GWIS members learned about the need for sex equity in biomedical research at Science Cafe: When Mice are Men at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Men and women respond to medical treatments differently. However, from cells to lab animals to human clinical trials, most biomedical research is done only in males. This can have major implications for drug development and women’s health care.
Dr. Melina Kibbe, MD, is the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the UNC School of Medicine. In her talk, Dr. Kibbe discussed the need for sex equity in biomedical research and discussed how we could be advocates.
Dr. Kibbe’s recommendations included:
- talking to our physicians about sex specific drug dosages (often dosage recommendations do not differ based on sex)
- contacting our representatives to advocate for legislation that promotes sex equity in biomedical research (e.g. this bill).
- for individuals involved in biomedical research, making sure that research is done in both sexes and that the sexes are reported in journal articles.
If you missed it, you can watch the Science Cafe: When Mice are Men HERE.