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Evolutionary Medicine: Applications and Interventions for Public Health

September 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

This symposium will consider how human adaptation to diverse ecological environments, as well as social and technological advancements, can inform our understanding of the development and treatment of health conditions across the life course.

We will begin with a keynote address by Dr. James McKenna, examining how cultural attitudes toward infant sleep and feeding practices may be at odds with an evolutionary perspective. In addition, a series of short presentations by leading researchers will explore the application of an evolutionary approach to important public health issues, including adverse birth outcomes, aging, menstrual health, and metabolic disease. A catered lunch will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public, but we ask that participants register to help us plan accordingly. To RSVP and see a schedule of speakers and event details please visit:


September 21
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Life Sciences Center, Room 201


Department of Anthropology