The Evolution & Medicine Review

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

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

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


Yarrow DoubleTree Hotel in Park City, Utah. Lodging information and additional conference details are here:

Travel Grants

Travel grants are available for students submitting abstracts, based on scientific merit, need, and underrepresented categories in STEM. Contact conference organizer  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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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


Submit your abstract now for the August 2017  ISEMPH meeting in Groningen

Submit your abstract now for the August 2017 ISEMPH meeting in Groningen

Join us in Groningen for the 2017 ISEMPH Meeting!

The Third Annual Meeting of the International Society of Evolution, Medicine & Public Health will take place August 18-21, 2017 in Groningen, Netherlands in conjunction with the XVIth European Society for Evolutionary Biology Meeting. ISEMPH brings together scientists, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field. This open meeting is designed to bridge the many different disciplines where relevant research takes place, including infectious disease, public health, genetics, anthropology, psychology, oncology, ecology, and veterinary medicine.

Keynote speakers include Svante Pääbo, Linda Partridge, Stephen Stearns, Marian Joels, Mervyn Singer, Sylvia Cremer, Francisco Ubeda, and Peer Bork. Details at the ISEMPH Website.

Submit your abstract now…and certainly before the February 15 deadline.

The first two days of the ISEMPH Annual Meeting will be at the University of Groningen Medical Center, the Monday sessions will be at the Groningen Conference Center in conjunction with the European Society for Evolutionary Biology Annual Meeting August 21-25 (separate registration and abstract submission is required). Registration for both meetings will open in February. We anticipate discounted registration fees for those who attend both meetings. If you have an idea for a special symposium, round table or other creative experience, please send a note to She and Program Committee Chair Frank Rühli are working with 12 other committee members to create a program unmatched in the history of our field.