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March 19-21, 2015
Inaugural Meeting of the Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health
Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health and
the Arizona State University Center for Evolution & Medicine
Details available soon here at the Evolution and Medicine Review.

July 30–August 1, 2015
Evolutionary Medicine Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease
Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM), University of Zurich, Switzerland
Details at this link.   Meeting flyer available here as a pdf. 


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December 7, 2012

1:00-5:30 pm
UC San Diego – location to be determined
Leslie C. Aiello, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, “Background and Overview”
Barry Bogin, Loughborough University (UK), “Impact of Globalization on Children’s Nutrition”
Alison S. Brooks, George Washington University, and Margaret Schoeninger, UC San Diego, “Neanderthal Diets”
Alyssa Crittenden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “Current Hunter-Gatherer Diets”
Clark Larsen, Ohio State University, “Agriculture’s Impact on Human Evolution”
Steven Leigh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Diets of Other Primates”
Mary Stiner, University of Arizona, “Archaic Human Diets”
Peter Ungar, University of Arkansas, “Australopith Diets”
Richard Wrangham, Harvard University, “Fire, Meat, and Honey”


October 30 – November 2, 2012



11th International Conference on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases
New Orleans, USA

MEEGID is a wide-ranging conference that deals with the molecular evolution of all pathogens: viruses, pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites and prions. Present your latest research at this international conference and share with an international audience of researchers in your field. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be submitted before Wednesday 18th July 2012.


 Main Topics Include:
Evolutionary genetics, genomics, proteomics
Genetics, population biology and morphometrics of vectors
Host genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases
Mathematical modeling & bio-informatics
Molecular diagnostics
Molecular epidemiology
Population biology



October 5, 2012

1:00-5:30 pmSalk Institute – De Hoffmann AuditoriumSpeakers:Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge (UK), “The Extreme Male Brain Theory”Eric Courchesne, UC San Diego, “Structural Brain Changes”Bernard Crespi, Simon Fraser University (Canada), “Genomic Sexual Conflicts”Mirella Dapretto, UCLA, “Mirror Neurons”Daniel Geschwind, UCLA, “Gene Expression Changes”Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington, Seattle, “Emergence of Self-Awareness and Theory of Mind in Children”Daniel Povinelli, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, “A Comparative Perspective”Rama V.S. Ramachandran, UC San Diego, “A Mirror Neuron Theory of Autism”Jonathan Sebat, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, “Genomic Abnormalities”

October 4-6, 2012

The symposium addresses core human patterns rooted in our mammalian and primate heritage and the presumed evolutionary trajectories of our distant ancestors. The symposium brings together scholarship from different fields that bear on early life experience and human life histories. We use the framework of evolution as well as epigenetics. Anthropologists summarize basal evolutionarily relevant characteristics for infants and young children (e.g., Hewlett & Lamb, 2005) as including natural childbirth, frequent, on-demand breastfeeding for 2-5 years, frequent positive touch, multiple adult responsive caregivers, free play with multi-aged playmates. Scholars from different disciplines (neuroscientists, clinicians, anthropologists, primatologists) will discuss their research in these and related areas. One of the synergistic goals of the symposium is to address the decrease in child well-being in the USA and elsewhere over the last 50 years (Heckman, 2008). In recent years a host of public, personal and social health problems have been skyrocketing in the USA, and increasingly around the world, for which science does not have consistent or reliable answers (e.g., psychological problems such as ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression; psychosomatic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune disorders, e.g., Sanchez et al., 2001). Science can offer some guidance on remedies but it requires understanding the mammalian brain and the conditions for optimal development. The symposium will contribute to a widespread understanding of human evolved capacities and the types of brain systems that are a human evolutionary birthright, bringing developmental science forward as a leader in helping reverse current negative trends in well being (e.g., Cicchetti & Thomas, 2008; Panksepp, 2001). Non-academics will be invited, including policy makers, practitioners who work with children and families in a variety of fields (e.g., health, childcare) and child advocates.

September 29, 2012

Zoobiquity: A Species-Spanning Approach to Medicine

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Tamkin Auditorium
Los Angeles, California

The 2nd Annual Zoobiquity Conference is sponsored by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The conference is designed to bring together leading clinicians and scientists in both human and veterinary medicine to discuss the same diseases in a wide spectrum of animal species and human beings.


