An article in Volume 11 of the Women's Brain Health Initiative's magazine, Mind Over Matter, sheds lights on the founding of COGS Research and the emerging field of sex and gender science. Check it out!
Article: The Great Divide: Sex & Gender Science.
Key points and quotes from the article:
- Scientists are now recognizing that sex and gender no longer means simple females and males; individuals who identify as transgender, non-binary, or two spirit must also be considered - all of which adds new complexities and sensitivities to research projects.
- A primary goal of sex and gender science: To advance the development of personalized treatments, interventions, policies, and programs that respond to the unique needs of all individuals - across sex, gender, and other intersecting-identity factors.
- "The goal is not only to grow the science but also to promote best practices. And That's a unique combination that we rarely see...Canada will be the hotspot to watch in sex and gender science."
Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health
- "The failure to consider the differences between women and men has not only led to imperfect science, but also lethal consequences, as when drugs developed with only men in mind had life-threatening impacts on women. Doing research wrong costs lives and money."
Dr. Londa Schiebinger, Project Director of Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering
- "COGS right now is for sharing information, networking, and starting conversations. The idea is to have people working across all disciplines to develop a unified theory and some paradigm shifts as we think about people in the context of their lives."
Dr. Gillian Einstein, Founder of COGS Research
New work from the GOING-FWD Consortium and COGS Executive Committee Member Dr. Louise Pilote published in CMAJ!
Key points from the article:
- Both sex (a biological attribute) and gender (a complex social construct incorporating identity, roles, relations and institutionalized gender) may influence infectious disease risk and outcomes, and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 appears to be no exception.
- We found institutionalized gender inequality (as measured by the United Nations Development Project’s Gender Inequality Index) to be positively associated with the male:female ratio reported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among countries that report sex-disaggregated data; males accounted for more cases in countries with higher gender inequality.
- Institutionalized gender and culturally entrenched roles and norms may influence who is most at risk of acquiring infection or who is able to receive a test.
- To understand how sex and gender affect disease risk and outcomes for COVID-19 will require expanded testing and collection of relevant data; this understanding will be crucial to managing the current pandemic.
Congratulations to the recipients of CIHR Sex and Gender Chairs!
The Sex and Gender Science Chairs support in-depth investigations in the field of sex and gender science and create discipline-specific Chairs to increase visibility and drive innovation within their respective fields.
Click here for a full list of awardees and their projects!