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Arizona State University’s will host a premiere opportunity to engage and mingle with luminaries in the burgeoning field of evolutionary medicine, a new interdisciplinary approach that is becoming an essential perspective in our view of disease, today’s medical practice and the worldwide impact on public health as it hosts the Inaugural International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health Meeting, March 19-21, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.
“This is the inaugural meeting for a brand new scientific society,” said Randolph Nesse, M.D., who directs the new Center for Evolution & Medicine at ASU, and is serving as the meeting co-sponsor and organizer. “Worldwide the scientific community is excited to come together and meet for the very first time, as the field of evolutionary medicine is growing exponentially. We have almost 300 people already registered, and hope others will join us to explore some of the most probing and pertinent discussions of major societal issues at the nexus of evolution, medicine and public health.
Topics addressed will include:
This meeting will bring together scientists, scholars, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field. Students and clinicians with an interest in the field are welcome to attend.
The overall meeting program includes:
Wednesday, March 18, Noon-5 PM, is a pre-meeting for the first gathering of all current Directors of Evolutionary Medicine Programs, Centers, and Institutes, and those who are considering organizing such units. The event, organized by Randolph Nesse, Gillian Bentley, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Daniel Blumstein and Frank Rühli, will provide an informal opportunity to share strategies and resources and coordinate efforts.
The format for the Thursday-Saturday meeting will include a mix of invited speakers, shorter presentations organized into topical areas, and poster sessions.
Thursday, March 19 will be held in the ASU Memorial Union. The presentations will be followed by a reception, a poster session, and entertainment. Thursday’s events are free and open to the public with reservation at evmedmeeting.org.
Friday and Saturday will be at the scenic Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Friday’s and Saturday’s sessions are reserved for registered conference participants.
There will also be a special performance by the only National Science Foundation, peer-reviewed recording artist, performer Baba Brinkman. He will present the world premiere of his “Rap Guide to Evolutionary Medicine.”
Plenary speakers include:
More than 72 oral presentations and 60 poster presentations have been scheduled to date.
The inaugural meeting and the Society are sponsored by The Foundation for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health. The Foundation also sponsors Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health an Oxford University Press journal edited by Stephen Stearns , and The Evolution & Medicine Review, edited by Randolph Nesse. The Center for Evolution & Medicine at Arizona State University is the meeting co-sponsor. Charlie Nunn (Duke University) chairs the Program Committee. Other committee members include Cynthia Beall (Case Western Reserve University) and Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University.
The Tempe Mission Palms Resort and Conference Hotel will serve as the meeting site, and have a limited number of rooms at unseasonably low rates available.
For general information, accommodations for hotel, travel and registration for the event, go to: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1604576
In addition, for journalists interested in covering the event or exploring story angles focused on evolutionary medicine, there will be a select number of fellowships offered to help pay for travel expenses. For more information on press credentialing, registration and travel fellowships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org