The 5th Annual Meeting was in Zurich, August 13-16, 2019

    The full schedule with abstracts is online  

    The program is also available here as a .docx  and here with all abstracts. 



    The Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health was in Zurich, Switzerland August 13-16, 2019. Students, researchers, clinicians and others are all welcome. 

    ISEMPH 2019 will gather delegates from around the world. It follows in the footsteps of successful previous meetings in Tempe, Arizona; Durham, North Carolina; Groningen, The Netherlands and Park City, Utah. ISEMPH 2019 is profoundly interdisciplinary and emphasizes the multiple interfaces between evolutionary biology and human health in the complementary fields of medicine, evolutionary biology, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology and epidemiology. The meetings particularly welcome students and clinicians at all stages of professional development.

    The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health's fosters communication among scientists, students, clinicians and public health professionals who use evolutionary insights to improve medical research and practice, and information on human health and disease to advance evolutionary biology.  ISEMPH sponsors annual meetings, the journal Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health, The Evolution and Medicine Review, and EvMedEd.



    Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME) 

    The Evolutionary Medicine Conference 2019: 5th international meeting of the International
    Society for Evolution Medicine and Public Health, Zurich, Switzerland, 13/08/2019-16/08/2019 has
    been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®)
    with 15 European CME credits
    (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of
    credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

    Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American
    Medical Association
    , physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA
    Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be
    found at

    Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for
    ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the
    Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

    The Swiss Society for Public Health Doctors (SPHD) accredites 20 CME for this congress.

    The Swiss Society for General and Internal Medicine (SGAIM) accredites 6 CME for this congress.



    Acceptable Behavior at Meetings

    To maintain an open and respectful community of scientists, the Society does not tolerate illegal or inappropriate behavior at any conference, including violations of applicable laws pertaining to sale or consumption of alcohol or drugs; destruction of property; harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment; and inappropriate or suggestive acts that demean other people by reason of their gender, gender identity or expression, race, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, age, or disability.  Anyone who observes such behavior should report it to a member of the hosting committee. The Council has authority to take actions necessary for enforcement. Intercessor for behavior issues that may need intervention: Gillian Bentley



    Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland with more than 400'000 inhabitants. First signs of settlement at the Zurich lake shore were dated 5000 years ago. The first mentioning of the name Turicum (latin for Zurich) was 57/58 BC. Today Zurich is a vibrant modern city with a high life quality and standard of living.

    There are numerous guided tours, museums, parks, and other sightseeing possibilities in and around Zurich. Please visit the Zurich toursism website for a comprehensive overview:



    The 5th annual ISEMPH meeting will take place at the main building of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The University of Zurich is one of the leading research universities in Europe and is situated at the heart of the city, few minutes from the Zurich main station. The main building is a pittoresque ancient building of the 19th century. The main lecture hall, the Aula, was the place where Winston Churchill in 1946 issued his famous call to action "Therefore I say to you: Let Europe Arise!".

    The keynote talks will take place in the Aula, posters and catering will be placed in the Patio, parallel sessions and meeting will take place at further lecture halls and rooms in the same building. 

    Address:  Rämistrasse 71,  CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland 


    Patio of the University main building               Aula, the main lecture hall                             The University main building entrance


    Hosting Committee

    • Frank Rühli, Prof. Dr . Dr. med. (Professor of Evolutionary Medicine,  University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Nicole Bender, MD, PhD (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Lafi Aldakak, PhD Student (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Corina Steiner, Administration (University of Zurich, Switzerland) 
    • Susanne Ruckstuhl, Administration (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • David Etter, Administration (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Marianne Ott, Administration (University of Zurich, Switzerland) 

    Program Committee

    • Jacobus (Koos) Boomsma, PhD (Chair) , Professor of Evolutionary Biology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
    • Joe Alcock, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA)                                    
    • Nicole Bender, MD, PhD (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
    • Gillian Bentley, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, University of Durham (Durham, UK)
    •  Isabel Gordo, PhD, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal)
    • Paul Griffith, PhD, Professor of Philosophy (University of Sydney, Australia)
    • Michael Hochberg, PhD, Professor of Population Biology (University of Montpellier, France)
    •  Jon Laman, PhD, Professor of Immune Physiology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    • Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Professor of Medicine/Cardiology (UCLA, USA)                                                     
    • Anne Stone, PhD, Professor of Evolutionary Medicine (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA)                                           
    • Marlene Zuk, PhD, Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA)    


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