The 2016 meeting on the International Society of Evolution, Medicine & Public Health took place on June 22-25th in Durham, North Carolina. The meeting brought 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 was 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.
The meeting was sponsored by the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), the Canine Health Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the Center for Evolution & Medicine at Arizona State University (CEM)

Review the tweets and relive the meeting here on Storify.


Plenary Speakers

Commentary on sessions throughout the meeting were archived on EvMedReview edited by Jeremy Taylor. They are available below:
Remarks on Commentaries by Jeremy Taylor
  1. ISEMPH 2016 plenary by Helen Ball re maternal-infant sleep ecology  Commentary by Andrew F. Read, Penn State
  2. Evolutionary Medicine and Non-human Primates Commentary by Bruce Rothschild, Carnegie Museum, reporting.
  3. Evolution of the immune system Commentary by Pryce Michener from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee
  4. Session on Somatic Cell Selection, Mutation, and Evolution in Health and Disease Commentary by Neil Greenspan
  5. Sleep Commentary by Brandon Hidaka
  6. A Perspective on the Role of Somatic Cell Evolution in Human Health and Disease ” by Neil Greenspan Commentary by James McNary
  7. How does our microbiome affect our health? Commentary by Michelle Blyth
  8. Reproductive Ecology and Health Commentary by Emerald Snow
  9. Our early life microbial metagenome guides developmental phenotypes-Plenary by Martin Blaser. Commentary by Joe Alcock
  10. Clinical applications of evolutionary medicine principles Commentary by Mandy Azar
  11. Paleopathology and Evolutionary Medicine Commentary by Bruce Rothschild
  12. Plenary talk by Joshua Schiffman Commentary by Charles Nunn
  13. Evolution of pathogens Commentary by Elizabeth Uhl
  14. Frontiers in evolutionary medicine Commentary by Ashley Snyder
  15. Andrea Graham and Soay sheep Commentary by Cynthia Beall
  16. Behavior and vulnerability to disease Commentary by Cynthia Beall
  17. Frontiers of evolutionary medicine Commentary by Nicole Burt
  18. Metabolism and mismatch Commentary by Nicole Bender
  19. Life History Session Commentary by Emerald Snow

”Adaptive learning can result in a failure to profit from good conditions: implications for understanding depression”

“Adaptive immunity increases the pace and predictability of evolutionary chance in commensal gut bacteria”

Travel Award Winners

Amy Anderson, University of California Santa Barbara
Julie Baker Phillips, University of California Santa Barbara
Michelle Blythe, New York University
Angella Bradford, Southern University
Rui Diogo, Howard University
Alison Feder, Stanford University
Nicholas Grebe, University of New Mexico
Brandon Hidaka, University of Kansas Medical Center
Carmen Hové, University of California Santa Barbara
Karishma S. Kaushik, The University of Texas at Austin
Alejandra Nunez de la Mora, Universidad Veracruzana
Tiffany Pan, University of Washington
Randi Proffitt Leyva, Texas Christian University
Meagan Rubel, University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Sandel, University of Michigan
Emerald G. Snow, University of California, Los Angeles
Nicole Torosin, University of Utah
Janelle Wagnild, Durham University
LaShanda Williams, Rutgers University
Gandhi Yetish, University of New Mexico
Program Committee
Local Organizing Committee
  • CHAIR: Charlie Nunn, Duke University 
  • Margaret Humphreys, Duke University 
  • Craig McClain, Duke University 
  • Julie Horvath, North Carolina Central University
  • Melissa Manus, Duke University 
  • Laura Sligar, UNC-Chapel Hill
Support staff included Kim Racut of Case Western Reserve University, Kathy Holloday and Lenora Ott of Arizona State University.