Return of the Worms” by Catherine Offord, in the December, 2021 Issue of The Scientist.