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. 

2020 ISEMPH Annual Meeting Cancelled

On behalf of the ISEMPH leadership, we extend our thoughts and concerns for all communities affected by COVID-19. After thoughtful consideration and deliberations, we have made the difficult and necessary decision to cancel the 2020 ISEMPH Annual Meeting scheduled to be held in Athens, Georgia from July 15 – 18, 2020. In light of recent guidance from public health officials, it became clear to us that canceling the annual meeting would be the best course of action at this time.

We thank everyone who submitted abstracts and have enthusiastically engaged with the ISEMPH leadership about the work of the society. In the coming months, we plan to host web-based seminars, journal clubs and other engaging activities to continue our conversations around the topics of evolution, medicine and public health. We welcome your feedback on the type of activities and topics that would be of greatest interest to you. Please e-mail your ideas to:

What Happens Next?

If you registered for the ISEMPH Annual Meeting, you will receive a full registration refund by the end of March 2020. Once your registration cancellation is processed, you will receive confirmation in a separate email. Should you not receive a refund to the original form of payment you used, send an e-mail to for a status update. Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel and housing reservations. 

We look forward to being in touch again very soon as our plans for alternative engagement and educational activities come together in the months ahead. In the meantime, please take good care. 


Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D.
President, ISEMPH

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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Join our network of interdisciplinary scholars, clinicians, and researchers. You can subscribe to the newsletter for free, but Full members get reduced meeting and publication fees, early access to news and meeting information, access to more information on the EvMedNetwork database of over 1000  members, and advanced search options and access to all 1500+ resources on EvMeded. And, most important of all, the satisfaction and excitement of contributing to the growth of a new field. 

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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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