Nicole Bender

Nicole Bender, PD MD, PhD, MSc, FMH

Deputy Institute Manager

Head Clinical Evolutionary Medicine Group

Phone: +41 44 635 05 31 (Room WAC E79)

Presence times: Mo/We/Thu

Research interests

  • Evolution of human nutrition, body composition and obesity
  • Ongoing selection in modern humans
  • The role of water in human evolution
  • Human adaptation to high altitude
  • Evolutionary aspects of reproductive endocrinology and reproductive health
  • History of palaeoanthropology

Current research projects

  • Omega-3 fatty acids and human cognition - sytematic review, meta-analysis and analysis of cohort data
  • Personalized nutrition - systematic review and meta-analysis
  • The health impact of vegan diet on children - systematic review
  • The evidence behind nutritional guidelines - systematic review
  • Nutrients/diet and health outcomes - sytematic review and meta-analysis
  • Ongoing selection in modern humans - analysis of genetic data
  • Prevalence of chronic mountain sickness at high altitude - systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Methodological implications of measuring heigth and waist circumference in a SD body scanner