The ASU Center for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health (CEMPH)

This link opens a poster announcement: The ASU Center for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health (CEMPH) will host several events to celebrate the center’s launch. Directed by Randolph Nesse, a founder of the field of evolutionary medicine, the  center’s mission is to establish evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine and public health worldwide. Research is at its core, but the center will also have major commitments to education, outreach and coordination  with similar programs. The new center synergizes with the ASU Center for Evolutionary Medicine and Bioinformatics, directed by Sudhir Kumar, by augmenting existing strengths in phylogenetics, with new faculty whose research uses basic evolutionary principles to understand problems such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, autoimmune disease, aging and behavioral disorders.


Randolph Nesse: As Tinbergen put it: ‘I have always been amazed, and I must admit annoyed as well, when I met, among fellow-zoologists, with the implied or stated opinion that the study of survival value must necessarily be guesswork’ ([5] p. 418).

My comment: I have always been amazed, and I must admit annoyed as well, by those who do not understand the biological fact that species survival and species diversity is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled.

Randolph Nesse: Tinbergen’s core insight is that the questions are not alternatives, they are complementary: answers to all four are necessary for a complete biological explanation.

There is a “slide” from one of Randy’s presentations that appears when you open this pdf.

Clearly it is long past time to begin further discussion of ecological adaptations in terms of their adaptive significance: they enable nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled species diversity.

Please note also, that Mark Flinn was one of the presenters at the opening ceremony, and see: Evolutionary functions of early social modulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis development in humans cited in Kohl (2013). “The newer and often redefined terms for pheromones limit the use of what is now known about their epigenetic effects, which are also associated with social stress on adaptively evolved socio-cognitive niche construction (Flinn, Nepomnaschy, Muehlenbein, & Ponzi, 2011; O’Connell & Hofmann, 2011, 2012; Whiten & Erdal, 2012).”


About James V. Kohl 1307 Articles
James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society