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Beyond the fig leaf: The science of sex and gender differences

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 — Concurrent Symposia Session I

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Conf. Room E1/E2


  • Janine Clayton, OD


Personalized medicine provides the promise of improved healthcare informed by research on the factors that makes each human unique. Sex and gender are basic variables used to categorize differences and similarities; these variables influence health, including the experience, treatment, and outcomes of disease. The integration of sex and gender in the design and analysis of basic and clinical research studies can enhance the rigor of investigative approaches, improve the quality of the science, and expand the applicability of the results, supporting a personalized medicine approach that can transform public health. This session will cover aspects of sex and gender factors in health and disease, from the development of biomedical devices and therapeutics to the personalization of treatment of cardiovascular disease. Discussion of the latest scientific advances in sex differences research and enhancements in study design to detect sex and gender differences will engage and inform the NIH scientific community.

Sex and gender differences in cardiovascular disease and healthcare delivery
Nakela Cook, NHLBI

Sex and gender considerations in devices and therapeutics
Belinda Seto, NIBIB

Gender in genetic and genomic research
Susan Taymans, NICHD

Sex and gender differences in pain
Cora Lee Wetherington, NIDA

A few tricks and traps when designing studies and evaluating sex and gender differences
Laura Johnson, NCCAM

Obesity-related hormones and endometrial cancer risk among post-menopausal women: The BFIT cohort FARE Award Winner
Cher Dallal, NCI

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