Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

The Institute
IEM Grant
Medical Museum
Scientific Collections

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


  • Conference covered by media

    The international Evolutionary Medicine Conference held at the IEM (31.7.-1.8) has been covered by the media, such as The Economist, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, UZH News, or SRF Radio.More...
  • New IEM Newsletter released!

    The newest IEM-Newsletter (No. 8, July 2015) has been released.More...
  • 2016 IEM Grant: Submission open now!

    The submission for 2016 IEM grant applications is now open until December 1, 2015. Find the call for submissions on the IEM Grant webpage and thank you for sharing!More...
  • SNSF short visit at Mailman School of Public Health

    Dr. Kaspar Staub has been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation "International Short Visit" scholarship to visit Mailman School of Public Health (Columbia University, NY) in September and October 2015 and work with Prof. Alfredo Morabia on Cancer and Goitre in Switzerland during the 1920s.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.

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The Evolutionary Medicine Conference from July 30th to August 1st in Zurich was a full success! Find more information on the official conference webpage.