The mission of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health is to foster communication among scientists, students, clinicians and public health professionals who want to use evolutionary insights to improve medical research and practice, and to use studies of human health and disease to advance evolutionary biology.  To accomplish this mission ISEMPH sponsors annual meetings, the journal Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health, The Evolution and Medicine Reviewand EvMedEd.   Join ISEMPH to help us discover new ways that evolutionary biology can improve human health. 

Statement from ISEMPH President on Racial Equity (June 11, 2020)

It is impossible to fully express our sorrow and anger at the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others before them, who have been murdered, injured, or harassed due to the color of their skin.

Racism and racial inequalities are ingrained in society and as scholars, educators, clinicians and students, we have a responsibility to make the world more equitable and just. The mission of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health is to foster communication among scientists, students, clinicians and public health professionals to use evolutionary insights to improve medical research and practice, and to use studies of human health and disease to advance evolutionary biology. The Members of the Society’s Council and I call for these fields to collaboratively recognize and acknowledge the role of racism, both historically and in current research and clinical practice, in undermining public health goals and to shift the discourse and agenda of public health, healthcare systems and scientific research to more actively engage in racial justice efforts.

We hope you will join ISEMPH as we commit to:

  • Being intentional about whose research and experiences we highlight in our laboratories and classrooms, recognizing that representation matters
  • Creating and protecting safe spaces for colleagues and students from racially subordinated communities
  • Addressing injustice, racism and structural inequalities wherever and in whichever form they are found in any part of the world, including among countless communities who do not identify as racially subordinate but who have similar experiences of exclusion and discrimination
  • Supporting science, education, and social policies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure everyone benefits from different perspectives
  • Promoting research and educational efforts that recognize, investigate and reduce health disparities
  • Supporting individuals and organizations who are working to end racism and social injustice through protest, legal action, and systemic reform efforts
  • The members of the Council and I will evaluate all ISEMPH programs, procedures, and position statements with the express intent of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level of the organization.

Much work remains to be done as individuals, as a society, and as a community. By working together, we can help make the world truly equitable for all.

Sincerely,
Barbara N. Horowitz, MD
ISEMPH President

The 2019 meeting was August 13-16 at the University of Zurich. Frank Rühli and Nicole Bender chaired the hosting committee, Koos Boomsma chaired the program committee.  The abstracts from the 2019 meeting in Zurich are now online 

The 2021 meeting will be in Lisbon, Portugal.  Patricia Brito is leading planning for the meeting, Michael Hochberg will chair the program committee. 

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Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health is an open access Oxford University Press journal that publishes original, rigorous applications of evolutionary thought to issues in medicine and public health. It aims to connect evolutionary biology with the health sciences to produce insights that may reduce suffering and save lives. In addition to research and review articles it publishes very short overviews of clinical topics and core principles of evolutionary medicine. Charles Nunn is the Editor. He welcomes email notes about possible article.


The Evolution & Medicine Review (EMR) is a  scientific publication created by and for the community of scientists, scholars, clinicians and teachers working at the interface of evolution and medicine/public health.The EMR provides open access to carefully selected information from diverse sources, along with engaging commentary and opportunities for discussion. The Editor welcomes suggestions for articles of interest to the evolution and medicine community. 


EvMedEd is a searchable sortable database of over 1500 links to authoritative resources for evolutionary medicine. Teachers and students will find it especially useful, but it is also for scientists, clinicians and anyone curious about how evolutionary biology is being used to understand disease and improve health. It can be used to create evolutionary medicine classes, to add content to other classes, or to find relevant short videos or papers during hospital rounds or informal discussions. Please add resources to the database! 

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