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Evolutionary Medicine at Durham

Evolutionary Medicine Summer School

9th - 13th July 2012

Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

Evolutionary Medicine offers a refreshing new perspective on health and disease using basic principles from evolutionary biology.  The field emerged in 1991 when the evolutionary biologist, George C Williams, and psychiatrist, Dr Randolph Nesse, wrote a seminal article called “The Dawn of Darwinian Medicine” for the Quarterly Review of Biology.  Since then the field has rapidly expanded.


Evolutionary Medicine has become especially relevant given our contemporary environments that are far removed from those to which we adapted in the past, and where conditions such as depression, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases pose significant problems.  The Summer School will illustrate the basic biological principles underpinning Evolutionary Medicine, and will cover applications that have particular relevance for medical doctors.  The course also provides 25 hours of CPD accreditation that can be used towards revalidation.



To book your place on the summer school please complete the on-line booking form - Evolutionary Medicine Summer School




The summer school will commence with an introducation and welcome from Dr Pali Hungin, Dean of Durham Medical School.

The summer school will offer lectures in the following areas:

Optional Excursions

Each day will end with an optional excursion and the summer school will end with an optional trip to the Lake District.

Excursions will be:


There are a limited number of single en-suite rooms available at Durham University's Collingwood College. The cost is £40.00 per night for bed and breakfast. 

If you would prefer to make your own arrangements, then we can provide you with details of local guest houses and hotels in the region to suit all price ranges.


Light refreshments will be supplied on arrival at the Summer School each morning and afternoon. An optional buffet lunch will be provided each day at a cost of £10.00 per day.

Please note that evening meals are not included.We will provide you with a list of local eateries.