Capacity building event: Sex & Gender Perspectives in Cardiovascular Research. October 19-23, 2020

“Every cell has sex, and every person is gendered.”

An extended doctoral course, joining forces with ACT Matching Events Conference and GOING-FWD, was encouraging students to examine the validity and implications of the statement in the field of experimental and clinical cardiovascular research, related to their PhD/research projects.

Aim: Co-learning to boost implementation of gender dimension in the research content.

Photo: Nikola Johnny Mirkovic,Unsplash

Focus was on what the current evidence and regulations suggest in respect to implementation of sex and gender perspectives in the field of experimental medicine, with further implementation in cardiovascular medicine and research.

This "matching event" provided a platform for exchange across the ACT Communities of Practice (CoPs) and key ERA stakeholders on issues regarding the ERA priority “gender dimension”. It was led by Associate Professor Karolina Kublickiene under the umbrella of KI Gender Innovation Alliance.



Biological Variables in Experimental Design: Sex Matters!
Professor Virginia M. Miller, Mayo Clinic, USA.

Introduction on the Gender Dimension (EU perspective)
Professor Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, Radboud UMC, the Netherlands.

Sex & Gender with Reflections from the Italian Society of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor Valeria Raparelli – Co-P.I. of GOING-FWD Sapienza University, Italy.

Cardiovascular Research and Gender
Professor Eva Swahn, Linköping University, Sweden.

Sex Differences in Metabolic Syndrome
Marion Korach-Andre, PhD, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

Sex Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease: what we know and what we do
Associate Professor Ivan Nalvarte, Karolinska Institutet.

Learning from Gender Champions
Elsevier Researcher’s Academy.

How to integrate sex, gender, and intersectional analysis into research 
Prof. Londa Schiebinger (Stanford University) & Prof. Cara Tannenbaum (Montreal University & IGH-CIHR).

Curious to know more and to access a selection of publications for further reading? Download the full course programme below.

The event/course is organized by DEVREG & KI Gendered Innovation Alliance together with GOING-FWD under Gender Net umbrella in conjugation with “ACT Matching Events”.

Host/facilitator: Associate Professor Karolina Kublickiene; Postdoctoral Researcher Liam Ward at Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institutet, SE and Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD - founder and Director of Portia Ltd UK.

Associate links of importance and interest:
ACT on Gender
GOING-FWD Consortium (Going Forward For Gender in Health)
BMJ Global health

After completion of both online seminar series and online teaching modules, students are expected to be able:

  • To account for sex and gender in biomedical research involving animals, cells, or tissues.
  • To account for sex and gender when considering aspects of biomedical, particularly cardiovascular, research in humans.