August 6-10, 2012

Evolutionary Foundations for Medicine and Public Health: Focus on Infection and Cancer
At the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine
Registration now open CME credit available
This course will be limited to 40 participants.  It will be appropriate for those with a background in biology and/or medicine at diverse levels. Special expertise in evolutionary biology is not required, however those who have already studied evolutionary biology will have specialized opportunities. In order to maximize benefits to this developing field, admission preference will be offered to physicians and professors who teach or anticipate teaching courses on the subject, and to members of minority groups who may be eligible for support from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Researchers and students from advanced undergraduate to postdocs will be warmly welcomed.
This intensive one-week course will introduce strategies for applying core principles of evolutionary biology to problems in medicine and public health, with a special focus on infection and cancer. The course will not attempt to cover all possible applications, it will focus on a few examples.  Some especially relevant principles include life history theory, host pathogen co-evolution, the regulation of defenses, developmental plasticity, and trade-offs shaping reproductive strategies.  These principles will be applied to clinically relevant topics including aging, antibiotic resistance, clinical management of fever, endothelial disease, prenatal experience and metabolic syndrome, and reproductive cancers. This year’s course will have extensive special expertise available on topics related to cancer and infectious disease. Mornings will be devoted to lectures and structured discussions. After lunch, participants will gather in small groups for faculty led discussions on a number of specialized topics such as strategies to prevent antibiotic resistance, the role of infection in mental disorders, how social evolution theory might advance new chemotherapy strategies, how viral sequences get incorporated into genomes, the role of imprinting in controlling gene expression. Participants will be in small workgroups with faculty and others who share specialized interests. Most workgroups will investigate a specific topic, for instance, malignant melanoma, cervical cancer, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, antibiotic resistance, or vaccine design. Other groups will address other topics such as strategies for educating physicians, creating curriculum materials, or current debates about levels of selection.  Each group will develop a possible research or teaching project, for presentation on Friday. Individuals are also free to create their own projects. Late afternoons are not prescheduled, so participants can organize their own additional discussions and projects or pursue individual interests,  including recreation in Acadia National Park.  Several optional preplanned expeditions are available, including whale watching, and guided hikes in the park.

July 9-13, 2012

Durham University is currently the only place in the world to offer an MSc in Evolutionary Medicine. Take advantage of our specialist teaching staff, excellent facilities, and expert guest lecturers at this unique summer school. Full Course Packs will be provided.  The summer school will consist of morning lectures by members of Durham University staff and external guest lecturers. The afternoon will consist of workshops covering themes related to the lectures, followed by a series of optional trips.    To book your place on the summer school please complete the on-line booking form – Evolutionary Medicine Summer School


The summer school will commence with an introducation and welcome from Dr Pali Hungin, Dean of Durham Medical School.
The summer school will offer lectures in the following areas:
  • Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine – Prof. Gillian Bentley (Durham University)
  • History of Evolutionary Medicine – Dr Fabio Zampieri (Padua University, Italy)
  • Introduction to Evolutionary Theory (I) – Prof. Gillian Bentley (Durham University)
  • Introduction to Evolutionary Theory (II) – Dr Russell Hill (Durham University)
  • Gene-culture co-evolution – Dr Jeremy Kendal (Durham University)
  • Principles of Evolutionary Medicine – Prof. Sir Peter Gluckman (Liggins Institute and Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand)
  • Mismatch/plasticity – Prof. Mark Hanson (Southampton University)
  • Metabolic Disorders – Dr Tessa Pollard (Durham University)
  • Host-pathogen co-evolution – Dr Mark Booth (Wolfson Research Institute)
  • Maternal-Infant Health – Prof. Helen Ball (Durham University)
  • Mental Health – Prof. Daniel Nettle (Newcastle University)
  • Evolution of Ageing – Prof. Tom Kirkwood (Newcastle University)
  • Prehistoric Health – Prof. Charlotte Roberts (Durham University)
  • Emergency Medicine – Prof. Mervyn Singer (University College London)


