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Wednesday Aug 21st, 2019—4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sex and gender: Binaries or bimodal?
Melissa Wilson, PhD
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Understanding sex as a biological variable (SABV) is now considered one of the top priorities of the National Institutes of Health, spanning all institutes. This is because for most of clinical genetics, only one sex was studied, and now drugs, treatments, and therapies are failing at higher proportions in the unstudied (or understudied) sex, typically women. Layering on top of this, is the recognition that sex chromosomes, reproductive hormones, and gender identity all play unique rolls in both how disease manifests, and how patients are treated. Dr. Wilson leads the discussion on sex and gender in human health. 

Melissa Wilson, PhD is a computational evolutionary biologist whose main research interests include sex-biased biology. She studies the evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y in mammals), why mutation rates differ between males and females, and how changes in population history affect the sex chromosomes differently than the non-sex chromosomes. Generally she studies mammals and regularly engages the public in discussions about the difference between sex and gender, the importance (or not) of genetic inheritance, and understanding evolution.

Dr. Wilson is one of the authors of the recently published article: "The Pregnancy Pickle: Evolved Immune Compensation Due to Pregnancy Underlies Sex Differences in Human Diseases"


Friday Sep 13th, 2019—9:00am to 4:00pm
ABN Annual Conference
ABN
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In lieu of our September webinar, ABN is hosting its 8th Annual Conference entitled "Current Controversies in Bioethics." Join us at Banner Baywood Hospital as we learn about the ethical issues and current controversies in bioethics. We'll spend the day exploring the bioethical controversies in the news. What or who determines if "Do Not Resuscitate" orders should be honored for a patient with dementia? What are the ethical stances to medical assistance in dying? What can we foresee as issues when artificial intelligence takes a prominent place in medicine? Should your genomic data be collected and used in a public space? We hope you'll join us to hear from experts in their fields and share with them. Registration fee of $50 includes lunch. Students and residents pay a discount fee of $25. Full agenda and link to registration form is here.


Wednesday Oct 16th, 2019—4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Ethics of Uterine Transplantation
Hilary Mabel, JD
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On July 9, the Cleveland Clinic announced a successful birth by a woman who had received a uterine transplant from a deceased donor. Now that it has been proven successful, we ask Hilary Mabel, JD, from the Cleveland Clinic to lead us in a discussion of the ethics of the procedure. We know we can do it, but should we continue to do it? 

This webinar will not be recorded at the request of Ms. Mabel, so register today to participate!