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The International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health 2nd Annual Meeting will be held in Durham, North Carolina.  ISEMPH 2016 brings together scientists, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field. This open meeting is designed to bridge the many different disciplines where relevant research takes place, including infectious disease, public health, genetics, anthropology, psychology, oncology, ecology, and veterinary medicine. Hundreds of scientists will attend including six invited plenary speakers: Andrea Graham (Princeton University), Carl Zimmer (New York Times), Helen Ball (Durham University, UK), Joshua Schiffman (University of Utah), Marion Koopmans (Erasmus University) and Martin Blaser (New York University). The Program Committee welcomes your abstracts for oral or poster presentations on all topics in the field of evolution, medicine and public health.


Important Dates

Wednesday evening June 22- Saturday, June 25, 2016

Director's Meeting:
Wednesday afternoon June 22, 2016

Deadline for early registration:  January 30, 2016

Deadline for abstract submission:  January 30, 2016

Abstract acceptance notification:  early-March, 2016

Deadline for regular registration:  May 1, 2016

Deadline for group rate hotel reservations:  May 1, 2016


For meeting information, registration and more click here.








Everyone is welcome to attend Darwinian Medicine "Game of Life" centered around the past & present issues of evolution and medicine. Thursday, December 4, 11:30 - 1:00 pm in Clapp 108 & Hovorka Atrium.




The Fall convocation 2014 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Severance Hall. The featured keynote speaker is Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, The Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. Click here for more information.




Open October 26, 2013 through April 27, 2014 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This exhibit exposes the unusual, odd and sometimes downright dangerous truth about how animals reproduce. Previously at the Natural History Museum in London and the Palais de la Decouverte in Paris. Click here for more information.


The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is pleased to present a new season of its Explorer Series. All presentations begin at 7 pm in Murch Auditorium. Following each program, there will be time for questions and answers. Afterwards, select speakers will sign their books. Click here for more information.


  • Friday, December 13, 2013:

  • "Solving the Mystery of the Mound-Builders: A Northern Ohio Connection" with Dr. Brian Redmond


  • Friday, November 15, 2013:

  • "Why Human Skin Comes In Colors and Why It Matters" with Dr. Nina Jablonski


September 19, 2013

Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Institute for the Science of Origins and The Leakey Foundation co-hosted a public symposium entitled, "On the Trail of Lucy: A Collaborative Exploration of Australopithecus" on September 19, 2013.



February 12, 2013

"How Charles Darwin Can Change Your Life if You Let Him: Making a Living as an Evolutionary Biologist" was this years Darwin Birthday Lecture, held on February 12th, featuring Lisa Forman Neall, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, National Institute of Health (RET.)








April 8, 2010

Daniel B. Yarosh, Ph.D. Senior Vice President, Basic Science Research, The Estee Lauder Companies

"Evolutionary Biology, Beauty and Prevention of Skin Cancer"



March 8, 2010

Mark Stoneking, Max Planck Institute

"Detecting Local Selection in Human Populations"

Mark Stoneking is a Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, and Director of the Molecular Anthropology Group, as well as Honorary Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Leipzig. Dr. Stoneking's research interests involve using molecular genetic methods to address questions of anthropological interest concerning the origins, migrations, and relationships of human populations, and the influence of selection during human evolution.


February 11, 2010

John Avise, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California at Davis & Author

"Inside the Human Genome: A Case for Non-Intelligent Design"






November 12, 2009

David Frayer, University of Kansas

"Neandertals and Us"


Dr. Frayer is a world-renowned expert on the relationship of Neandertal and 'us' and on the evolution of Homo Sapiens since our earliest appearance in the fossil record.




November 24, 2009

Origin of Species Birthday Party! A Birthday Party for the book that changed the world. On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published. Birthday cake served and a lecture by Dr. Bruce Latimer.




April 2, 2009

Julius Rebek, Jr., Director Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, at the Scripps Research Institute.

"Molecular Self-Assembly"



April 8, 2009

Sarah Tishkoff

"The genetic basis of human adaptation in Africa"


Professor Tishkoff (University of Pennsylvania) is a highly respected geneticist and anthropologist who has made significant contributions to the understanding of human evolution through studies of genetic variation with particular emphasis on the genetic history of East African populations.



