The Gilbert S. Omenn Prize

Nominations are open now for the  2017 Omenn Prize
Submission Deadline February 28, 2018
Prize awarded at the 2018 ISEMPH Meeting in Park City, Utah

The International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health invites nominations for the Omenn Prize of $5000 for the best article published in 2017 in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health.

The prize, provided by the generosity of Gilbert S. Omenn, will be awarded to the first author of the winning article.  Authors are encouraged to nominate their own articles, but nominations of articles by others are also welcome.

Directions for Nominations

Nominations will be collected using Google Forms. The form requests the title, the authors and the doi of the nominated article, along with a brief statement in support of your nomination.Any relevant peer-reviewed article with a publication date of 2017 for the final version of the article is eligible, but the prize is intended for work that uses evolutionary principles to advance understanding of a disease or disease process.  The prize committee will give priority to articles with implications for human health, but many basic science or theoretical articles have such implications.

Submit Nomination for Omenn Prize

The Prize Committee for this year is chaired by Cynthia Beall, and its members are Sean Byars, Katia Koelle, Robert Perlman and Jonathan Wells.  Papers by committee members, their students and lab group members are not eligible, and articles by their co-authors or close associates are subject to examination for conflict of interest.  The winner will be invited to present a talk at the  meeting of the International Society for Evolution and Medicine.

2016 Omenn Prize Winner: Alison Feder

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The George C. Williams Prize


The International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health is proud to announce the launch of the George C. Williams Prize. The $5,000 Prize will be awarded to the first author of the most significant article published in 2017 in the Society’s flagship journal, Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. Oxford University Press publishes the journal open access. Stephen Stearns is the editor. All articles published in 2017 will be automatically considered for the Prize.

The Prize recognizes the contributions of George C Williams to evolutionary medicine, and aims to encourage and highlight important research in this growing field. In a seminal 1957 paper, Williams initiated work on several problems central to medicine, including an evolutionary theory of aging and life history traits including menopause. He did important work on the problem of why sex exists. Perhaps his most lasting contribution is his 1966 book Adaptation and Natural Selection, a critique of group selection that transformed how biologists think about the evolution of sociality. In the 1990’s he collaborated with Randolph Nesse on a series of papers and a book that inspired much ongoing work on how evolutionary biology can help us understand disease and improve human health.

The Society’s Publications Committee, chaired by Andrew Read, will appoint the Prize Committee. The Prize Committee will interpret the criterion of “most significant article” with attention to the focus on major unanswered questions that characterized the work of George Williams. Articles by members of the Prize Committee and their students and close colleagues are not eligible for the prize. Members of the Publications Committee and their students and close colleagues are eligible with special restrictions.

To submit an article see

The 2017 Prize Committee:

  • Bob Gatenby (Chair), H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center 
  • Rick Bribiscas, Yale University
  • Steven Austad, University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Prize is made possible by donations from Doris Williams, Randolph Nesse, and other supporters of Evolution Medicine, & Public Health

2017 Award Winners:

 “Time from pre-eclampsia diagnosis to delivery affects future health prospects of children”  by Birgitte Hollegaard; Jacob A. Lykke; Jacobus J. Boomsma. University of Copenhagen. View the article.

A representative of the award-winning paper will give a keynote at the 2018 ISEMPH meeting in Park City, Utah. 

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