Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

The Institute
IEM Grant
Museum of Medicine
Scientific Collections

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


  • New IEM publication in PLOS ONE

    New IEM publication on post mortem DNA degradation of human tissue experimentally mummified in salt out now in PLOS ONE!More...
  • Second SNSF success for the IEM

    The Swiss National Science Foundation will also fund a research project on trends, differences and outcomes of birthweight in Basle during the first half of the 20th century (IEM-member Kaspar Staub is co-applicant together with Prof. Woitek).More...
  • SNSF Project approved!

    Great success for IEM member Martin Häusler! His research project "Evolutionary origin of major musculoskeletal disorders of modern humans" has been approved by the Swiss National Science Foundation and will start by October 2014.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:


Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Founding of the "Research Centre for Anthropology and Health (CIAS)" on October 1st, 2014 at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Frank Rühli has been invited to deliver the keynote lecture on the impact of evolutionary medicine and paleopatholgy on todays medical research.