Omenn Prize to Barroso-Batista et al. for an article on adaptive immunity

The Gilbert S. Omenn Prize is awarded by the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health for the best article published each year on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health.  The prize for 2015 goes to, “Adaptive immunity increases the pace and predictability of evolutionary chance in commensal gut bacteria” by Joao Barroso-Batista, Jocelyne Demengeot and Isabel Gordo from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Portugal.

The article appeared in Nature Communications 6: 8945, 2015 and is open access. First author Joao Barroso-Batista, a graduate student, will receive the $5,000 prize and present a talk at the 2016 ISEMPH meeting in North Carolina. The prize is made possible by a generous donation from Gilbert Omenn. The Prize Committee—Andrew Read, David Haig, Grazyna Jasienska —found the paper an impressive experimental demonstration of the processes driving bacterial evolution within individual hosts. Joao Barroso-Batista et al. show that immune deficiency slows the rate of bacterial adaptation and makes it less predictable. Evidently, beneficial alleles confer stronger evolutionary advantages in animals with intact immunity. (more…)

Evolution and Medicine High School Curriculum Supplement Available Free for Fall Classes

This supplement, sponsored by 10 participating NIH institutes and centers and the Office of the Director. is available without charge for all of your students .  Paper versions are being mailed now, the web version is also available.  The teacher’s supplement is now available For details seethe NIH website  for curriculum supplements.

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Sackler Colloquium on Evolution in Health and Medicine

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.

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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

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.