August 29, 2018

Our Mission

About TriCEM

The Triangle Comparative and Evolutionary Medicine Center (TriCEM) is a nonprofit institute exploring the intersection of evolutionary science and medicine. The center is jointly operated by Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University. Visit us at

Our Mission

TriCEM is an incubator that promotes innovative developments in the theory and practice of evolutionary medicine by fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations among Triangle-based scholars, physicians, veterinarians, public health workers, and more.

What is evolutionary medicine?

Evolutionary medicine encompasses any study that examines medical and health-related themes in the context of evolutionary and ecological science. The integrative nature of this emerging field provides fertile ground for a number of research topics across disciplines such as epidemiology, psychology, cancer research, global health, veterinary science, and microbiology.

Research Tracks

  1. Cancer and Evolution
  2. Pathogenic and Commensal Organisms
  3. Brain Sciences
  4. Social and Biological Determinants of Health
  5. Innovative Evolutionary Medicine