ClubEvMed Fall Schedule

ClubEvMed Fall Schedule

The schedule for ClubEvMed has just been announced. See the website for details and sign up for the mailing list to get a weekly update and invitation to register for each week’s meeting.

Club EvMed is a web series launched in April 2020 to keep the evolutionary medicine community connected during a time of pandemic-related social distancing. These regularly-held virtual meetings are styled around the idea of a journal club, with a different topic and discussion leader each time.

Club EvMed is organized by the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (ISEMPH) and five evolutionary medicine centers: the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)the UCLA Evolutionary Medicine Interdisciplinary Centerthe ASU Center for Evolution and Medicinethe Pittsburgh Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicineand the University of Zurich Institute of Evolutionary MedicineSpeakers are identified by a committee, which is led by Charles Nunn of TriCEM and features input from all of the organizers. Meredith Spence Beaulieu (TriCEM) manages the meetings.

All are welcome to attend Club EvMed! If you’re interested in evolutionary medicine, we also recommend engaging with ISEMPH by joining as a member or as a newsletter subscriber, which can be done here.

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The new tangled bank of disease: from protein space to injection networks and COVID-19 disparities

Thursday, August 20th at 12pm ET

Join us for a conversation with Brandon Ogbunu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. In this discussion, Dr. Ogbunu applies Darwin’s “tangled bank” analogy to several modern problems in public health and biomedicine. In doing so, he highlights the increasing eminence of nonlinearity in understanding disease systems, ranging in scope from the molecular determinants of drug resistance to ethnic disparities in COVID-19 prevalence in the United States. Sign up here for the meeting link.

Racial differences in host immune response to Helicobacter pylori virulence factors – does this help to explain the gastric cancer racial disparity in the United States?

Thursday, August 27th at 11am ET

Join us for a conversation with Meira Epplein, Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences at Duke University, and Julia Butt, Senior Research Associate in the Infections and Cancer Epidemiology research group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is the leading cause of gastric cancer, but only 1-3% of individuals with chronic infection will develop cancer. Individuals with antibodies to H. pylori virulence factors CagA and VacA have been found to be at a 2- to 4-fold increase in risk of gastric cancer. Gastric cancer is significantly more common among African Americans than non-Hispanic white Americans, and whether this is due in part to the host immune response to H. pylori is unknown. Attendees are encouraged to read Butt et al. 2020, “Differences in antibody levels to H. pylori virulence factors VacA and CagA among African Americans and whites in the Southeast USA.” Sign up here for the meeting link.

Club EvMed conversation led by Amy Boddy (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Thursday, September 3rd at 12pm ET

This conversation will also feature counterpoints from David Haig (Harvard) and Gunter Wagner (Yale). Full details to be announced soon, but you can register in advance here.

The evolution of human birth timing: how selection has shaped the genetic landscape

Thursday, September 10th at 12pm ET

This conversation will be led by Lou Muglia (Burroughs Wellcome Fund), Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt), and Tony Capra (Vanderbilt). Full details to be announced soon, but you can register in advance here.

Club EvMed conversation led by Dan Lieberman (Harvard)

Thursday, September 17th at 12pm ET

Full details to be announced soon, but you can register in advance here.

Club EvMed: Student Spotlight

Thursday, September 24th at 11am ET

For this special Club EvMed, we will hear 12-minute research talks from graduate students Lafi Aldakak (University of Zurich Institute for Evolutionary Medicine), Chenlu Di (University of Arizona), and Iman Hamid (Duke University). Full details to be announced soon, but you can register in advance here.

Club EvMed conversation led by Joseph Graves (NC A&T)

week of September 28th

Full details and registration link to be announced soon.

Assessing SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in 400 species with comparative genomics

Tuesday, October 6th at 12pm ET

Join us for a conversation with Elinor Karlsson, Associate Professor in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the director of the Vertebrate Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is a zoonotic pathogen that readily infects some non-human species, posing a risk to humans, if viral reservoirs are established in other species, and to other species, particularly those already endangered. Data on susceptibility and pathology in non-human species is sparse, with natural infection documented in fewer than a dozen species, but genomic datasets are far more substantial. We compiled genomic data for over 400 species and used the sequence of ACE2, the host receptor protein, to make a prediction of SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility. We also show that the viral binding domain of ACE2 is enriched for signals of natural selection in bats, the proposed source of the progenitor virus. By leveraging existing data resources, we completed this work in just four weeks in the midst of a global pandemic. While the risk predictions are preliminary, this work demonstrates how open genomic resources can be leveraged to address questions never envisioned in their original design. Sign up here for the meeting link.

How recent characterizations of somatic mutations in humans inform an evolutionary understanding of aging and cancer

Monday, October 19th at 1pm ET

This conversation will be led by James DeGregori (University of Colorado, Denver). Full details to be announced soon, but you can register in advance here.

Club EvMed conversation led by Tobias Lenz (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)

Tuesday, October 27th at 1pm ET

Full details to be announced soon, but you can register in advance here.

Sign up for ClubEvMed Now!

Sign up for ClubEvMed Now!

ClubEvMed has a new website at http://ClubEvMed.org. Check out upcoming events, videos of past webinars, and sign up for notifications so you can register for future events.

Next event Monday, July 20th at 12pm ET
Hemoglobin and high-altitude hypoxia: evolution and public health
Join us for a conversation with Cynthia Beall

Club EvMed is a web series launched in April 2020 to keep the evolutionary medicine community connected during a time of pandemic-related social distancing. These regularly-held virtual meetings are styled around the idea of a journal club, with a different topic and discussion leader each time.

