ISEMPH 2021 Program

Dates: July 14-16, 2021

Times: 15:00-21:00 UTC(11 am-5 pm EDT)

Location: Virtual!

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We are excited to offer the following experiences:


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Please note that the schedule and program are subject to changes

Links to the pre-recorded oral presentations and posters as well as all live conference events are available HERE.

Plenary speakers:

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

"SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine development enabled by prototype pathogen preparedness"

July 15, 20:00 UTC

Dr. Kath Maitland

Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London

"The FEAST Trial: 10 Years On"

 July 16, 15:00 UTC

Dr. Beverly Strassmann

Anthropology, The University of Michigan

"Developmental Origins in Evolutionary Perspective: A 20-year Prospective Cohort Study of the Dogon of Mali"

July 15, 15:00 UTC

Dr. Paul Turner

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

"Leveraging Evolutionary Trade-Offs and Phage Selection Pressure to Reduce Bacterial Pathogenicity in Patient Therapy"

July 16, 20:00 UTC

Invited Symposia:

  • Evolution and Health Disparities
  • Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Medicine Courses: Global Examples and Perspectives
  • Organizational Immunity: Evolutionary and Epidemiological Aspects of Infection Prevention by Contact Modulation
  • Psychology of COVID-19
  • Light and Sleep: The Use and Misuse of Artificial Light in Different Societies
  • Evolutionary and Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Sickness Communication
  • What Has GWAS Taught Us About Natural Selection?
  • Generating and Testing Hypotheses in Evolutionary Medicine: Banning the Idiopathic
  • Moving Toward Active Learning Classrooms and Activities for Teaching Evolutionary Medicine
  • Evolutionary Medicine at the Bedside
  • Evolutionary Psychiatry and Neurodiversity
  • Evolutionary Medicine and Palaeopathology Synergies: Are We Moving Forward?
  • The Utmost Importance of Evolutionary Medicine for Global Health
  • Evolutionary Developmental Pathology (Evo-Devo-Path): Development, Variations, Pathologies, 'Natural Mutants,' and Phenotype-Genotype Links
  • Philosophical Considerations in Evolutionary Medicine

Open oral sessions:

  • Reproduction
  • Development
  • Cancer
  • Physiology, Health, and Behavior
  • Pathogens, Microbiology, and Microbiomes
  • Cancer and Senescence
  • Health Disparities and Education
  • COVID-19

Posters sessions:

  • Physiology and Health
  • Reproduction
  • Behavior and Education

The ISEMPH program committee for 2021 includes Michael Muehlenbein (Chair), Joe Alcock, Nicole Bender, Michelle Blyth, Sylvia Cremer, Bernie Crespi, Isabel Gordo, Joe Graves, Michael Hochberg (Co-Chair), Jay Labov,  Alejandra Nuñez De La Mora, Gillian Pepper, and Frank Rühli. 

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