ISEMPH 2021 Program

Dates: July 14-16, 2021

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

Location: Virtual!

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!
  • 14 special symposia.
  • Presentation by the Williams prize winner.
  • Presentation by the Omenn prize winner: Chelsea Weibel for the paper "Accelerated reproduction is not an adaptive response to early-life adversity in wild baboons” (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Oct 2020, 117 (40) 24909-24919, with Jenny Tung, Susan C. Alberts, and Elizabeth A. Archie).
  • Grand Challenges activity to work in teams to develop a grant proposal or paper about a critical topic in evolutionary medicine.

Download the working schedule (subject to change)

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

Special Symposia:

Evolution and Health Disparities

Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Medicine Courses

Education in Evolutionary Medicine

Evolutionary Medicine at the Bedside

Organizational Immunity: Evolutionary and Epidemiological Aspects of Infection Prevention by Contact Modulation

Evolutionary and Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Sickness Communication

Psychology of COVID-19

Evolutionary Psychiatry and Neurodiversity

The Utmost Importance of Evolutionary Medicine for Global Health

What Has GWAS Taught Us About Natural Selection

Light and Sleep: The Use and Misuse of Artificial Light in Different Societies

Evolutionary Developmental Pathology: Development, Variations, Pathologies, 'Natural Mutants', and Phenotype-Genotype Links

Generating and Testing Hypotheses in Evolutionary Medicine: Banning the Idiopathic

Philosophical Considerations in Evolutionary Medicine

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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