Published: 14-10-2011 00:00 | Updated: 26-11-2013 10:33

10-year jubilee gathers the elite of gender medicine

[PRESS RELEASE 14 October 2011] Karolinska Institutet's Centre for Gender Medicine is, as it reaches its 10th year, one of the world's first research science hubs for sexual and gender differences in health and disease. Researchers there have shown, for example, that there are differences between the sexes in terms of the cause, incidence, clinical profile and prognosis as regards cardiovascular disease, neuropsychiatric conditions, metabolic diseases and inflammation diseases.

In connection with the centre's 10th jubilee, Karolinska Institutet will be gathering together some of the world's leading experts on gender medicine.

The jubilee seminar will be officially open at 9.00 am on 17 October during a ceremony led by HRH Queen Silvia and the Karolinska Institutet president, Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson. This will be followed by such diverse programme items as "Differences between how men and women seek medical help", "The vulnerable man", "The vulnerable woman" and "Gender perspectives on the building of the New Karolinska Hospital in Solna."

Speakers include:

Marianne Legato, professor of cardiovascular diseases at Columbia University, New York, who will be talking about trends in gender medicine around the world. Prof. Legato is one of the pioneers of the subject and has been an inspiration for the development of the Centre. She also founded The Journal of Gender Medicine and was the editor for the first textbook on gender medicine. She has also written numerous popular science books on the subject.

Marek Glezerman, professor of gynaecology at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and president of the International Society of Gender Medicine, who will be talking at the seminar about the vulnerable man. Prof. Glezerman researches into fetal programming and the difference between male and female fetuses. His study of 66,000 births has revealed that there actually is a scientific basis to the myth that childbirth is often more complicated with baby boys. Male fetuses also run a greater risk of being born prematurely.

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