November 2014

Treating Women Differently: A CME Course on sex based medicine

Sex differences matter when it comes to clinical care and as researchers better define those differences, clinics are beginning to implement sex-based medicine.   NorthwesternMedicine is leading the way and is hosting a half-day CME symposium featuring experts in the fields of Cardiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Pelvic Health on November 21, 2014 in Chicago.   To learn more and to register, CLICK HERE.

Parenthood after Cancer: changing the future through science

 The following essay by Institute Director Woodruff was published this month in Science2034.

In 2007, I was asked by the Medical Sciences Graduate Students Association at the University of Calgary to participate in a symposium called “Pushing the Boundaries – Advances That Will Change the World in 20 Years.” My presentation topic was oncofertility—a word I had just coined to describe the intersection of two disciplines, oncology and fertility—and I was thrilled to share my thoughts and passion for this new field and the goal of helping young women with cancer protect their future reproductive health.

NIH Moves carefully on Sex Equity in Research

The recent announcement by the NIH that it would change its funding decisions to address the lack of female animals and cells in early bench research, was indeed good news.  Yet, to date, no funding rules have changed.  To be fair, the NIH did issue a request for information from the research community so they could better understand the barriers to inclusion.  They are now reviewing those comments.