May 8, 2012, 8:30 – 5:30

This one-day event aims to identify new opportunities in the field of evolutionary medicine by joining leaders in the field of evolutionary medicine with CEOs, venture capitalists, and social entrepreneurs. By keeping formal presentations short and allowing ample time for participants to explore common interests in a relaxed setting, we hope to foster the incubation of serious collaborations over the long term. One agenda of this conference is to identify opportunities for projects that might be soon ready for further practical development. On the flip side, evolutionary theory may help to identify those ventures that are likely or unlikely to pan out. An equally important agenda is for scientists and physicians to have opportunities to learn strategies for developing new fields from those with first-hand experience.
Admission is free for university affiliated students and faculty but preregistration is required
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University School of Medicine
Cocktail reception to follow, 5:30-6:30
Sponsored by Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Co-presented by the Palo Alto Institute, the Evolution Institute and the Foundation for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health

March 23-24, 2012


Phylomedicine is emerging as an important discipline at the intersection of Molecular Evolution and Genomic Medicine. It focuses on the understanding of human disease and health through the application of long-term molecular evolutionary history.
The Center for Evolutionary Medicine & Informatics (CEMI) and the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (SMBE) are excited to bring together researchers in Molecular Evolution and Genomic Medicine to advance the field of Phylomedicine in a 2-day symposium (Friday, March 23rd and Saturday March 24th). It will be held in Tempe, Arizona, at the Arizona State University campus.

February 5, 2012

Various studies have been published about micronutrients. But given the extreme complexity of the topic and thefact that many relevant studies derive from Biochemistry, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Anthropology and other scientific disciplines not directly related to Nutrition and Dietetics, there are few scientific publications in Nutrition journals approaching this topic in a global way. Therefore, NutriScience invited Professor Frits Muskiet, of Groningen University, a world-renowned scientific expert in Nutritional Sciences and Clinical Chemistry, to deliver an innovative 6-hour seminar about Vitamins and Minerals. During this seminar, Professor Muskiet will discuss studies from multiple disciplines to provide health professionals a scientific and evolutionary base for their clinical practice.
Faculty of Sciences (University of Lisbon, Portugal). More informations available at:


September 19-22, 2011

Genome Biology, in conjunction with Genome Medicine, is pleased to host the second annual Beyond the Genome conference in Washington DC from 19 – 22 September 2011. This year’s conference will focus on cancer genomics, the human microbiome and exome and genomic sequencing and how these approaches are being used to identify common and rare disease-causing mutations. Technological as well as medical or biological perspectives will be discussed.
The organizing committee includes Elaine Mardis (Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA), Karen Nelson (J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, USA), Mike Schatz (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA), Jay Shendure (University of Washington, Seattle, USA), and Genome Biology’s Editor, Clare Garvey.

September 12 – November 10, 2011

A series of talks at the Royal Zoological Society of  Scotland in Edinburgh Zoo.
In the company of Edinburgh Zoo’s chimpanzees, we present a series of talks on the evolutionaryx perspective that increasingly illuminates the subjects of health and medicine, ranging from studies of self-medication in our non-human primate relatives in the wild, to the new science of Evolutionary or “Darwinian” Medicine.
These talks are organized in conjunction with a series of events and displays on the same theme in the University of St.Andrews “Living Links to Human Evolution” Research Centre in the Zoo. The centre highlights the similarities between ourselves and other primates and emphasises that monkeys and apes are “living links” to our own evolutionary past.

August 8-10, 2011

An intensive course will be offered the week of August 8th, 2011 at the Mt Desert Island Biological Laboratories, located off the coast of Maine in Arcadia National Park.  The faculty will include Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington), Peter Gluckman (University of Auckland), Peter Ellison (Harvard University), Randolph Nesse (University of Michigan), and Stephen Stearns (Yale University).
The course will provide the 20 participants with an introduction to how health professionals can apply the principles of evolutionary biology in clinical, research, and educational settings.
To receive more detailed information about the co
urse, and to be considered for admission, send a brief note to that describes your background, current position, and why this course would be of interest.

