BUFFALO, N.Y. – When it comes to disease, health care and
medical research, men and women are different in their
susceptibility to specific diseases and disorders. In addition,
experts say there is also a variance in the accuracy of their
diagnoses, their treatment and even the kinds of treatment
available to them.
On March 1, a conference at the University at Buffalo,
“Sex, Gender, Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Symposium,” will focus on an interdisciplinary field that
addresses these issues and is calling for change in medical
practice and research.
The symposium is sponsored by the UB Institute for Education and
Research on Women and Gender and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. in 105 Harriman Hall, UB South Campus.
The conference is free and open to the public, but registration
is required, at http://genderin.buffalo.edu/sexgenderhealth.shtml
Sex and gender medicine is a discipline distinct from both
gynecologic medicine and men’s health, and one that advances
a rigorous evidence-based approach to sex and gender differences in
science and medicine, in access to proper treatment and in the
Practitioners note that historically, men have been the subject
of most biomedical research although no male is normative for the
entire human species and women are not deviations from such a
When it comes to illnesses of all kinds, they say, differences
between men and women have been found in prevalence,
susceptibility, symptoms, pathophysiology, likelihood to seek
treatment, treatments offered, response to treatment, morbidity and
mortality. Medical practitioners and researchers must address these
differences, say advocates, if they are to find and offer the best
This symposium is designed to bring together UB faculty members
and community leaders to provide information, stimulate discussion
and initiate novel interactions. It will present sex and gender
health research and discuss educational best practices for
incorporating sex and gender health into the curriculum.
Speakers will include:
Gale Burstein, MD, Erie County Health Commissioner and associate
professor of clinical pediatrics, UB School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences, on "The Significance of Sex in Sexually
Lucinda Finley, JD, vice provost for faculty affairs and Frank
Raichle Professor, UB Law School, on "Gender and Health: Legal
Robert Genco, DDS, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of
Periodontics and Endodontics, UB School of Dental Medicine, on "Sex
Differences in Oral Health and Systemic Disease"
Kim Griswold, MD, associate professor of family medicine, UB
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and research associate
professor of social and preventive medicine, UB School of Public
Health and Health Professions, on “Gender-Based Violence and
Susan Mangold, JD, UB Law School, on "Community-Based
Participatory Research: A Study of the Relationship Between Sources
and Types of Funding and Mental Health Outcomes for Children in
Foster Care in Ohio"
Mary Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice Center of
Erie County, on "Domestic Violence and Abuse and the Unique Family
Michael Rembis, PhD, assistant professor of history and director
of the UB Center for Disability Studies, on "Assessing Health Care:
What Your Doctor Probably Forgot to Mention"
Suzanne Tomkins, JD, UB Law School, on "Overcoming Barriers:
Protecting Pets of Victims of Domestic Violence"