Your Body By Darwin talk by Jeremy Taylor

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"Body by Darwin" book coverYOUR BODY BY DARWIN-Jeremy Taylor

  • Monday, February 01, 2016
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Doctors often work to cure our ills as if we are malfunctioning machines and they are teams of skilled mechanics. But the human body is not a machine — it is a bundle of living material that has been produced over millennia through evolution by natural selection. Join author Jeremy Taylor for a closer look at how evolution shapes our health and transforms medicine.

Using compelling accounts from people trapped in the disease process together with examples of cutting-edge evolution-informed research in fields as wide apart as allergy and autoimmunity, cancer, dementia and heart disease, Taylor will show how an evolutionary understanding of our bodies is changing the way we understand the nature of disease and how we treat a number of medical conditions, and is influencing medical research.


Jeremy TaylorJeremy Taylor has spent a career in British science television where he produced a number of award-winning films. They include The Blind Watchmaker, with Richard Dawkins, for the BBC, which won the Royal Society’s Scitech prize for science documentary, and Mindreaders for Channel 4, which won Silver Prize at the British Medical Association Film Competition. His first book “Not a Chimp: The Hunt for the Genes That Made Us Human” was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. This lecture tour is based on his second book “Body by Darwin: How Evolution
Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine,” which was published in October 2015 by University of Chicago Press. Taylor will be selling and signing copies of “Body by Darwin” following his presentation.

Support for this presentation is provided by the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM).


WRAL 3D Theater
Nature Exploration Center
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States

Is Biodiversity Good for Human Health? A Debate at Duke University

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Many of the most newsworthy infectious disease outbreaks of today are harbored in wildlife, including Ebola, SARS coronaviruses, and Lyme disease. Evidence also suggests that risks from some types of infectious diseases are reduced when ecosystems are healthy and intact. What are the conditions under which biodiversity is “good” for human infectious disease risks, and when does biodiversity serve as a “spark” for emergence of disease in human populations? We will engage with this important topic in a debate format, focusing on views that engage biodiversity as a bene cial “ecosystem service,” versus the view that biodiversity comes with health risks that should be managed. e event will conclude with perspectives from local experts in conservation biology and infectious disease ecology.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016 | 5:00-6:30PM FIELD AUDITORIUM, DUKE ENVIRONMENT HALLEvent 2 - Biodiversity and Health

ISEMPH 2nd Annual Meeting in Durham, North Carolina

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Registration is now open for the ISEMPH 2nd Annual Meeting in Durham, North Carolina. The meeting will be held June 22-25, 2016. Deadline for Abstract submission and early registration is January 30, 2016. Plenary speakers for the 2016 ISEMPH Meeting are Andrea Graham (Princeton University), Carl Zimmer (New York Times), Helen Ball (Durham University, UK),Joshua Schiffman (University of Utah), Marion Koopmans (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), and Martin Blaser (New York University).

The program committee welcomes your abstracts for oral or poster presentations on all topics in the field of evolution, medicine, and public health. Deadline for abstract submission is January 30, 2016.

Drs. Nunn and McClain on Radio In Vivo

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Dr. Charles Nunn (Director, TriCEM; Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health, Duke University) and  Dr. Craig McClain (Deputy Director, TriCEM) speak with Ernie Hood at Radio In Vivo about rolling out TriCEM to the Triangle science community, Dr. Nunn’s research on mammalian sleep, and Dr. McClain’s research on the evolution of lifespans.  You can listen to the full radio program at


The Use of Pathogen Genetic Data for Informing the Spread of Infectious Diseases Within and Between Individuals.

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We are delighted to invite you to a 2 day meeting on “The Use of Pathogen Genetic Data for Informing the Spread of Infectious Diseases Within and Between Individuals.” The meeting is sponsored by TriCEM (the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine), and will be held on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at The Solution Center in Research Triangle Park. A full agenda can be found at  Epidemiologists, virologists, and infectious disease researchers are increasingly considering pathogen sequence data to address their research questions. With an increased reliance on this type of data, many of these researchers seek a more in-depth understanding of evolutionary biology, phylogenetic inference, and population genetics. In turn, evolutionary biologists with an interest or experience in analyzing pathogen sequence data often would benefit from an improved understanding of epidemiological and virological issues such as selection bias and confounding, as well as the research questions that are of greatest interest to infectious disease researchers. The purpose of this 2 day meeting is to bring together experts in infectious disease with experts in phylogenetics/population genetics from across the Triangle. The primary aim in this “meeting of the minds” is for both sets of researchers to develop a more in-depth appreciation of the complexities and issues surrounding the use of pathogen genetic data in infectious disease research. A second aim is for this meeting is to spur productive collaborative interactions between these two sets of researchers.

If you are interested, please RSVP by October 28, 2015 at the following website: There are multiple RSVP options, so if you are interested but not available on those dates, or available for only a portion of the meeting, you can indicate this on the RSVP page.

Also, the meeting is intended to be inclusive. If you know of post-doctoral researchers or graduate students who are interested in attending, please forward them this email and have them RSVP.


