Evolution in Health and Medicine

Organized by Peter Ellison, Diddahally R. Govindaraju, Randolph M. Nesse and Stephen C. Stearns
April 2-3, 2009
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

Evolution, genetics and medicine share a long and distinguished tradition. Although evolutionary biology and genetics merged during the Modern Synthesis of the mid- 20th century, medicine has remained isolated from the evolutionary half of the synthesis.  This is somewhat surprising, given that the foundations for much of the present day medical and human genetics, were laid by the evolutionary insights of pioneering physicians long before DNA’s functions were understood.  Many medical applications of evolutionary biology are only now being recognized. This colloquium will include evolutionary biologists, physician scientists, human geneticists and biologists, epidemiologists, veterinary scientists and ethicists who are working towards an interdisciplinary synthesis that will bring the full power of evolutionary biology to bear in medicine, public health and related fields devoted to human and animal health and welfare.

See Program Agenda

Annual Sackler Lecture
E.O. Wilson will present the Sackler Lecture, entitled Evolution and the Future of the Earth at 6:00 pm on April 2nd at the National Academy of Sciences auditorium.  The lecture, which is free and open to the public  is preceeded by a poster session and reception in the Great Hall at 5:00 p.m.

RSVP is not necessary for colloquium registrants.  General Public wishing to attend should click here to RSVP.

Colloquium Registrationclick here to register

Graduate / postdoctoral student registration     $100
Early registration (until March 2, 2009)               $250
Regular registration (after March 3, 2009)          $350

Online registration accepts MasterCard and Visa only.  To arrange payment via University Department or company check, please contact sackler@nas.edu

Graduate / Postdoctoral Student Travel Awards

To facilitate participation by younger researchers, the organizers will award a minimum of 25 travel reimbursements of up to $250 – $100 for hotel, $150 for transportation.  Travel award applicants must register online , including payment, and submit a poster abstract and CV by February 15.  Awardees will be notified prior to the colloquium and reimbursements are made after the colloquium with receipts.

Poster Session

There will be a poster session in the Great Hall during the reception preceding the Annual Sackler Lecture on Thursday evening.  Participants must submit an abstract no later than February 15 for inclusion in the printed program materials.  Poster boards 2 x 3, pushpins, and easels will be supplied.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Melrose Hotel, approximately 6 blocks from the National Academy of Sciences building for the federal per diem rate of $209 plus tax per night until February 24th.  After February 24th, we cannot guarantee that a room will be available.  Registration confirmation will contain a link to the hotel’s secure website for online reservations in this block.