The RcPsych EPSIG aims to raise awareness of the value of evolutionary theory to psychiatry, as well as encouraging research on the topic. The group has a fascinating mix of members with a range of expertise, bringing together clinical and academic expertise, across disciplines. They hold talks and host symposia, some of which can be found on their YouTube channel. Their newsletters are also available to all, if you want to read more.
A friend of mine, the wonderful Thomas Carpenter, is currently studying medicine at Edinburgh University. He is part of a group of medical students with an interest in evloution, who are calling themselves the Evolutionary Medics.
The Evolutionary Medics recently ran an event, which was entitled “Bringing Darwin back to Edinburgh: wine, cheese and evolutionary medicine.” The excellent presentations are now available to view on YouTube and I wanted to promote them here:
Dr Sam Brown – Can we make evolution proof drugs?
Prof Gillian Bentley – The Clinical Significance of Evolutionary Medicine
Applied Evolutionary Anthropology: Darwinian Approaches to Contemporary World Issues
This book has been published as the first of a series, Advances in the Evolutionary Analysis of Human Behaviour, edited by Rebecca Sear. The series is intended “to promote the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association tenets of rigour, integration and pluralism by producing a series of methodologically rigorous books with a pluralistic theme in the human behavioral sciences.”