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ISPNE | Satellite preconference

Tuesday 19 August 2014 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Innovation through integration: why you need sex and gender in your psychoneuroendocrinology research toolbox

Are you implementing gender or sex considerations in your research? Should you? What is the difference between sex and gender, and why does it matter to your research design and outcomes? This workshop will offer practical strategies for integrating gender and sex in your research and deepen your understanding of how doing so can lead to research innovation.

Psychoneuroendocrinology has a long history of attending to biological sex differences, as some of the endocrine systems are sexually dimorphic, and differences in other endocrine systems (e.g., the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis) are well known for their differential regulation in men and women. Thus, psychoneuroendocrinologists have some expertise in thinking about women and men, females and males, and sex-related diversity. But there is more to these differences than what might be immediately apparent.

In this workshop, we will highlight the possibilities and promises that are generated by going deeper into sex, and bringing gender more substantially into our science. From clarifying hormone-behavior associations to more fully understanding social modulation of hormones, attending to gender and sex – where they differ and where they overlap – can add useful tools to the behavioral neuroendocrinologist’s toolbox, regardless of whether the research takes place in animals or humans.

In this workshop, we will further showcase innovative research on hormones, gender, and sex, present key methodologies that will allow improved identification of sex or gender influences in behavioral paradigms, and identify practical and key points for researchers to adopt or consider for their own scientific practice.

The workshop faculty

  • Dr. Gillian Einstein, Associate Professor, Psychology and  Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Jens Pruessner, Associate Professor, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University
  • Dr. Zena Sharman, Assistant Director, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
  • Dr. Sari van Anders, Assistant Professor, Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

This workshop is in part sponsored and organized by the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH). To learn more about IGH and why gender and sex matter to health, watch this video or visit IGH’s website.


Registration - Two payment options

  1. Credit card (VISA/MasterCard)
  2. Cheque : If you choose the cheque payment option, you will be able to register now but pay at the day of the conference.

Deadline to register online: August 8
NB: At-the-door registration will be available on the morning of the satellite.

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