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All of our previous Club EvMeds are listed below by year. For full descriptions and recordings, you can browse our Archives or click the link for the specific event page below.


1/11/22Control system failures and evolutionary medicineRobert Perlman (University of Chicago) and Randolph Nesse (Arizona State University)x
1/18/22A Natural History of the FutureRob Dunn (North Carolina State University)x
2/10/22Candidate gene studies have taught us little about trait genetics but a lot about the fallibility of the scientific processMatt Keller (University of Colorado, Boulder)x
2/24/22Evolutionary medicine helps explain regional differences in pandemic dynamics: immunity, symbiosis, and COVID-19William Parker (WPLabs, Inc. and XPara Mutual Helminths) and Dawit Wolday (Mekelle University)x
3/9/22Spatial profiling links genetic diversity to immune infiltration in glioblastomaMichalina Janiszewska (Scripps Research Institute)x
3/24/22Sequential antibiotic therapy as a potent strategy against bacterial pathogensHinrich Schulenburg and Aditi Batra (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)x
4/7/22The evolutionary epidemiology of infectious diseasesTroy Day (Queen's University)x
4/25/22Assessing the risk of vaccine-driven virulence evolution in SARS-CoV-2Jessica Metcalf and Ian Miller (Princeton)x


1/11/21Integrating evolutionary dynamics into clinical cancer treatmentRobert Gatenby (Moffitt Cancer Center) with Shelley Hwang (Duke)x
1/22/21Wealth, inequality, and health in a small-scale subsistence societyAdrian Jaeggi (University of Zurich) and Aaron Blackwell (Washington State University)x
1/28/21Successful Aging in the Forest: How wild chimpanzees can help us understand the evolution of human agingMelissa Emery Thompson (University of New Mexico) with Arun Karlamangla (UCLA)x
2/11/21How vaccines train the immune system in ways no one expectedChristine Stabell Benn (University of Southern Denmark)x
2/17/21HIV and male sexual behavior: a hypothesis and its historyPhil Starks (Tufts University)x
2/23/21Does evolutionary biology have anything to say about how we should use antibiotics?Robert Woods with John LiPuma (University of Michigan)x
3/9/217 Metabolic Myths: Evolutionary Energetics in Human Ecology and HealthHerman Pontzer (Duke) with Erik Willis (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)x
3/25/21Harnessing the social lives of microbes to improve human healthSandra B. Andersen (University of Copenhagen) and Camille Simonet (University of Edinburgh)x
4/1/21The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperousJoe Henrich with Neal Baer (Harvard)x
4/5/21Causes and consequences of fear of childbirthZaneta Thayer (Dartmouth College)x
4/21/21Die young, live fast: is accelerated reproduction an adaptive response to early life adversity in wild baboons?Elizabeth Archie and Chelsea Weibel (University of Notre Dame)x
4/29/21Postdoc Spotlight: antibiotic resistance, early life adversity, and immunogenetic diversityKyle Card (Cleveland Clinic), Liz Lange (Duke), and Federica Pierini (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)x
5/10/21The COVID-19 Pandemic and Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary ConversationDan Blumstein (UCLA), Martie Haselton (UCLA), Joe Alcock (University of New Mexico), and Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (UCLA)x
5/17/21Divergent evolutionary roots for posttraumatic stress disorder symptomsSarah Mathew (Arizona State University) and Matthew Zefferman (Naval Postgraduate Academy)x
6/11/21Why is human childbirth so difficult? Obstetrics and the evolution of laborPhilipp Mitteroecker and Barbara Fischer (University of Vienna)x
6/21/21Evolution management from a game-theory perspective: can superbugs be forever tamed?David McAdams (Duke)x
6/29/21Of Mice and Elephants: Trade-Offs of Tumor Suppressor Duplication and Body Size Evolution in AfrotheriaJuan Manuel Vazquez (University of California, Berkeley)x
7/21/21Understanding evolutionary mismatch at the genomic levelAmanda Lea (Vanderbilt University)x
8/24/21SARS-CoV-2 transmission bottlenecks and why we careKatia Koelle and Michael Martin (Emory University)x
9/9/21Alzheimer’s Disease: a case of evolutionary mismatch?Molly Fox (UCLA)x
9/21/21The durability of immunity against reinfection by SARS-CoV-2: a comparative evolutionary studyJeffrey Townsend (Yale), Alex Dornburg (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), and Hayley Hassler (Yale)x
10/14/21How evolutionary behavioural sciences can help us understand behaviour in a pandemicRuth Mace, Emily Emmott, and Gul Deniz Salali (University College London)x
10/21/21Evolutionary demography sheds light on the allelic spectrum of late-onset diseasesSamuel Pavard (National Museum of Natural History in Paris) and Christophe Coste (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)x
11/4/21Can evolution-thinking bring phage therapy closer to standard-of-care?Paul Turner (Yale) with Benjamin Chan (Yale) and Robert Woods (University of Michigan)x
11/18/21Deciphering the persistence of antimicrobial resistance in the absence of antimicrobial pressure using a One Health approachSid Thakur (North Carolina State University)x
12/2/21The genetic history of the plague: what we learn from ancient pandemicsJohannes Krause (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)x
12/14/21Genetic adaptation to zoonotic viruses: how did chimpanzees adapt to SIV/HIV infections?Aida Andres (University College London)x


