Published April 5, 2013
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 a variance in the accuracy of their diagnoses, their treatment and even the kinds of treatment available to them.
On March 1, a UB conference, “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, sponsored by the 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, South Campus.
The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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 law.
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 norm.
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, advocates say, if they are to find and offer the best treatments available.
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: