Workshop: What counts as a sex difference in diabetes and metabolic disease?

Workshop: What counts as a sex difference in diabetes and metabolic disease?

Join Dr Elizabeth Rideout and members from her research team for an engaging workshop on sex difference in diabetes research. Men and women differ in the risk of developing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. While lifestyle and cultural factors influence these differences, we also see male-female differences in glucose homeostasis and insulin biology in animal models. This suggests that biological sex plays an important role in regulating the risk of developing both types of diabetes. Unfortunately, the frequent use of male animals in biomedical research means that we lack fundamental knowledge of the mechanisms leading to sex differences in glucose homeostasis and insulin biology. The goal of this session is to provide more information on sex differences in diabetes and animal models of diabetes, and to answer FAQ about sex differences such as: What constitutes a sex difference? How can you tell if your phenotype might differ between the sexes? How do you analyze data from both sexes? What are the dos and don’ts of including both sexes in research? We will also hear from researchers who have used both sexes to discover interesting phenomena in different model systems, followed by a Q&A session to answer questions from the community on how to integrate biological sex into biomedical research.

Dr Rideout is an Assistant Professor at UBC in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences

CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair in Genetics

Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

Event details: ZOOM Virtual Event

Date: Thursday, November 12

Time: 01:30-3:00

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