Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

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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

Official Webpage


  • 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...
  • IEM publication on Iranian salt mummy

    New IEM-publication on an ancient Iranian salt mummy published now in Skeletal Radiology:More...
  • Iranian salt mummy project funded by DFG!

    The German Science Foundation (DFG) funds a large project on the “Ancient Iranian Salt Mine and Mummies of Cherabad” under the lead of Prof Thomas Stöllner, Ruhr-University of Bochum, and the co-lead of Frank Rühli (IEM). This allows the continuiation of the (already previously DFG-funded) interdisciplinary project for another three years.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.

Spotlight on our Activities:


New IEM-publication on an ancient Iranian salt mummy published now in Skeletal Radiology.

Evolutionary Medicine Conference 2015:


The deadlines for mini-symposia suggestions (Feb 16) and presentation abstracts (Mar 30) are approaching now. Find all relevant information on the official conference webpage.