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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.

2022 G.C. Williams Prize Award

2022 G.C. Williams Prize Award

The 2022 prize for the most significant article published the previous year in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health is awarded to:

Evolutionary selection of alleles in the melanophilin gene that impacts on prostate organ function and cancer risk, by Ermini, Luca, Jeffrey C Francis, Gabriel S Rosa, Alexandra J Rose, Jian Ning, Mel Greaves, and Amanda Swain, all from The Institute of Cancer Research in London.

First author Luca Ermini, pictured above, will present the work in a plenary session at ISEMPH 2022.

The Prize Committee also recognized three other articles as finalists.

The Prize Committee included Konstantinos Voskarides (chair), Eric Shattuck, and Jessica Hoffman,