4/2/20Teaching evolution in the time of COVID-19Jeff Thorne and David Rasmussen (NC State)x
4/8/20One Health perspectives on the emergence of SARS-CoV-2Kevin Olival and Hongying Li (EcoHealth Alliance)x
4/14/20Ongoing evolution of SARS-CoV-2: an evolutionary medicine challenge for research and teachingVaughn Cooper (University of Pittsburgh)x
5/1/20Social distancing in the animal kingdomJulia Buck (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) and Dana Hawley (Virginia Tech)x
5/7/20The behavioral immune system and fear of COVID-19Alfonso Troisi (University of Rome Tor Vergata)x
5/15/20Harmful or helpful? Cytokine storms examined in light of evolutionJoe Alcock (University of New Mexico)x
5/18/20Lessons from 3.5 billion years of life: what biological evolution tells us about success in countering catastrophic risksDaniel Blumstein (UCLA) and Terence Taylor (International Council for the Life Sciences)x
5/26/20Evolution in the flesh: How cancer cells evolve to cheat the foundations of multicellular cooperation and what this means for cancer treatment and preventionAthena Aktipis (Arizona State University)x
6/3/20The creative role of chance in evolution: fifty years after Jacques MonodSean B. Carroll (University of Maryland)x
6/11/20Tacit creationism in emotions researchRandolph Nesse (Arizona State University)x
6/15/20Social determinants of health and survival in humans and other animalsJenny Tung (Duke), Noah Snyder-Mackler (Arizona State University), and Dan Belsky (Columbia)x
6/23/20Batural selection: making sense of COVID-19 symptoms and mortality using core principles of evolutionary medicineBernard Crespi (Simon Fraser University)x
6/30/20Coming of Age on Planet Earth: The Nature of Adolescence in Humans and Other AnimalsB. N. Horowitz (Harvard, UCLA)x
7/6/20The Evolution of Human Skin Color: What We Know and How We Can Talk About ItNina Jablonski (Pennsylvania State University)x
7/14/20Tracing pathogens through time with ancient DNAVerena Schuenemann (University of Zurich)x
7/20/20Hemoglobin and high-altitude hypoxia: evolution and public healthCynthia Beall (Case Western Reserve University)x
8/20/20The new tangled bank of disease: from protein space to injection networks and COVID-19 disparitiesBrandon Ogbunu (Yale)x
8/27/20Racial differences in host immune response to Helicobacter pylori virulence factors – does this help to explain the gastric cancer racial disparity in the United States?Meira Epplein (Duke) and Julia Butt (German Cancer Research Center)x
9/3/20Cancer prevalence and life history traits in mammalsAmy Boddy (University of California, Santa Barbara) with Gunter Wagner (Yale) and David Haig (Harvard)x
9/10/20An evolutionary lens on analyzing human birth timingAbbe LaBella (Vanderbilt University), Abin Abraham (Vanderbilt University), Lou Muglia (Burroughs Wellcome Fund), Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt University), and Tony Capra (University of California, San Francisco)x
9/17/20Why Sitting Is Not the New Smoking: an evolutionary medical perspective on physical inactivityDaniel Lieberman (Harvard)x
10/1/20Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Race: And Why That’s Important for Evolutionary MedicineJoseph L. Graves, Jr. (North Carolina A&T State University)x
10/6/20Assessing SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in 400 species with comparative genomicsElinor Karlsson (University of Massachusetts)x
10/13/20Survival of the FriendliestBrian Hare (Duke)x
10/19/20How recent characterizations of somatic mutations in humans inform an evolutionary understanding of aging and cancerJames DeGregori (University of Colorado Anschutz)x
10/27/20Pathogen selection for HLA gene diversity and its consequences for autoimmunity and cancer immunotherapyTobias L. Lenz (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)x
11/4/20Postdoc Spotlight: Behavioral resistance, antibiotic resistance, and immune tradeoffsCarolina Amoroso (University of Virginia), Amrita Bhattacharya (Pennsylvania State University), and Angela Garcia (Arizona State University)x
11/12/20The Nature of FearDaniel Blumstein (UCLA)x
11/17/20Social immunity: cooperative disease defense in social insect coloniesSylvia Cremer (Institute of Science and Technology Austria) with Nathalie Stroeymeyt (University of Bristol) and Chris Pull (University of Oxford)x
12/1/20Age-dependence in evolutionary mismatchMichael R. Rose (University of California, Irvine) and Grant Rutledge (Tufts University)x