Dr Victoria Prince

Victoria Prince graduated from Cook College at Rutgers University with a degree in Biochemistry. She then pursued a combined MD/PhD at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School where she obtained a PhD in the department of Pharmacology and Physiology studying the effects of chronic alcohol consumption on cell-signaling in the liver. During this time, she became interested in evolutionary medicine and ancestral health, especially in the context of preventative medicine.

This interest drove her to specialize in family medicine at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine where she recently completed her residency training. She plans to practice in New Zealand before returning to academic medicine in the USA. Her academic interests include dietary lipids, liver disease, and many aspects of evolutionary medicine. Her clinical interests include full-spectrum family medicine, with an emphasis on lifestyle intervention and preventive care.

PRESENTATION: Ancestral Health in Academic Medicine: More than Just So Stories

Natural selection and human ancestry are major determinants of modern health, yet historically these topics have not been widely discussed in medical education or academic medicine. However, change is coming. More classes on evolutionary medicine are being taught, and more academics are recognizing the need for evolutionary thinking in medical education.

This presentation will discuss principles and examples of evolutionary medicine, the current place of evolutionary thinking in medicine, and the potential for increased evolutionary and ancestral thinking in academic medicine to improve overall health and well-being. Finally, we will discuss strategies for evaluating health-related topics from an evolutionary and ancestral perspective so as to avoid common pitfalls of “just so stories”.


Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • identify key principles of evolutionary medicine
  • discuss multiple examples of evolutionary medicine
  • distinguish pitfalls of “just so” evolutionary and ancestral stories in health and medicine, and how to avoid them