July 25-29, 2011

The University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduate Summer Session. Taught by Betsy Foxman and Randolph Nesse
Course description
New applications of evolutionary theory to medicine are growing and helping to explain apparent paradoxes, such as rapidly increasing rates of breast cancer, increased asthma vulnerability in certain populations and the metabolic syndrome (For details see The Evolution Network at   Epidemiologists have begun to apply these principles and ask new questions, such as do genes that vary by latitude explain hypertension, and how might public health interventions for infectious disease be ‘evolution-proofed’ This course will explore how epidemiologists and other public health workers can make use of these advances in their own work.  Applying evolutionary theory can sharpen research questions, raise new possible explanations for observed phenomena and identify new types of exposure and outcome measures.
Pre-requisites:  No prior training in evolutionary biology is assumed.
For more information and registration:

June 29 – July 3, 2011

Symposium “Evolutionary Medicine: challenges and future directions”
The focus of the symposium will be on the breadth and on novel directions of the field of evolutionary medicine. It includes seven presentations from leading experts in the field. The preliminary program is available on the conference webpage.
For more information please contact Nicole Bender: .

June 19, 2011

SSE Symposium at Norman OK Meeting

Evolutionary Medicine Symposium in Honor of George Williams

Sunday, 19 June 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Mike Antolin ( Colorado State U.)
Randolph Nesse (U. of Michigan)
Anna DiRienzo (U. of Chicago)
Peter Gluckman (U. of Auckland)
Gil Omenn (U. of Michigan Med School)
Carlos Bustamante (Cornell U.)
Stephen Stearns (Yale U.)
Kathy Hanley (New Mexico State U.)
Dyann Wirth (Harvard School of Public Health)
Subhajyoti De & Franciska Michor (Harvard U.)
Carl Bergstrom (U. of Washington)
Irene Eckstrand (NIH)
Organizers: Michael Antolin (Colorado State U.) and Kristen Jenkins (NESCent)

June 15-17, 2011

  • Nutrition and Lifespan
  • Cell Signaling: Insulin, Sirtuins, mTOR
  • Micronutrients and Age-Related Diseases
Contact: Josiane Cillard, E-mail:

June 3-5, 2011

First biannual international Evolution and Cancer Conference
To inaugurate the world’s first Center for Evolution and Cancer9am-6pm, June 3, Mission Bay Conference Center, Fisher Hall, UCSF
9am-6pm, June 4-5 Mission Bay, Byers Hall, UCSFLeading scientists in the evolutionary biology of cancer, theoretical biology and human evolution will present their work at the first ever conference on evolution and cancer.  This conference is being hosted by the new Center for Evolution and Cancer at UCSF ( and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.Organizers: Carlo Maley (Director) and Athena Aktipis (Director of Human and Social Evolution)Registration (by May 25th)  is required but free ( and lunch will be provided for registered participants.  Questions should be sent to

April 13-16, 2011

A symposium on evolutionary medicine entitled “Evolution and Health over the Life Course” will be held during the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This symposium will focus on ways in which research conducted by evolutionary biologists and anthropologists can enrich our understanding of variation in human health. We will emphasize evolutionary trade-offs, natural variation versus pathology, and biological processes that affect health status over the life course. The symposium will be an opportunity to discuss contemporary research with particular relevance for the prevention and treatment of disease, including reproductive biology, nutrition, growth and development, immune function, and senescence. Organizers: Grazyna Jasienska, Diana Sherry

March 24-26, 2011

Darwinian Medicine At the 2011 EHBEA conference we will have a special themed session on ‘Darwinian Medicine’. Darwinian Medicine is a fascinating and developing area of evolutionary behavioural science which provides an invaluable perspective in the medical field.  Innovations suggested by evolutionary theory have included treatment of Crohn’s disease using parasitic worms, withdrawal of AIDS medication for controlled periods, a greater understanding of antibiotic resistance and re-labelling mental disorders as being adaptive responses to environmental challenge. Following presentations in this session there will be an open forum discussant where more general questions can be discussed in this exciting field. If you would like to contribute to this session please quote ‘Darwinian Medicine’ in the comment box when submitting your abstract. As for all abstracts submission is open until December 10th.
Organizer:Sue Aitken

25-26 February 2011

Evolutionary Medicine: Contributions to the Study of Disease and Immunity

Evolutionary medicine is a growing discipline that applies evolutionary reasoning to medical problems including the nature of disease and the ways that an individual responds to disease. Evolution has informed medical science about such diverse issues as the way the interaction between disease organisms and host response shape the nature of symptoms, and the causes of disease resistance and virulence and how to manage medical care to minimize them. This symposium will feature Dr. Randolph Nesse and Dr. Peter Gluckman, authors of the leading books on the topic. A wide range of speakers will consider how best to incorporate evolutionary thinking into medical school curricula, and the everyday thought process of medical practitioners.

