Upcoming events

    • 22 Jan 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom; meeting link to be shared upon registration

    Wealth, inequality, and health in a small-scale subsistence society

    RESCHEDULED! Now Friday, January 22nd at 12pm EST

    headshots of Adrian Jaeggi and Aaron Blackwell

    Join us for a conversation with Adrian Jaeggi, Assistant Professor and Head of the Human Ecology Group at the University of Zurich Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, and Aaron Blackwell, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. In high-income countries, relative wealth and inequality may affect health by causing psychosocial stress. We test this hypothesis in a small-scale subsistence society, the Tsimane. We associated relative household wealth and community-level wealth inequality with a range of psychosocial and health outcomes (depressive symptoms, social conflicts, non-social problems, social support, cortisol, BMI, blood pressure, self-rated health, morbidities) controlling for community mean wealth, age, sex, community size, distance to town and relevant random effects. Wealth inequality was associated with respiratory disease, the leading cause of mortality in the Tsimane. Both inequality and wealth were associated with blood pressure. However, psychosocial stress did not mediate these associations. These findings suggest effects of socio-economic hierarchies on health in any society, but that some effects are exacerbated in high-income countries. Sign up here for the meeting link.


    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom; meeting link to be shared upon registration

    Successful Aging in the Forest: How wild chimpanzees can help us understand the evolution of human aging

    Thursday, January 28th at 12pm EST

    headshot of Melissa Emery Thompson and a picture of a chimpanzee

    Join us for a conversation with Melissa Emery Thompson, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Recent research has revealed that despite shorter life expectancies, humans in small-scale subsistence populations exhibit surprisingly good health, suggesting that some debilitating diseases of aging may be novel products of industrialized environments. This research highlights an urgency to look deeper in our evolutionary past to understand how we age today. I will discuss emerging findings from the first longitudinal study to examine aging in our closest evolutionary relatives, chimpanzees, in their natural environment. Attendees may be interested in reading articles in a recent theme issue on primate aging

    After the talk, perspectives on how the research applies in a clinical setting will be presented by Arun Karlamangla, Professor of Medicine with a specialty in geriatric medicine at UCLA. Sign up here for the meeting link.

Past events

11 Jan 2021 Club EvMed: Integrating evolutionary dynamics into clinical cancer treatment
1 Dec 2020 Club EvMed: Age-dependence in evolutionary mismatch with Michael R. Rose and Grant Rutledge
17 Nov 2020 Club EvMed: Social immunity with Sylvia Cremer, Nathalie Stroeymeyt, and Chris Pull
12 Nov 2020 Club EvMed: The Nature of Fear with Daniel Blumstein
4 Nov 2020 Club EvMed: Postdoc Spotlight with Caroline Amoroso, Amrita Bhattacharya, and Angela Garcia
27 Oct 2020 Club EvMed: Pathogen selection for HLA gene diversity with Tobias Lenz
19 Oct 2020 Club EvMed: evolutionary understanding of aging and cancer with James DeGregori
13 Oct 2020 Club EvMed: Survival of the Friendliest with Brian Hare
6 Oct 2020 Club EvMed: SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in 400 species with Elinor Karlsson
1 Oct 2020 Club EvMed: Race and evolutionary medicine with Joseph L. Graves Jr.
24 Sep 2020 Club EvMed: Student Spotlight with Lafi Aldakak, Chenlu Di, and Iman Hamid
17 Sep 2020 Club EvMed: Physical inactivity with Daniel Lieberman
10 Sep 2020 Club EvMed: Human birth timing with Abbe Labella, Abin Abraham, Lou Muglia, Antonis Rokas, and Tony Capra
3 Sep 2020 Club EvMed: Cancer and life history traits with Amy Boddy
27 Aug 2020 Club EvMed: Racial differences in immune respone to Helicobacter pylori with Meira Epplein and Julia Butt
20 Aug 2020 Club EvMed: The new tangled bank of disease with Brandon Ogbunu
20 Jul 2020 Club EvMed: High-altitude hypoxia with Cynthia Beall
15 Jul 2020 Cancelled: 2020 ISEMPH Pre-Meeting Workshop
15 Jul 2020 Cancelled: ISEMPH 2020 in Athens, Georgia
14 Jul 2020 Club EvMed: Tracking pathogens through time with Verena Schuenemann
6 Jul 2020 Club EvMed: Evolution of skin color with Nina Jablonski
30 Jun 2020 Club EvMed: The nature of adolescence with B. N. Horowitz
23 Jun 2020 Club EvMed: Batural Selection with Bernard Crespi
15 Jun 2020 Club EvMed: Social determinants of health with Jenny Tung, Noah Snyder-Mackler, and Dan Belsky
11 Jun 2020 Club EvMed: Tacit creationism in emotions research with Randolph Nesse
3 Jun 2020 Club EvMed: The role of chance in evolution with Sean B. Carroll
26 May 2020 Club EvMed: The evolution of cheating cells in cancer with Athena Aktipis
18 May 2020 ClubEvMed: Evolution and Avoiding Catastrophic Risks with Daniel Blumstein and Terence Taylor
15 May 2020 ClubEvMed: Cytokine Storm with Joe Alcock
13 Aug 2019 ISEMPH 2019 in Zurich
1 Aug 2018 ISEMPH 4th Annual Meeting

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