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


  • URPP Evolution in Action pilot project grant

    The PhD students of the IEM Ancient Biomolecular group, together with Lukas Keller's group of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental studies, obtained an URPP Evolution in Action pilot project grant. The project's aim is to investigate the pre-bottleneck genetic diversity in alpine ibex, by analysing historical and archaeological samples.More...
  • Call for Manuscripts!

    Frank Rühli and Maciej Henneberg are guest editors of a special issue of BioMed Research International on Evolutionary Biology and Human Health. Manuscript due 29 April 2016:More...
  • Dwarfism by Il Veronese

    New IEM short publication by Francesco Galassi and Frank Rühli about the depiction of differential etiologies of dwarfism by Il Veronese (1528–1588): More...
  • 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...


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 1:


The IEM staff during the annual retreat afternoon in November 2015.

Spotlight on our Activities 2:


Impression from the workshop on burnt bones held by the Swiss Society of Anthropology at the IEM on November 20-21, 2015.