ISEMPH 2021 Program

Dates: July 14-16, 2021

Times: 3-9 pm UTC (11am-5 pm EDT)

Location: Virtual!

  • A PDF program schedule will be available here.
  • Links to all pre-recorded oral presentations and posters will be available here
  • Links to open session, poster session, and symposia discussions and Q&A will be available here.

We are excited to offer the following experiences:

  • Opening and closing remarks by Barbara Natterson Horowitz, Frank Rühli, Stephen Stearns, and Randolph Nesse.
  • Plenary sessions by Kizzmekia Corbett, Kath Maitland, Beverly Strassmann, and Paul Turner.
  • Global Village activity where people can share something from their home town/region, from food and drink, to song, dance, poetry, pictures, and so on. A cultural show and tell!
  • Over 15 special symposia.
  • Grand Challenges activity to work in teams to develop a grant proposal or paper about a critical topic in evolutionary medicine.

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, 8 pm UTC

   Dr. Kath Maitland

   Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London

   "The FEAST Trial: 10 Years On"

   July 16, 3:10 pm 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, 3:10 pm 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, 8 pm UTC

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

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