Roadmap for Addressing Sex Differences in Pain Management

September 26, 2011
2 - 4PM

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Biological differences between the sexes influence not only individual health but also public health, biomedical research, and health care. For example, studies have shown that males and females can have drastically different responses to certain medications, and in some cases these differences have prompted product recalls. In addition, researchers have begun to understand how sex differences affect characteristics such as pain perception, infection, and longevity.

In March 2010, The Institute of Medicine held the Sex Differences and Implications for Translational Neuroscience Research workshop to discuss sex differences and their implications for translational neuroscience research, which bridges the gap between scientific discovery and practical applications. This September, a distinguished panel will come together to address possible next steps recommended at the 2010 Workshop.

This event, sponsored by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Committee on Women in World Neuroscience, is part of IBRO/WWN's commitment to enhance research career development, mentoring and networking opportunities for women neuroscientists around the world.


Dr. Debora Spar, President of Barnard College will introduce the meeting and comment on the importance of maximizing knowledge resources to improve the health benefits of pain treatment.

Dr. Marianne Legato. Moderator: The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Mogil, E.P. Taylor Chair in Pain Studies and Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Pain at McGill University, will discuss the neural mechanisms mediating the perception and inhibition of pain.

Dr. Richard Smiley, an accomplished clinical researcher and physician, Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Chief, Obstetric Anesthesia at Columbia University Medical Center, will present data from his genetics of labor pain study and his multi center study on chronic pain after surgery in women.

Dr. Josephine P. Briggs an accomplished researcher and physician, Director of the National Center Complementary and Alternative Medicine and co-Chair of the National Institute of Health Pain Consortium, will discuss non-pharmacological interventions for chronic pain.

Dr. Saralyn Mark, Barnard alumna '83, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  She will comment on strategies to develop landmark educational campaigns on critical health issues.

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