CEM's Mission

To improve human health by establishing evolutionary biology as an essential basic science for medicine, worldwide.

What is Evolutionary Medicine?

Transforming medicine by gaining a deeper understanding of the causes of disease.

From the Director

Meet Randolph Nesse, M.D., the founding director of CEM.

CEM Advisors & Partners

CEM is building a world-wide network of researchers. Learn more.

Bridging the Gap Between Evolution and Medicine

The ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine is a university-wide Presidential Initiative whose mission is to improve human health by establishing evolutionary biology as an essential basic science for medicine, worldwide. The Center brings leading scientists to ASU to join existing faculty in research that demonstrates the power of evolutionary biology to address problems in medicine and public health. The new courses and degrees they create will begin to meet the growing demand for such experiences, and will educate a generation of future researchers and health professionals. Many of these experiences will be at ASU, and some will be in conjunction with the new Mayo medical school, but others will be available online open access worldwide, providing the authoritative content that has long been needed to bridge the gap between evolutionary biology and medicine.

Events >>

Check back soon for more upcoming events.

Tomorrow night, at the 154th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Regents’ Professor Anne Stone will be inducted as one of its newest members.

The Center for Evolution is once again accepting applications for its Venture Fund, with the goal of connecting evolutionary biology and topics related to medicine or public health. The fund provides opportunities for ASU/Mayo faculty and students to earn funding of a research project.

Scientists know more about tomatoes than breast milk, and that's a problem for Center for Evolution and Medicine faculty member Katie Hinde.