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ISEMPH 2019 in Zurich

  • 13 Aug 2019
  • 5:00 PM (CEST)
  • 16 Aug 2019
  • 3:30 PM (CEST)
  • Zurich, Switzerland


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Base fee:
  • Until May, 31, 2019
  • There is no registration fee for ISEMPH members at the Sponsor level.
  • Until May, 31, 2019
  • Until May, 31, 2019
  • Until May, 31, 2019

In order to receive the member rate on events and meetings, your membership application must be paid before you purchase your event registration. Your registration is refundable (except for bank fees) until July 1, 2019.

Registration is now open, with additional discounts for ISEMPH members.

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The Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health will be at the University of Zurich, Switzerland August 13-16. Students, researchers, clinicians and others are all welcome. 

ISEMPH 2019 is profoundly interdisciplinary meeting that emphasizes the multiple interfaces between evolutionary biology and human health in medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology and epidemiology. Students and clinicians at all stages of professional development are especially welcome. Only 300 seats are available, so register early. Cancellations before June 1 are eligible for a refund.

The Hosting Committee is chaired by Frank Rühli, Prof. Dr. Dr. med. (Professor of Evolutionary Medicine,  University of Zurich, Switzerland), and Nicole Bender, MD, PhD (University of Zurich, Switzerland).  
The Program Committee is chaired by Jacobus (Koos) Boomsma, PhD (Chair) , Professor of Evolutionary Biology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers 

  • Prof. Bernard J. Crespi, Simon Fraser University, Canada: How evolutionary biology can frame a unified theory for understanding human mental illness.
  • Prof. Dario Valenzano, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany: African killifishes shed light on the genomic basis of life history trait evolution in vertebrates.
  • Prof. Kayla King, University of Oxford, UK: Protectors vs. killers: microbes within the host as drivers of pathogen evolution.
  • Prof. Verena Schünemann, University of Zurich, Switzerland: Ancient DNA and pathogens: uncovering the past of human diseases
  • Winners of the George C. Williams Prize and the Gilbert Omenn Prize will also give plenary talks

The mission of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health's is to foster communication among scientists, students, clinicians and public health professionals who use evolutionary insights to improve medical research and practice, and information on human health and disease to advance evolutionary biology. Previous meetings have been at Arizona State University, Duke University, Groningen, Netherlands (with ESEB), and Park City, Utah. The 2020 meeting will be at the University of Georgia, the 2021 meeting will be in Lisbon. 

In addition to annual meetings, ISEMPH sponsors the Oxford University Press journal Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health, The Evolution and Medicine Review, and EvMedEd.

Topics covered in ISEMPH meetings include:

·    Adaptation and host defenses

·    Antibiotic resistance

·    Cancer evolution

·    Cardiovascular disease

·    Chronic degenerative diseases

·    Developmental plasticity

·    Emerging diseases

·    Epigenetic causes of disease

·    Evolutionary arms races

·    Evolutionary aspects of aging

·    Evolutionary aspects of pharmaceuticals

·    Evolutionary genetics

·    Evolutionary psychology

·    Gene-environment mismatch

·    Health-related evolutionary trade-offs

·    Hygiene and public health

·    Immunology

·    Life history theory

·    Lifestyle diseases

·    Obesity and diabetes

·    Oral health

·    Mental health and disorders

·    Microbiomes

·    Molecular and population genetics

·    Pathogen evolution

·    Pediatrics

·    Personalized medicine

·    Pharmacogenomics

·    Phylogenomics

·    Reproductive diseases and women's health

·    Sleep disorders

·    Stress response

·    Veterinary medicine

·    Viral evolution

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