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Heartbreaking disregard of female perspective

In the last edition of the InsiderS, I reported on gender bias in evaluating grant proposals, as heard during a gender conference (http://nccr-planets.ch/gender-bias-erc-grant-evaluation/). Read here about some surprising insights concerning the gender dimension in academic research.

By Nadine Afram

This is from an interesting presentation about ‘gender equality and the gender dimension in academic research’. It dealt with aspects of Academic Medicine, for example with the research of myocardial infarctions, and offered some insightful facts that I try to summarise here. The list displays only the most striking statements that I managed to write down during the presentation:

Slide presented by Prof. Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, Charité Berlin, at the SNSF gender conference 2016.

It was concluded: Gendered research should be a discipline on its own and get an own professorship

Unsurprisingly, the neglect of ‚the female side‘ in research on myocardial infarctions is a shocking item for everyone who becomes aware of it for the first time. Is research on the female anatomy and differences to the ‚typical‘ male case unnecessary, as long as the reproduction organs are well enough understood?

There are obviously research fields that are not equal for the male and the female case (such as tobacco vs. estrogen, and also osteoporosis that is mainly studied for women despite having more serious consequences for men).

There is a need for a more natural self-evidence for the necessity of such research. Overall, justifying these lines of research is a fair concept but apparently still necessary. Needless to say, having to justify it seems superfluous to me.

[Notes from a presentation by Prof. Vera Regitz-Zagrosek (Charite Berlin) at the SNSF “Gender and Excellence: Challenges in Research Funding II” conference, 21 June 2016, Bern, Switzerland. Read more on the presentations here: http://www.snf.ch/SiteCollectionDocuments/Web-News/160705_news-gender-excellence_regitz_zagrosek_vera.pdf]

In the next issue, read about how to include the gender perspective in research and innovation projects.

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