Join us for the 6th Annual Meeting in Athens, July 15-18, 2020!

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    Important Dates

    • Now - April 30, 2020: Register early to secure discounts for ISEMPH Members and Non-Members. 
    • April 1, 2020: Abstract submission deadline
    • May 8, 2020: Abstract notifications
    • May 1 - June 30, 2020: Regular registration fees
    • June 1, 2020: Last day to cancel registration and get a full refund (minus banking fees of up to 3%). 
    • June 30, 2020: Regular registration ends, late registration begins, final program posted.
    • July 15, 2020: Welcome reception in the evening, pre-meeting activities during the day. A pre-conference workshop entitled "Evolution of Emerging Viruses" will be held that day. Separate registration required. Details TBD.
    • July 15-18, 2020: The 6th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health  

    About the 2020 Annual Meeting

    The Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health will be in Athens, Georgia, from July 15-18, 2020. ISEMPH 2020 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; Park City, Utah; and Zurich, Switzerland. ISEMPH 2020 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 welcome students and clinicians at all stages of professional development.

    The 2020 program will include plenary sessions led by some of the world's leading evolutionary medicine experts including:

    Vaughn Cooper, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak about "The Roles of Chance, History, and Natural Selection in the Evolution of Pathogenesis and Antimicrobial Resistance."

    Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, will speak about "Urban Wildlife: A One Health Challenge."

    Sudhir Kumar, PhD, Laurel H. Carnell Professor and Director of the Institute of Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine at Temple University, will speak on how "Evolution Informs Genomic Medicine."

    Nina Marano, DVM, MPH, Chief of the Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Branch, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak about "One Health in Action at the CDC: Protecting Health in the United States and Around the World."

    Beverly Strassmann, PhD
    , Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, will speak about "Developmental Origins in Evolutionary Perspective: A 20-Year Prospective Cohort Study of the Dogon of Mali."

    Paul Turner, PhD, Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Yale University School of Medicine, will speak about "Leveraging Evolutionary Trade-Offs and Phage Selection Pressure to Reduce Bacterial Pathogenicity."

    The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 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 HealthThe Evolution and Medicine Review, and EvMedEd.

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    Hosting Committee Chair: Elizabeth Uhl, Associate Professor of Anatomic Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. 

    Program Committee Chair: Michael Muehlenbein, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Baylor University

    Applications for Continuing Education Credits are being reviewed. Updates to be provided.

    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. 

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