Organizing Committee

  • David Houle, Department of Biological Science
  • Joseph Gabriel, College of Medicine
  • Michael Ruse, Department of Philosophy
  • Sarah Whylly, Department of Philosophy
Registration is free and open to all.  For more information, and to register for the conference, visit

February 20-25, 2011

Quantitative Genetics & Genomics From genome to phenotype. Quantitative genetics aims to link phenotypic variation for complex traits to its underlying genetic basis in order to better understand and predict genetic architecture and long term change within natural, agricultural, and human populations. Traditionally built upon statistical abstractions of genetic effects, the field is now rapidly advancing by making use of recent exciting developments in genetic and genomic technologies to reveal explicit links between genes and complex phenotypes, and therefore serves as a focal point for bringing together many emerging areas of genetics, genomics, physiology, statistics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. This synthesis is already having a large impact on the areas of evolutionary biology, plant and animal breeding, and the genetic analysis of human disease.   Organizer: Peter M. Visscher,


December 10, 2010

The evolution of human altruism Time:                     1:00 to 5:00p.m.  Location:               Salk Institute, DeHoffman Auditorium  Sponsor:               UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)  Co-Directors:        Ajit Varki, UCSD; Fred H. Gage, Salk Institute; Margaret J. Schoeninger, UCSD  Associate Director:                Pascal Gagneux, UCSD  Admission is Free, but Registration is required by going to the CARTA website: <>, clicking on, “Symposia”, clicking on “Altruism”, and hitting the “Register” button at the bottom of the page.

December 6-7, 2010

Systems Biology of Human Aging – SBHA 2010 As a catalyst for collaboration the conference brings together biologists, bioengineers, mathematicians, physicists, and computational scientists interested in a system-level understanding of biological aging and health span.   SBHA 2010 invites submissions for contributing presentations and posters covering a broad range of research. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Experimental and computational systems biology approaches – integrative models and predictions across biological scales – genetic, regulatory and metabolic networks – model organisms and conserved mechanisms – aging and disease associations.  Information: Andres Kriete, E-Mail:

November 6 – 10, 2010

The International Seafood and Health Conference and Exhibition Melbourne, Australia   In this conference, Prof. Michael Crawford, founder and director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London, will present his research on the role of DHA and other seafood-specific nutrients on the evolution of the human brain.

October 11-13, 2010

Beyond the Genome: The true gene count, human evolution and disease genomics Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts   This international conference brings together leading researchers and industry representatives who will review recent progress in key areas of post-genomic research in biology and medicine and chart future developments, including the Human Microbiome Project and the resequencing of matched tumour and normal genomes from specific types of cancers.   Information:

July 12-16, 2010

One Week Graduate Summer Course in Evolutionary Epidemiology School of Public Health, The University of Michigan   New applications of evolutionary theory to medicine are growing and helping to explain apparent paradoxes, such as rapidly increasing rates of breast cancer, increased asthma vulnerability in certain populations and the metabolic syndrome. Epidemiologists have begun to apply these principles and ask new questions, such as do genes that vary by latitude explain hypertension, and how might public health interventions for infectious disease be ‘evolution-proofed’. This course will explore how epidemiologists and other public health workers can make use of these advances in their own work. Applying evolutionary theory can sharpen research questions, raise new possible explanations for observed phenomena and identify new types of exposure and outcome measures. Pre-requisite: No prior training in evolutionary biology is assumed.
 Organizer: Randolph Nesse

June 21-25, 2010

The tenth annual John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities Cornell University in Ithaca, New York   This year’s week-long course will focus on important developments in evolutionary biology that have direct implications for how we conceptualize the nature and treatment of developmental disorders. Themes of the course will include development from an evolutionary and societal context, phenotyping, and evolution-based disease and animal models.
Fellowship application deadline: April 20, 2010