Corbin Jones, UNC

Katia Koelle, Duke

Steve Meshnick, UNC

Jeff Thorne, NCSU

Meeting Organizing Committee

Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks: Unanticipated Adventures in One Health

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TriCEM is proud to be cosponsoring Dr. Tony L. Goldberg, PhD, DVM, MS,  on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for his talk title Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks:Unanticipated Adventures in One Health. The talk will occur at the the North Carolina Biotechnology Center 15 T.W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

Please find complete details, directions, and biography for Dr. Tony Goldberg in PDF at the following link




The evolution of human longevity and grandmother cognitive health

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Please join us at Duke University on October 16th 11:45 am to 12:45 pm for a special seminar by Moll Fox title “The evolution of human longevity and grandmother cognitive health.” The seminar will in Room 013 in the Biological Science Building.  Openings are available to speak with Dr. Fox.  Please email Lamonda Sykes at

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Mechanisms of social behavior: implications for human health

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The Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) are please to announce the symposium Mechanisms of social behavior: implications for human health.

This symposium will bring together scientists working on the mechanisms underlying social behavior at multiple levels (genetic, physiological, cognitive and behavioral) in a variety of vertebrate species, including frogs, mice, non-human primates and humans. Presentations will focus on the relevance of these mechanisms to an enhanced understanding of health and disease, both in humans and non-human animals. In addition to the presentations, there will be ample opportunity for interactions and discussion between the presenters and attendees, including a poster session. Friday, Sept. 4th 2015, 8:00am – 6:00pm Semans Center Great Hall, Duke University.

Lunch will be provided. Attendees are asked to RSVP through an online form


8:00 am – Begin Symposium (Welcome, introductory remarks, etc.)

8:30 am – Kyle Summers (ECU) – Comparative perspectives on the mechanisms underlying behavior in the context of health and disease

9:00 am – Lauren O’Connell (Harvard University) – Neural control of parental behavior: from fish to frogs to mice

9:30 am – Sabrina Burmeister (UNC Chapel Hill) – Cognitive consequences of parental care: lessons from amphibians

10:00 am – Break

10:30 am – Lisa McGraw (NC State University) – Neurogenomics of social behavior in rodents

11:00 am – Christine Drea (Duke University) – Costs of female masculinization

11:30 pm – Anne Pusey (Duke University) – Social relationships among chimpanzees, a male-philopatric species

12:00 pm – Break for lunch and poster session

2:30 pm – Carson Murray (George Washington University) – Maternal influence on offspring behavioral and physiological development in wild chimpanzees.

3:00 pm – James Rilling (Emory University) – Biological correlates of individual variation in human paternal behavior

3:30 pm – Break

4:00 pm – Aysenil Belger (UNC Chapel Hill) – Neuroanatomy and Evolution of Fronto-limbic circuits for social/affective cognition and Autism

4:30 pm – Linmarie Sikich (UNC Chapel Hill) – Neuropeptides and autism

5:00 pm – Question and answer session with all speakers

6:00 pm – Finish


  • Steffen Foerster (Postdoc, Duke): Determinants of social preferences among female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) at Gombe National Park, Tanzania
  • Kara Walker (Postdoc, Duke): Inbreeding avoidance in chimpanzees
  • Maggie Stanton (Postdoc, GW): Interactions between adult males and subadults in chimpanzees
  • Yuxiang Liu (Graduate Student, UNC): Hippocampal transcriptomes are associated with spatial learning ability in frogs
  • Robert Burger (Postdoc, UNC): Comparative social systems, cognition, and life histories
  • Andrea Vogel (Graduate Student, NCSU): Characterizing the role of mammalian seminal fluids on female reproductive behavior
  • Bevin Blake (Graduate Student, UNC): Prenatal exposure to elevated testosterone metabolites induces autism-like behavior in rats: Evidence for the extreme male brain and implications for human health
  • Matthew Louder (Postdoc, ECU): Neural mechanisms for behavioral innovation in avian brood parasites
  • Tessa Holland (Graduate Student, ECU): Modulation by cannabinoids of the effects of psychological stress on zebra finch song
  • Elizabeth Andersen (Graduate Student, UNC): Electrophysiological Correlates of Attentional and Affective Processing Disparities in Schizophrenia Patients and First-Degree Relatives
  • Katie Clements, Tom Miller (Graduate Students, ECU): Social status-dependent regulation of an identified brain circuit in zebrafish (Danio rerio)
  • Kendra Smyth (Graduate Student, Duke): The burly ‘kat gets the worm: androgens and gastrointestinal parasites in meerkats

Evolutionary and Comparative Medicine Interest Group for the Triangle

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TriCEM is excited to support a newly launched interest group involving students from the Duke University School of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine, UNC School of Public Health, Duke Global Health Institute, and the NCSU Vet School. The goal is to provide an environment that encourages productive & interactive dialogue between students and faculty and opportunities to learn more about the field. A series of monthly seminars/meetings are occurring, inviting faculty from the various programs to discuss their research. Food is provided! The group is organized by Nicholas Brazeau (Ph.D. Student, UNC MD-PhD Program) and Teminioluwa Ajayi (M.D. Student, Duke University School of Medicine). Please visit their website for upcoming events.

Travel Support for Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease Conference

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1TRiCEM is announcing travel support for the Evolutionary Medicine Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease (July 30 – August 1, 2015) at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

This international conference will bring together distinguished keynote speakers as well as experts from different research areas (including medicine, anthropology, molecular/evolutionary biology, paleopathology, archaeology, epidemiology, and other fields) to debate the evolutionary origins of diseases and on how the knowledge of the past informs the present and the future. Furthermore, the specific implications of interdisciplinary research in the understanding and management of human health issues will be addressed.

More information about the conference is available here:

Travel funding is available from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) to support Triangle Scholars to attend.

Please note: Registration for the meeting is a separate process, available at the conference webpage

Application URL:

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2015
Notification: May 15, 2015