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Special Issue "Evolutionary Medicine: Environmental Health Issues"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. med. Nicole Bender

Head Clinical Evolutionary Medicine Group, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM), University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland
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Phone: +41 44 635 05 31
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
Guest Editor
PD Dr. Kaspar Staub

Head Anthropometrics and Bodyscan-Lab Group, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM), University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland
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Phone: +41 44 635 05 13
Interests: epidemiology; public health; anthropometry; body shape; social inequality; life history theory; obesity; growth and stature; nutrition; spatial analyses; environmental determinants of human health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The field of evolutionary medicine has been increasingly expanding in recent years. It encompasses a variety of medical and biological fields, with the aim of better understanding medical issues and providing new insights for the treatment and prevention of diseases. Examples are novel ways to handle antibiotic resistance, predict infectious disease outbreaks, or to explain human growth, obesity, or related metabolic diseases. While advances in evolutionary medicine have been achieved to explain basic aspects of pathophysiology and paleopathology, steps towards clinical or public health applications are still rare.

This Special Issue is dedicated to all disciplines of evolutionary medicine that contribute to a better understanding of medical issues of public health relevance. This also encompasses contributions on the relevance of the physical, nutritional, social, and economic environment to human wellbeing, explained in a historical or evolutionary framework. A special emphasis will be given to contributions that aim at practical applications in public health or in epidemiology.

Dr. med. Nicole Bender
PD Dr. Kaspar Staub
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • evolutionary medicine
  • evolutionary public health
  • historical epidemiology
  • paleopathology
  • ancient DNA

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