June 3-5, 2010

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES  Cornell University in Ithaca NY   This conference is rather biology-orientated (not explicit medical), but perhaps of interest to some. It is followed by a workshop on the same topic. Workshops are designed to provide graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other researchers with skills for modeling and analysis of ecological and evolutionary processes affecting infectious disease
dynamics. Emphasis is on analyses using the program R.   CONTACT INFORMATION: or

April 28, 2010

 Immunopathology & Immunosenescence: an evolutionary perspective  Hosted by The Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution (CIIE;, a Wellcome Trust-funded initiative to connect evolutionary biology to infection research and gain an interdisciplinary perspective on challenges to global health. Symposium remit: the study of disease has often been separated from the study of ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’ ageing, but it is now clear that immunopathology and immunosenescence play an integral role in the process of aging. Evolutionary theory provides a unifying framework from which to understand variation in the ageing process, but this has not been as widely applied as it might be. This symposium brings together researchers from a range of disciplines with the aim of integrating evolutionary, immunological and epidemiological thinking on the causes of variation in immunopathology and immunosenescence amongst individuals, populations and species.   Organisers: Dan Nussey ( & Tom Little (

April 26 – 30, 2010

Developmental Origins and Epigenesis in Human Health and Disease


Organizers: Judith Swain, Peter D. Gluckman, Michael Meaney and Anne Ferguson-Smith

April 1, 2010

Darwin, I presume? Knaw conference: evolutionary medicine Trippenhuis, Amsterdam. Admission is free.   This symposium is meant to explore the effects of evolution on
human health, including longevity, and will attempt to bring together the available information from different disciplines.   Organizers: Netherlands consortium for healthy ageing


March 19, 2010

Evolutionary Approaches to Disease and Health

Brunel University, West London, UK


March 31, 2010

Why are more unequal societies socially dysfunctional? Darwinian insights

University College London, UK   Organizers: Prof. Aubrey Sheiham / Prof. Richard Wilkinson

March 13, 2010

Lisbon, PortugalISCS Egas MonizSpeaker: Dr. Frits Muskiet (Groningen University)  Organizer: NutriScience – Education & Consulting



July 5–10, 2009

Evolution and Medicine Symposium
The Darwin 2009 Cambridge Festival

Cambridge, UK

May 13-16, 2009

Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

Miami Florida   New interest group on Evolution and Medicine is forming.   Contact Mark Schwartz at for more information. top

April 2-3, 2009

Evolution in Health and Medicine
Washington, D.C.
Organizers: Peter Ellison, Raju Govindaraju, Randolph M. Nesse and Stephen C. Stearns
Sackler Symposium (National Academy of Sciences)

March 12-14, 2009

Darwin’s Reach; A Celebration of Darwin’s Legacy Across Academic Disciplines
Hempstead, NY, USA
Holfrstra University
Organizer: Carol D. Mallison (


September 15-16, 2008

The Dawn of Evolutionary Epidemiology: Applying Evolutionary Theory in an Epidemiologic Context
Tucson, Arizona
American College of Epidemiology Annual Meeting
This will be the first major meeting on evolutionary applications in epidemiology.

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  1. The Editors

    March 12-14, 2009 Hofstra University Darwin’s Reach: A Celebration of Darwin’s Legacy Across Academic Disciplines

    Darwin’s Reach examines the impact of Darwin and Darwinian evolution on science and society in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin and the sesquicentennial of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. The central theme of this academic conference is an exploration of how Darwin’s ideas have revolutionized our understanding of both the living world and human nature. Papers exploring diverse topics on Darwin’s legacy are invited from a wide variety of disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, humanities and law. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

    * Darwin as a scientist * The reception and development of Darwinian evolution in the 19th and 20th centuries * Darwinian evolution in the 21st century * Misapplications of Darwinism * Evolution in the courts * Evolution in art and culture * Evolution and religion * Evolution and morality * Evolution and sex/gender * Evolution and medicine * Evolution and language * Evolution and socialization * Evolution and global climate change

    The conference begins Thursday, March 12 with a daylong session on Darwin in the Classroom – Evolution and Education; the formal academic program begins Friday, March 13.

