Institute for the science of origins

evolving medicine

The Institute for the Science of Origins is delighted to participate in developing the cutting-edge field of Evolutionary Medicine. A new program in this field is taking shape at Case Western Reserve University and the ISO is a major scientific force. Get Involved!»



The Institute for the Science of Origins bridges disciplines, reaching within and beyond the bounds of Case Western Reserve University to facilitate the search for answers about our origins through the emerging discipline of Evolutionary Medicine.

One segment of this undertaking includes collaborations with other universities and institutions of learning as well as faculty members at CWRU's outstanding School of Medicine, with which we share ideas, faculty, researchers, facilities, audiences and funding.

Evolutionary medicine is an emerging discipline that seeks to connect the scientific understanding of evolutionary processes, past and present, human and non, to medical science and clinical treatment. We are consolidating a community of scientists and clinicians, drawn from multiple institutions, university faculties, departments and centers, who have been engaging around this emerging field, and positioning them collectively as the world leader in research, graduate education and ultimately clinical application.

ISO is currently planning:

Establishing a graduate program and research center in evolutionary medicine is a joint effort of three University strategic alliances -- Human Health, Infectious Diseases and The Institute for the Science of Origins, with participation from faculty in many departments and centers of SOM, CAS and CSE, as well as Cleveland Museum of Natural History, University Hospitals, and the VA. It aims to harness existing interest and activity at the university and partner institutions around the application of evolutionary thinking to medical science. It thereby builds on core strengths to enhance activities in research and discovery by building a powerful scientific network.

People and Alliances:

This extraordinary collaboration includes:

From CWRU's School of Medicine:

Mark Adams (Genetics)

Eric Arts (Medicine/Molecular Biology)

Robert Blanton (CGHD)

Robert Bonomo (Medicine and VA)

Mark Chance (PhysBio, Director, Case Center for Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry)

Darin Croft (Anatomy)

Pieter de Haseth (CRMB)

Mitch Drumm (Genetics)

Robert Elston (EpiBio)

Stan Gerson (CCCC and UH)

Neil Greenspan (Pathology)

Eckhard Jankowsky (Biochemistry)

David Kaplan (Pathology)

Joseph LaManna (PhysBio)

Tim Nilsen (CRMB)

Robert Salata (Medicine)

Menachem Shoham (Biochemistry)

Scott Simpson (Anatomy)

Jonathan Stamler (Director, Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine)

Kingman Strohl (Medicine, CSDR)

Saba Valadkhan (CRMB)

Focco van den Akker (BioChem)

Martina Veigl (Genetics)

John Wang (Genetics)

Michael Weiss (Biochemistry)

Vivian Yee (Biochemistry)

Peter Zimmerman (CGHD)

From CWRU's College of Arts and Sciences:

Cynthia Beall (Anthropology)

Michael Benard (Biology)

Daniella Calvetti (Mathematics)

Chris Cullis (Biology)

Joseph Koonce (Biology)

Bruce Latimer (Anthropology)

Erki Somersalo (Mathematics)

Glenn Starkman (Physics)

Gregory Tochtrop (Chemistry)

From CSE:

Horst von Recum (BME)

From the Cleveland Museum of Natural History:

Joseph Keiper

Linda Spurlock.

Yohannes Haileselassie(CMNH)

These many outstanding scientists and educators are united by an evolutionary perspective that enriches all their work.

A Unique Resource:

CMNH's Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection of modern primate and human skeletons, the largest collection of its kind, is a unique resource.

Research to uncover where we come from is vital to understanding and developing the future of medicine. The Institute for the Science of Origins welcomes new partners for this program and invites you to become involved. becoming a partner.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

featured partner»

Faculty from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the country, work with the Institute for the Science of Origins program in Evolutionary Medicine on multiple avenues of research and education.

»Learn more about the School of Medicine

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History observatory

featured partner»

Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History works with the Institute for the Science of Origins program in Evolutionary Medicine across many kinds of research. In particular it houses arguably the best osteological collections in the world.

These museum collections, invaluable records of life past and present, are their tools.

»Learn more about the museum