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Evolutionary Aspects of Child Development and Health Workshop
June 3 – 5, 2014
Harbour Centre, Labatt Hall (Room #1700)
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

The risk of adult heart disease, cancer, and a broad swath of other negative health outcomes may result from exposures during fetal and infant development. Why and how? The field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) focuses on connections between adult health outcomes and exposures to social and physical challenges experienced during early life. Some of those links may have originally emerged as evolutionary adaptations. Yet, some of them may become harmful when expressed in environments that differ from those in which the link originally evolved. How should practitioners deal with the resulting biological traits? How can we integrate our understanding of a trait’s evolutionary origin, the roles of the environment, genetics, and epigenetics in ontogeny, and the biological mechanisms that mediate phenotypic expression, to improve developmental outcomes? Obtaining answers requires integration and collaboration across diverse fields including evolution, ecology, child development, and medicine. This integration is paramount to the creation of novel programs that optimize human development in a variety of socio-economic environments, interventions that prevent undesired outcomes, and treatments to ameliorate the effects of early exposures when prevention is not possible. Towards these aims, this workshop brings together world-renowned experts and trainees studying development from a broad variety of perspectives.

The main goals of the workshop are:

1.  To accelerate the process of integration between the fields of “ecology and evolution” and “developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD)”
2.  To identify new directions and research questions in the field of child development using evolutionary approaches
3.  To improve local, national and international research networks
4.  To create and promote key funding opportunities to foster research that incorporates an evolutionary approach to the study of child development and health.

Invited Speakers:                                                            

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, University of Aukland
Dr. Michael Meaney, McGill University
Dr. Stephen Stearns, Yale University
Dr. Peter Ellison, Harvard University
Dr. Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University
Dr. John Challis, University of Western Australia
Dr. Bernard Crespi, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Joanne Weinberg, University of British Columbia
Dr. Marla Sokolowski, University of Toronto
Dr. Stephen Matthews, University of Toronto
Dr. Thomas McDade, Northwestern University
Dr. Ronald Barr, University of British Columbia
Dr. Christopher Kuzawa, Northwestern University
Dr. Pablo Nepomnaschy, Simon Fraser University

Evening Public Lecture Wednesday, 4 June 2014, by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Ministe, University of Aukland

Organizers: Drs. Bernie Crespi, John Challis and Pablo Nepomnaschy

Registration fees:

$25 CAD   for Students*
$50 CAD   for Post-docs*
$100 CAD for Faculty

*There are a limited number of awards to cover the cost of registration for students and Post-Doctoral trainees. To apply please send a letter of request stating your interest in the workshop and CV to the Workshop Coordinator, Dr. Katrina Salvante (

Space is Limited – Register Now!

To register and for more information on the workshop, please visit:

The Evolutionary Aspects of Child Development and Health Workshop is supported by Simon Fraser University’s Human Evolutionary Studies Program; an SFU Faculty of Health Sciences Mowafaghian Child Health Faculty Award; SFU’s Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost; and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.


Bone pathology / palaeopathology symposium
12 -15 May 2014
University of Pretoria

This workshop is aimed at both forensic practitioners and bioarchaeologists who have to deal with skeletal remains. The aim is to elucidate the most common pathological changes seen on the human skeleton, with most possible differential diagnoses. Non-specific signs of disease and stress will also be covered. The programme will be scheduled so that there is time for lectures and practicals (demonstrations), but attendees are invited to bring along case studies or short presentations to clarify diagnostically problematical or interesting cases from their own experience. All presenters are medical doctors with extensive experience in the assessment of human skeletal remains. CPD points will be awarded. The intention is to keep costs as low as possible, so only basic catering will be provided.
Presenters:     Prof GJR Maat (The Netherlands), Prof N Lynnerup (Denmark), Prof M Steyn (South Africa)
Venue:                Basic Medical Sciences building, Prinshof (Medical) Campus, University of Pretoria.
Cost:                    R2000 per person.
Payment:           FNB
Department of Anatomy; Cheque account
Zambesi (branch): 250655
Use as reference you surname and PPS, e.g., Steyn_PPS
Please send confirmation of payment to
Registration:     Online registration to be completed and submitted:
Registrations open 10 January 2013 and close 30 April 2013
Abstract submission: Abstracts (300 words max) for presentations should be emailed to before 20 April. Please note that the abstracts will not be formally reviewed, and they need not reflect work in final stages of completion. Any interesting case studies are welcome and all relevant abstracts will be accepted.


Stones, Bones and Photons: Synchrotron Applications in Physical Anthropology, Palaeontology and Preservation Studies.  Please see website:

Archaeological Techniques and Research Centre

Past Workshops


The Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute (CHCI) is currently taking applications for our Summer Apprentice Program. Graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates from various academic backgrounds (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, etc.) and all nationalities are encouraged to apply. The dates of the program are June 28 to August 21,

The research at CHCI involves a group of chimpanzees who use the signs of American Sign Language (ASL). Washoe, Moja, Tatu, and Dar were part of the cross-fostering research that began in 1966 with Drs. R.A. & B.T. Gardner. Each chimpanzee was raised in an enriched environment in which his or her human family members used only ASL, much like the environment in which a deaf human child grows up. Loulis was adopted by Washoe in 1978 and learned his signs from chimpanzees. Currently, Tatu, Dar, and Loulis reside at CHCI on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA in a large state-of-the-art facility.

Apprentices are at the institute daily — cleaning enclosures, preparing meals and enrichment, making observations of the chimpanzees, and participating in one or more research projects. The first week is intensive training in laboratory jobs and chimpanzee behaviors. After several weeks each apprentice becomes more autonomous and has responsibilities in research and husbandry. The philosophy of CHCI is that the needs of the chimpanzees come first. Apprentices are trained in humane care and research techniques.

The program fee is $1800 and there is a non-refundable $25 application processing fee. The costs do not include housing and transportation. Inexpensive housing is available on campus. A course in ASL is highly recommended but not required. For more information on the program and the application please see our web page at or contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold, CHCI, CWU, Ellensburg, WA 98926 The deadline to apply is March 30, 2009.

Workshop in Musculoskeletal Stress Markers (MSM): limitations and achievements in reconstruction of past activity patterns in Coimbra, Portugal, July 2-3, 2009


3D Imaging in Anthropological Research – This workshop was held in London, Ontario from October 26 to October 27.