News and Publications

September 9, 2015

To the ASU Community: We cordially invite you to participate in CCS’15 All ASU community receive a $100 discount at registration. Grad Students may receive full refund of registration fee by volunteering to help out during the conference or immediately before or after. Some departments are offering fee waivers to their faculty.

September 1, 2015

Amy Boddy, a postdoctoral researcher at ASU, Center for Evolution & Medicine faculty Athena Aktipis and Melissa Wilson Sayres, along with Angelo Fortunato from ASU's Biodesign Institute published a new study uncovering how fetal cells can influence a mother’s health through microchimerism. 

August 27, 2015

Hosted by the Center for Evolution and Medicine, anthropologist Melvin Konner  spoke about his thought-provoking book “Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy. Konner’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion among experts in the fields of primatology, genetics, anthropology and gender studies.

August 26, 2015

New addition to the CEM faculty, Katie Hinde was featured in a recent article written by Angela Garbes and published in the magazine, The Stranger. She says "people tend to underestimate what milk is." Researchers like Katie are now finding more complexities about breast milk."Milk is so incredibly dynamic," says Hinde. "There are hormones in breast milk, and they reflect the hormones in the mother's circulation. The ones that help facilitate sleep or waking up are present in your milk. And day milk is going to have a completely different hormonal milieu than night milk." Read about it here!


August 18, 2015

According to a Smithsonian Magazine feature titled “Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappers,” Arizona State University School of Life Sciences assistant professor and Biodesign Institute researcher Melissa Wilson Sayres has discovered that the X and Y chromosome are not very neat when pairing and sharing DNA.

August 18, 2015

Author Mel Konner will speak about his thought-provoking book “Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy” Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Marston Theater in ISTB-4, 781 E. Terrace Road, on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. The lecture and panel are hosted by the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Evolution and Medicine.

July 15, 2015

Randolph Nesse, founding director of Arizona State University’s Center for Evolution and Medicine, has been honored for his lifelong contributions to research in the field of evolutionary medicine and his efforts at making evolutionary biology a foundational part of the medical school curriculum. 

June 8, 2015

In a new study, Athena Aktipis, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, along with her international colleagues, explore the ways in which cancers bypass the protective mechanisms used by multicellular forms to ensure their survival and wellbeing.

May 26, 2015

Deadline Extended: Submit abstracts ​by June 20th, 2015  for a ​day-long ​symposium on "What complex systems theory offers to evolutionary medicine" as a part of the Conference on Complex Systems​, the first meeting in the USA for the ​European Conferences on Complex Systems (ECCS). 

May 6, 2015

The Rap Guide to Medicine by awardwinning rap artist Baba Brinkman is a collection of songs that explore themes of health and disease from an evolutionary perspective – both a hip-hop gem and a great teaching resource.

April 2, 2015

Click here to download your copy of the Rap Guide to Medicine.

Baba Brinkman premiered his album the Rap Guide to Medicine at the International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health inaugural meeting