Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

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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


Fall Semester 2015: Seminars in Evolutionary Medicine


  • Frank Rühli elected as Associate Fellow of the Collegium Helveticum

    IEM director Frank Rühli has officially been elected as Associate Fellow of the Collegium Helveticum, the laboratory for transdisciplinary research and joint initiative of the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich. More...
  • Detailed conference report in SAEZ

    Detailed report (in German) on the Evolutionary Medicine Conference at the IEM in the new issue of the Schweizerische Ärztezeitung:More...
  • New IEM publication

    New publication on ancient Egyptian human mummies from the Valley of the Kings: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:


Big SNSF success for the IEM in Fall 2015! Frank Rühli has been awarded three grants by the Swiss National Science Foundation:

- Improvement of novel imaging technologies to study anatomical and pathological morphology in ancient human remains: Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Biology and Medicine division)

- The Canopic Jar Project: interdisciplinary analyses of ancient human soft tissues (Interdisciplinary Project)

- Material Histories of Theban Tombs (Prof S. Bickel, Humanities and Social Sciences division)