April 16, 2009

M. Reza Ghadiri, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute

"Systems Chemistry"




April 20, 2009

Neil Greenspan, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

"Against Medical Utopianism: An Evolutionary Perspective"




April 23, 2009

Laura F. Landweber, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University.

"RNA - Mediated Epigenetic Inheritance"





March 3, 2009

E. O. Wilson (Distinguished Lecture)


Professor Wilson (Harvard University) is an emeritus faculty member and an eminent evolutionary biologist and popular writer who has won two Pulitzer Prizes.




March 17-19, 2009

Angela Belcher (Van Horn Lecture Series)

"From Nature and Back Again: Giving New Life to Materials for Future Technology"

"Genetically Engineered Materials for Energy Applications"

"Bacteriophage as a Toolkit for Nanomaterials"


Professor Belcher (MIT) is a highly regarded young investigator who exploits the principles exemplified in biological structures to design new materials.




February 14, 2009

Floyd Sandford (Darwin Day)

One-man "Darwin Show"


Professor Sandford is an emeritus member of the Biology Department at Coe College. He performs a one-man "Darwin show" and lectures on Darwin.




February 19, 2009

Floyd Romesberg, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute

"Efforts to Expand the Genetic Alphabet"




February 25, 2009

Hayagreeva Rao

"Darwin and the Evolution of Industries and Firms"


Professor Hyagreeva Rao is the Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Stanford University where he studies the social and cultural causes of organizational change.




January 16, 2009

Dr. Randolph Nesse


Professor Nesse (University of Michigan) is a leading authority on the application of evolutionary principles to clinical medicine.





November 24, 2009


Fall 2008 through Spring 2009

The Year of Darwin celebration hosted regularly scheduled events pertaining to Charles Darwin, evolution and associated science topics. Additional events, sponsored by departments across campus, were also held throughout the year. To view some of the past events see the playlist on Case's Youtube channel:



Year of Darwin Speakers & Events


  • August 28, 2008 - David Quammen, journalist and author of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin


  • September 9, 2008 - Gary Litman, Professor Litman (University of South Florida) is an authority on the evolution of the immune system.


  • September 12, 2008 - Sean B. Carroll, Professor Carroll (University of Wisconsin) is a highly regarded investigator who studies animal development in an evolutionary context. He is supported by the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute for his experimental work, and he has written a number of popular books on biological development and evolution.


  • September 18-19, 2008 - Robert Richards, Professor Richards (University of Chicago) is a noted historian of science and medicine who has published several books relating to evolutionary thought.


  • September 25, 2008 - Judge John E. Jones III, Judge Jones is the federal judge who presided in the controversial trial pertaining to the teaching of intelligent design in Dover, PA.


  • September 26, 2008 - Richard Katskee and Lauri Lebo, Richard Katskee is an attorney for American United for Church and State and Lauri Lebo is a journalist who covered the Dover, PA intelligent design trial. They will present "The Devil in Dover and Elsewhere: The Personal Side of the Creationism Controversy."


October 14, 2008

Neil Shubin


Professor Shubin (University of Chicago) is a well-known paleontologist who studies the morphological and developmental origins of the tetrapod limb. He discovered Tiktaalik, a species linking aquatic "lobe-finned" fishes with early terrestrial tetrapods.



October 16, 2008

Edward J. Larson (Brahms Lecture)

Professor Larson (Pepperdine University) is a noted historian, legal scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner who has written on the controversies relating to the teaching of evolution in the United States.




October 20, 2008

John Holland

Professor Holland (University of Michigan) is a pioneer in computer science and the originator of genetic algorithms.




November 6, 2008

Robert Hazen (Sigma Xi Lecture)

Professor Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution and George Mason University) is a respected and widely published geochemist who studies chemical evolution and the origin of life and has a mineral “hazenite” named after him.



November 12, 2008

Jerry Coyne

Professor Coyne (University of Chicago) is a leading evolutionary geneticist and authority on speciation.


December 4, 2008

Hans Hofmann, University of Texas

"Molecular Systems Analyses of Plastic Brains Engaged in Social Behavior"







November 8, 2007

Clark Spencer Larsen, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University

"Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past Through Bioarchaeology"






Berkeley: Understanding Evolution


• National Academies: Evolution Resources


• American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Evolution Resources


• National Center for Science Education