Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

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IEM Grant
Medical Museum
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Address and Contact

Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
University of Zurich
Irchel Campus (Y42 G66)
Winterthurerstrasse 190 Google Maps
CH-8057 Zurich

Tel: +41 44 635 01 11
Fax: +41 44 635 01 12


Evolutionary Medicine Conference 2015

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  • IEM Grant 2015 awarded!

    The 2015-IEM Grant has been awarded to Prof. Dominik J. Schaer and Dr. Jeremy Deuel (Division of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Zurich) for their project "Evolutionary diversity, competition and adaption of innate defense against hemoglobin toxicity". The call for applications for the 2016 IEM Grant will be published in summer 2015.More...
  • IEM sponsor of the Sustainability Week

    The IEM is among the official sponsors of the Sustainability Week:More...
  • Frank Rühli elected as member of the EXCITE steering committee

    Frank Rühli has been elected as member of the steering committee of the Zurich Center for Experimental and Clinical Imaging Technologies (EXCITE), which is a joint competence center of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich under the umbrella of Hochschulmedizin Zürich (HMZ).More...


Welcome to the official webpage of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM). In September 2014 the former Centre for Evolutionary Medicine (ZEM) was upgraded to the new Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM).

The IEM is a leading international and globally connected research, teaching and service institute which is part of the medical faculty at the University of Zurich. Researchers at the IEM analyse ancient biological material and associated data to better understand modern human health issues and diseases. Due to specialist scientific expertise, excellent infrastructure and state-of-the-art methods, researchers at the IEM are able to work on such interdisciplinary research questions as ‘How does the past (for example the evolutionary origins of diseases) inform the present and the future?’ in the context of the field of Evolutionary Medicine.

Find more basic information about the IEM under The Institute, its Vision, the Mission Statement or the Institute Structure.

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Evolutionary Medicine Conference 2015:


Late abstract submission is still possible until April 20, 2015! Find all relevant information on the official conference webpage.