    Keynote speakers include:

    Frans de Waal, Ph.D., Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University; author of Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape; preeminent researcher on primate social behavior

    Judge John E. Jones III, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, who ruled against the Dover (Pennsylvania) area school board’s attempt to introduce teaching on “intelligent design” into school science classes

    Jay Labov, Ph.D., senior advisor for education and communications at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

    William F. McComas, Ph.D., Parks Family Professor of Science Education, University of Arkansas; 2007 recipient of the Evolution Education Award sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)

    Presentations will be accepted on the basis of 200-word abstracts submitted by June 16, 2008. Presentation time for papers is limited to 20 minutes. Send abstracts to the Hofstra Cultural Center, to the attention of Carol D. Mallison at Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 30, 2008.

    For additional information, visit the Darwin’s Reach Web site:

  2. John Torday

    Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, January 3-6, 2009 Boston,MA

    Cell-Cell Signaling Drives the Evolution of Complex Traits

    The global concept of this symposium is that cell-cell signaling has ‘driven’ the vertical integration of vertebrate evolution. Among the principle vertebrate organs and systems there is a direct relationship between cell signaling and structure-function relationships in development, homeostasis, repair and aging. These mechanisms become progressively more derivative over evolutionary time, as the selection pressure becomes one for the interrelationships between organs- respiration and metabolism, metabolism and photoreception, respiration as Radical Oxygen Species and signal transduction. The speakers will address these hierarchical interrelationships in their models and mechanisms of choice.

    1. John Torday, Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA- “Introduction: Cell-cell signaling and lung evo-devo”.
    2. Susan Crockford, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria. “Evolution of Endocrine Mechanisms”
    3. Sally Leys, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta- “The Evolution of Vertebrate Body Plans”
    4. Scott Nichols, Post-Doctoral Student, UC-Berkley- “Cell-Cell Signaling and the Origins of Vertebrate Evolution”
    5. Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, U.Wisconsin-Madison “The Evolution of Animal-Bacterial Symbiosis”.
    6. Marty Cohn, U.Florida at Gainesville. Evolution of the urogenital tract?
    7. Nadia Mezentseva, Graduate Student, New York Medical College, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, “Evolution of Thermogenesis”.
    8. Arkhat Abzhanov, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School: “How Darwin’s Finches Got Their Beaks”
    9. Gary Litman, Professor of Immunology, U.Florida, “Evolution of Immunity”.
    10. Tomasz Owerkowicz, Post-Doctoral Fellow, UC-Irvine, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, “Evolution of the Cardiopulmonary System”.
    11. Jim Hicks, Comparative Physiology, UCI “How to Integrate Cell-Mol Evolution”

  3. Human Biology Association Plenary Session, April 1, 2009 –Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Chicago, IL.
    The past 10,000 years: Is there a mismatch between our environment and our genes?
    Recent developments make it possible to go beyond this simple assertion and address the question of how fast we can evolve, and what implications this may have for modern human variation and susceptibility to disease. These are the issues to be addressed by presenters at the 2009 HBA plenary session, organized by Gary James and Cynthia Beall.
    Gary D. James, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University
    Cynthia Beall, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University

    Raymond Pearl Memorial Lecture: Demography, endogamy, consanguinity, and the pace of recent human evolution
    Alan H. Bittles, Ph.D., Human Biology Department and Centre for Human Genetics, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

    2. Ancient genetic adaptations to climate and current susceptibility to chronic disease
    Anna Di Rienzo, Ph.D., Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago

    3. New Frameworks of Understanding for the Origins of Agriculture
    Bruce Smith, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Curator of North American Archaeology, Smithsonian Institution

    4. Starches, sugars and human evolution
    Nathan J. Dominy, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz,

    5. How humans have molded malaria vector genomes
    Greg Lanzaro, Ph.D., Director, University of California, Davis Mosquito Research Program, Departments of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

    6. How the malarias have molded the human genome
    Tom Wellums, M. D. Ph.D., Chief of the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIH

    7. Epigenetics, Imprinting, and Human Disease Susceptibility
    Randy L. Jirtle, Ph.D., Department of Radiation Biology, Duke University Medical Center

    8. Discussant
    Rick Kittles, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine

  4. CONFERENCE: “Nutrition and Diseases of Civilization – The Studies from Lund University”
    October 31, Starting at 9:30 AM, “Instituto Superior de Saúde Egas Moniz”, Monte da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal


    Dr. Staffan Lindeberg:

    • Ph.D. Medicine (Lund University, Sweden). Dissertation title: “Apparent absence of cerebrocardiovascular disease in Melanesians. Risk factors and nutritional considerations – the Kitava Study”.

