Evolution in Medical Context

Eligible Subject: "Evolution in Medical Context"


This subject covers the evolutionary biological foundations of disease formation. It illustrates the underlying dynamicity of our gross morphology as human.

*Recommended for 2nd to 5th year students. 


Aim of the course

The aim of this subject is to widen the knowledge outside the scope of the classical clinical medicine. The focus is on the evolutionary mechanisms that brought medical complication into our biological system. 


Credits requirements: (1 semester course - 3 credits)

*Full attendance.



The course will take place once every two weeks of 2 hours in 6seminars during the summer semester.

Tuesday 15:00-17:00- Starting from the 2nd week of the semester 

1.    Molecular and anatomical evolutionary mechanisms. 
2.    Evolutionary comparative anatomy. 
3.    Selected vertebrates dissection lab in comparison to human anatomy.
4.    Human evolution and speciation. 
5.    Host-pathogen evolutionary interaction.
6.    Propagation of mutations, chromosomal and morphological congenital defects.
7.    Medical implications brought up by the upright standing. 
8.    Ethnicity in disease variable susceptibility.  
9.    Paleontology & Paleopathology (museum visit).

Created: 5. 8. 2020 / Modified: / Responsible person: MUDr. Azzat Al-Redouan