Sex Differences in Immunity

Sex Differences in Immunity

Wednesday, 09.12.2020, 13.00 – 16.30, online event sponsored by the Zurich Institute for Evolutionary Medicine: Sex Differences in Immunity and the Trade-Off between Immune Defense and Autoimmunity from an Evolutionary Perspective

This is a public online event and participation is free but registration is required to obtain the Zoom-link: Webpage:

Starts at 13:00 with Dr. Nicole Bender (Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland): “Introduction”.

Lafi Aldakak (Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland): “Why sexually transmitted infections are important to the evolution of sex-specific immune competence”.

Dr. Olivia Roth (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany): “Evolution of male pregnancy and the remodeling of the adaptive immune system”.

Dr. med. Carmen-Marina Mihai (Dept. of Rheumatology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland): “Sex differences in systemic autoimmune diseases: the whos, whats and whys”.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Henshaw (Institute of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany): “Sexual conflict over STIs: can it ever benefit males to infect their mates?”

Prof. Dr. Paolo Dotto (Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Switzerland): “Sexual dimorphism in cancer: intersecting genetic, epigenetic and immune signaling networks”.

Keynote by Prof. Dr. Kenneth Buetow (School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA): “The pregnancy compensation hypothesis: an explanation for sex differences in human disease risk.”

PD Dr. Nicole Bender (Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland): “Closing remarks”.

EvMed Intensive in Sydney July 27-31

EvMed Intensive in Sydney July 27-31

Applications are now open for the 2020 Sydney History and Philosophy of Science Winter School, which will take place from Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July. The year’s topic is the History and Philosophy of Evolutionary Medicine. The school will run for four full days with an excursion on the fifth day. 

Both history of science and philosophy of science have the potential to contribute to a deeper understanding of the nature and potential of Evolutionary Medicine. Some philosophers of science have examined key concepts in the field. Others have debated its potential to inform medical practice, or to transform our understanding of health and disease. These debates will be explored and advanced at the Winter School. The Winter School will explore historical perspectives on science and medicine from both HPS scholars and leading practitioners. The overall aims of the Winter School are to encourage and enable philosophical and methodological commentary on Evolutionary Medicine, and to develop an agenda for research on Evolutionary Medicine by historians of science and medicine.

The Winter School will be of interest to early career researchers (ECRs) in history and philosophy of science, as well as to ECRs in medicine and biomedical science seeking a broader perspective on Evolutionary Medicine.

Confirmed instructors:

  • Randolph M. Nesse (Arizona State University)
  • Tatjana Buklijas (University of Auckland)
  • Paul Griffiths (The University of Sydney)
  • Dominic Murphy (The University of Sydney)
  • Djuke Veldhuis (Monash University)

All successful applicants to attend the Winter School will recieve free accommodation and meals for the duration of the event. Limited funding is available for one or more suitable candidates from lower income countries to help support travel to Sydney, but it is expected that all candidates will seek travel funding from their home institution.

Applications should be sent to and should consist of a CV\ and a cover letter of no more than 1000 words (including any references) that (1) summarises the applicants current research and/or practice and (2) explains how attending the Winter School will advance the applicants research and/or practice.

Closing date for applications : Monday March 30th 2020 by 09.00 AEDT (UTC + 11hrs).

Please distribute this announcement to others. For all enquiries please email

Evolutionary Psychiatry Conference Oct 22-27

Evolutionary Psychiatry Conference Oct 22-27

October 22-27, 2019
Erice, Sicily, ITALY

This will be an important meeting for all interested in evolutionary psychiatry. The setting, in an old monastery on a mountaintop in Sicily, is stunning. It is open to all. Registration and abstract submission are open now.


Martin Brüne (Ruhr Universität – Bochum, Germany)
Alfonso Troisi (Università di Roma – Tor Vergata, Italy)
Paola Palanza and Stefano Parmigiani (Università di Parma, Italy)

The overall purpose of the Workshop is to discuss the implications of ethology and evolutionary psychology for psychological and psychiatric research and practice. It will focus on a diverse array of topics, including the analysis of nonverbal behaviour, behavioural ecology, particularly in the form of life history theory, and evolutionary genetics of psychiatric disorders. The format will involve talks by international authorities who have been engaged in such research. The workshop will be highly interdisciplinary including aspects involving behavioural and social neuroscience as well as psychopharmacology and psychotherapy

Keynote: Randolph Nesse – Arizona State University, Tempe (AZ), USA . Good reasons for bad feelings: insights from the frontier of evolutionary psychiatry


Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg

Nurturing Nature: Interaction effects in neurobehavioral development

Caroline Blanchard

Of mice and men: Evolutionary, functional and translational approaches to behavioral neuroscience

Martin Brüne

One fits it all? Why psychiatry needs to entertain the whole spectrum of evolutionary theory

Marina Butovskaya

Reproductive success in traditional East-African societies: individual behavior, genes and sociocultural environment

Carlos Crivelli

The Behavioral Ecology View of Facial Displays

Marco Del Giudice

Form follows function: an evolutionary model of the structure of psychopathology

Bruce Ellis

Developmental adaptation to stress: An evolutionary perspective

Holly Ewald

Infection, immune responses, and depression

Paul Ewald

Genes, germs and schizophrenia

Pier Francesco Ferrari

Early Experiences, Brain plasticity and social-cognitive development in primates

Marinus van IJzendoorn

Consequences of deprivation and enrichment in chimpanzees, mice and rats: Lessons to be learnt for child development

Andrea Migliano

Foraging origins of human cumulative culture

Randolph Nesse

Good Reasons for bad feelings: insights from the frontier of evolutionary biology

Paola Palanza

Why Ethology matters for human psychology and psychiatry: from mice to men – and women

Stefano Parmigiani

Why Ethology matters for human psychology and psychiatry: from mice to men – and women

Davide Ponzi

Sex, Sex & Sex: Thoughts, behaviors and hormones. Which influences which?

Alfonso Troisi

An evolutionary critique of the harmful dysfunction analysis (HDA) of mental disorder

Daniel Wilson

Adapting Health Sciences Education to Evolution