COGS 1st International Meeting (2020): Emerging Themes

COGS Meeting 2020 Theme 1: Overall Goals. 1. Eschew the binary.
          2. Incorporate complexity.
          3. Walk the line between integration and specificity.
          4. Get sex and gender into policy: Advocate, build into annual planning meetings before policy developed (sex and gender experts involved with each policy maker), shape governmental structures.
          5. Use methods for measuring gender; be aware that gender may account for sex differences.
          6. Be aware of the tension between bringing people in based on the norm and reinforcing the norm/stereotypes.
          7. Integrate animal models with the human condition but be clear about mismatches between clinical populations and the animal model.
          8. Talk across disciplines by defining your field's terms of 'art'.
          9. Introduce economic focus.
          10. Integrate SGBA+.
          11. Emphasize 'reciprocal' relationships e.g. bidirectionality of the brain and hormones feeding back on the brain; telomeres and pain.
          12. Identify ignorance.
          13. Encourage the literature to report negative as well as positive results in women and men.
          14. Grow funding agency awareness of need for appropriate preclinical models for sex and gender.

COGS Meeting 2020 Theme 2: Knowing How To.1. Use refractive techniques that turn an assumption on its head.
          2. Bring in the community.
          3. Portray the complexity of disease as well as preventative measures.
          4. Use images to speak.
          5. Beware of colonization.
          6. Engage in perspectival complexity
          7. Consider the role of history and break out of it.
          8. Use intersectional scales.
          9. Study invisible and isolating diseases.
          10. Talk between medical disciplines: Pharmacology, pain, inflammation, endocrinology, bone health, surgery and economics
          11. Be specific about who is in your study and your target group.
          12. Study psychological variables that are pertinent to the community.
          13. Acknowledge the accumulating health risks of stigma, violence, and depression.
          14. Use dimensional approaches.
          15. Mix methodologies and triangulate what each one tells you.
          16. Consider that social knowledge becomes biomedical knowledge and ultimately, what we think we know about the body.

COGS Meeting 2020 Theme 3: Language Matters. 
          1. Hold researchers accountable for language.
          2. Make sure your language calls people in and not out.
          3. Adopt a language that can move from the simple to the complex.
          4. Don't blindly use the terms in the literature if  you know they are uninformative, incorrect, or biased.

COGS Meeting 2020 Theme 4: Training. Trainees need mentors and examples of how-tos

Supporting Organizations

Women's Brain Health Initiative logo and website link Women's Health Research Cluster logo and website link Ontario Brain Institute logo and website link Women's Health Research Institute at BC Women's logo and website link Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta logo and website link Canadian Institutes of Health Research logo and website link Women and Children's Health Research Institute logo and website link Elsevier logo and website link Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity logo and website Linköping University logo and website link Heart Stroke logo and website link centreDeRecherche logo and website link UMontreal logo and website link Einstein lab logo and website link