Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

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Address and Contact

Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
University of Zurich
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


  • New IEM-Newsletter out!

    The newest IEM-Newsletter (No. 7, December 2014) has been released.More...
  • Discover Magazine

    Discover Magazine has named the IEM main authored paper in Nature Genetics on ancient dental calculus research among its top 100 scientific discoveries of 2014!More...
  • New publication in Scientific Reports

    New 'Scientific Reports' publication with IEM-participation on evidence of milk consumption from ancient dental calculus!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:


On December 16, 2014 the IEM celebrated 100 days of existence with music, apéro riche, and speeches by Prof. Hengartner (chancellor of the university), Prof. Althaus, Thomas Böni and Frank Rühli at Restaurant Uniturm. Find more pictures on our facebook page.