Projects

Learn about the exciting research taking place at CEM.

Labs

Faculty in the Center for Evolution and Medicine work in a highly collaborative environment. Learn more about their labs.

Grants

CEM faculty receive funding from a variety of sources to support their research.

Funding Opportunities

The CEM helps support research in evolution & medicine through grants to ASU faculty and fellowships for post-docs and faculty from other institutions.

Discovering Evolutionary Explanations for Disease

The Center for Evolution & Medicine supports interdisciplinary research by bridging the many different disciplines (e.g. infectious disease, genetics, clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, anthropology, psychology, etc.) where relevant research takes place. Research at the Center demonstrates the power of evolutionary biology to address problems in medicine and public health.

  • ASU will recruit 8 new faculty researchers for the Center in the next 3 years to augment existing expertise at ASU and the Mayo Clinic.

  • Priority areas include cancer, preventing antibiotic resistance, the microbiome, evolutionary genetics, and diseases of modern environments.

  • Some Center sponsored research is about human disease, but other projects are about disease in other species, or about basic questions such as the origins of mechanisms that control mutation rates.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
12:00pm - 1:00pm
LSC 202
Professor of Asian Studies
Associate member, Depts of Philosophy and Psychology
Director, Database of Religious History
The University of British Columbia
Mind-Body Dualism in Early China: Implications for the Human and Cognitive Sciences
 
This talk will draw on a wide variety of evidence to debunk this Orientalist myth of holism, including archeological findings, traditional close reading of texts, novel large-scale textual analysis techniques, and work in contemporary evolutionary anthropology and cognitive science.
 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
12:00pm - 1:00pm
LSC 202
Professor
Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
 
*more info coming soon
 

CEM Faculty member Benjamin Trumble, as part of a larger research team, has discovered that the Tsimané of the Bolivian Amazon have the healthiest hearts in the world. His study was published in the Lancet medical journal and details the many reasons why this group of people have the heart health of a mid-50-year-old at age 80.

The stomach of a house finch might hold secrets to how humans absorb nutrients, age and deal with the omniprescence of nighttime light pollution.

Who would win in a fight between a Snow Leopard, a Red Giant Flying Squirrel, a Fisher and a Rhesus Macaque? This Monday, the four will duke it out in the opening, wild card bout of the fifth annual March Mammal Madness tournament.