Club EvMed is organized by the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (ISEMPH) and five evolutionary medicine centers: the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)the UCLA Evolutionary Medicine Interdisciplinary Centerthe ASU Center for Evolution and Medicinethe Pittsburgh Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicineand the University of Zurich Institute of Evolutionary MedicineSpeakers are identified by a committee, which is led by Charles Nunn of TriCEM and features input from all of the organizers. Meredith Spence Beaulieu (TriCEM) manages the meetings.

All are welcome to attend Club EvMed! If you’re interested in evolutionary medicine, we also recommend engaging with ISEMPH by joining as a member or as a newsletter subscriber, which can be done here.

Evolutionary Psychiatry Conference Oct 22-27

Evolutionary Psychiatry Conference Oct 22-27

ETHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY: AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH
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.

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

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

SPEAKERS & TOPICS

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

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Evolutionary Medicine at the National Association of Biology Teachers

Evolutionary Medicine at the National Association of Biology Teachers

The National Association of Biology Teachers is the preeminent organization of high school and college biology teachers from throughout the country.  The annual conference draws the most highly motivated and passionate teachers.  It features hundreds of workshops but this is the first time a speaker on evolutionary medicine was given prime time and billing as a keynote speaker, opening the conference.

The keynote speaker was evolutionary anthropologist, Katie Hinde of the Center for Evolution and Medicine and the Global Health Program at Arizona State University. Speaking to an audience of 1000 teachers and graduate students at the Association’s national conference in SanDiego, November 8-11, Dr. Hinde presented a captivating and thought-provoking talk “Baby Mine: 300 Million Years,the Evolution of Mother’s Milk, And the Rise of the Mammals.” A lively discussion followed.

Two days later,  50 teachers joined a workshop on Evolutionary Medicine: Medicine without Evolution Is like Engineering without Physics as Baba Brinkman’s rap song ‘So Infectious” played to welcome them. The workshop included three presentations. First, Mark Friedman, a Physio-anatomy teacher at Ánimo High School, Los Angeles gave an overview of the field of Evolutionary Medicine. Then A Magdalena Hurtado, Professor of Global Health and Evolutionary Anthropology at ASU introduced the new field of evolutionary epidemiology—a transdisciplinary integration of Public Health Sciences and Complex Adaptive and Evolutionary Systems perspectives. Benison Pang, Instructor at the Department of Molecular Ecology at UCLA, then gave a presentation on chronic diseases from a comparative perspective. He described how he and Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, from UCLA & Harvard, engage undergraduate learners in evolutionary projects through hands-on computer-generated explorations of phylogenetic trees. Many attendees left the workshop with DVDs and books donated by Mark Friedman for our EvMed raffle, and high school and college curriculum samples.

Article by Mark Friedman, Photos by Maria Klingler

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Zoobiquity Colorado Oct 4-5

Zoobiquity Colorado Oct 4-5

A very interesting conference Oct 4-5 for those interested in evolution, health and  disease in diverse species.  Full info here. 

Zoobiquity Colorado: Connecting Human and Animal Health through Regenerative Medicine

This conference aims to uncover the astonishing connection between human and animal health by highlighting laboratory and clinical research of human and veterinary investigators and fostering future collaboration across disciplines.

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ISEMPH News & Conference Aug 1-4

ISEMPH News & Conference Aug 1-4

The note below from ISEMPH President Stephen Stearns will be of interest to all in the Evolution and Medicine Network.      Click here to submit your abstract for the Annual Meeting.

Announcing our President-Elect

I would like to announce the election of our next President, Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz.  Barb is a cardiologist with broad interests who has written an award-winning book,Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, with Kathryn Bowers.  She will take over as President at the end of our 2019 meeting in Zürich; in the meantime she will serve as President-Elect on our Executive Committee.

Annual Meeting

Our 4th annual meeting takes place this year in Park City, Utah, August 1-4, 2018. It is an opportunity for biologists, anthropologists, students, clinicians and public health professionals to share their research, use evolutionary insights to improve medical research and practice, and tap exposure to issues in medicine and public health to advance evolutionary biology.  See https://isemph.org/annualmeeting

The meeting will be anchored by presentations from six internationally-known keystone speakers and special symposia on Alternatives to Antibiotics, Evolution and the Microbiome, Evolutionary Health Behavior, and Evolution in Sepsis and the Critically Ill.

A Pre-Conference on Wilderness Medicine – Human Adaptation to Extreme Environments –takes place August 1st. 

You can download a poster for ISEMPH 2018 here. Please share it widely. 

ISEMPH 2018 is accepting abstracts to be considered for poster or platform presentations now. Submit today by clicking here   

Key dates

– Abstract Submission Deadline March 15, 2018

– Early Bird Registration Deadline April 30, 2018

– Conference Begins August 1-4, 2018

Venue

Yarrow DoubleTree Hotel in Park City, Utah. Lodging information and additional conference details are here: https://isemph.org/Location-and-Lodging

Travel Grants

Travel grants are available for students submitting abstracts, based on scientific merit, need, and underrepresented categories in STEM. Contact conference organizer  Janice.mancuso@gmail.com  for details.

Membership Fees

In January 2018 we revised the membership categories and fees to make the Society more accessible to people in all countries.  Fees now depend on both professional status and the GDP of your home country.  For a complete list of membership fees and categories, clickhere.

If you are not currently a member and would like to attend the meeting in Park City, you can see from the fee structure that there is an incentive to join ISEMPH for one year and register for the meeting as a member.

I look forward to greeting you in Park City in August.

Best wishes,

Steve Stearns

President, ISEMPH

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