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The Foundation For Gender-Specific Medicine

The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine supports the investigation of the ways
in which biological sex and gender affect normal human function and the experience of disease.








Marianne J. Legato, MD, PhD (hon c), FACP

Internationally renowned academic, physician, author, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of gender-specific medicine. She is a Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

What Happened In 2019

What Happened In 2018

What Happened In 2017

What Happened In 2016

What Happened In 2015

What Happened In 2014


Your contributions have made 2019 the most productive year we have ever had and we hope for even more exciting things in the year to come. You can support individual investigators or encourage research that addresses subjects in which you have a special interest. Come to talk with us about what you think might be the best use of your generosity. We depend on you, we want to collaborate with you and we are interested in your views of what is going on in this remarkable new period of biomedical research, already bearing completely unforeseen and stunningly important rewards.

Some of the things they are doing include:

  • Altering genetic structure to prevent or cure disease
  • Creating new forms of life by designing entirely new genomes
  • Developing ever more complex robots to assist and help humans achieve better lives.
  • Equipping men and women to travel in space and eventually equipping them to inhabit other places in the universe.
  • Unraveling the way the experiences of grandparents and parents shape the embryo in the womb to form characteristics that will last that child's lifetime

These are some of the projects we want to support. We sponsor thoughtful think tank sessions by leading biomedical investigators, legal experts and ethicists who together consider the implications of what we are doing in this revolutionary phase of human existence. Our new textbook, the third edition of the Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, our just-founded journal, Gender and the Genome, and the symposia we participate in and support all around the world are dedicated to reporting the new achievements that are expanding and changing our understanding of what it means to be human.


The Foundation is dedicated to the support of 21st century science, born with the announcement in 2000 that an international team of scientists had decoded the structure of the human genome.