    • General Practitioner (S:t Lars Primary Health Care Center, Lund)

    • M.D. (Lund University)

    • Associate Professor (Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University)

    • Principal Investigator of The Kitava Study

    • Senior author of the first intervention Studies with Pre-Agricultural diets


    9:30-10:45 – The Kitava Study:

    – Brief Description of The Kitava people (Papua-New Guinea)

    – Identification & Description of the markers analysed (Anthropometric Variables, Blood Pressure, Lipid Profile, Glycaemia, Insulinemia, Leptinemia, Uricemia, Adiponectinemia, Hemostatic and Fibrinolytic Variables, Bone density)

    – Results & Discussion

    10:45-11:10 – Healthy Snack

    11:10-11:50 – Intervention Studies with Pre-Agricultural Diets:

    – Introduction to the evolutionary basis of Nutrition

    – Dietary Intervention Studies in Humans:
    o Palaeolithic Type Diet vs Mediterranean Diet in Coronary Heart Disease Patients
    o Palaeolithic Type Diet vs Diabetes Diet in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

    – Intervention Study with an animal model (pig):
    o Palaeolithic Type Diet vs Cereal-based diet

    11:50-12:30 –Macronutrient composition vs Bioactive Substances in foods. Implications for Chronic Disease Prevention:

    – Limitations with diets that focus on Macronutrient Composition

    – Bioactive Peptides present in Neolithic Foods (Gluten-derived peptides, Lectins, Casomorphins, Betacellulin, etc.)

    – Lectins and Leptin Resistance

    12:30-13:15 – Discussion

  5. MEEGID XII, the 12th International Conference on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases will take place from the 11-13 December 2014 in Bangkok.

    The conference website can be view at

    MEEGID XII will give special emphasis to health problems of South East Asia through plenary lectures, specialized symposia, and poster sessions. The topics are:

    Genetics, genomics, proteomics, population biology, mathematical modeling and bioinformatics. Submissions can deal with the host, the pathogen, or the vector in case of vector-borne diseases
    Host + pathogen or pathogen + vector (co-evolution)
    All pathogens, including: viruses; parasitic protozoa; helminthes; fungal organisms and prions
    All infectious models, including those of veterinary or agronomical relevance
    Cancer and infectious diseases

    Submit your abstract here:

    Together, the MEEGID congress series and its companion journal, Infection, Genetics and Evolution represent the main forum for cross-fertilization between evolutionary science and biomedical research on infectious diseases.

    Attendance at this conference will enable you to access unique, high-quality content, learn about the latest developments in infectious diseases and epidemiology research from experts in the field, present your latest research to your peers and network with an interdisciplinary group from around the world – including academics and researchers,
    as well as health and industry professionals.

  6. Sophie Hayward

    MEEGID XIII: 13th International Conference on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 January 2016

    10-13 May 2016 | Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
    Join us at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp for MEEGID XIII, the leading conference on the molecular evolution of all pathogens: viruses, pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites and prions. Special emphasis (through plenary lectures, express debates and symposia) will be given to health problems of specific interest to the present world including: Ebola; tuberculosis; AIDS; malaria; cancer and infectious diseases.

    Conference Topics:
    Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 January 2016
    Oral and poster abstracts are now invited on the following topics. They should be submitted using the online abstract submission system:

    • Genetics, population genetics, genomics, proteomics, molecular epidemiology (strain typing), population biology, mathematical modeling and bioinformatics. Submissions can deal with the host (humans, wild and domestic animals, plants, the pathogen, or the vector in case of vector-borne diseases.
    • Host + pathogen or pathogen + vector, or pathogen + vector + host (co-evolution)
    • All pathogens, including: viruses; parasitic protozoa; helminthes; fungal organisms and prions
    • All infectious models, including those of veterinary or agronomical relevance
    • Cancer and infectious diseases.
    • Transmissible diseases and evolution of mankind.

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